Education

For more than 60 years, the Department of Education has graduated highly qualified, well-prepared teachers who are active participants in the life of children and schools. Our graduates work in classrooms from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, in many states and foreign countries.

Our programs integrate a content-oriented curriculum with practical field experience in diverse settings. We emphasize culturally responsive teaching and revise our curriculum to keep current with innovative practices in today's schools. Through their extensive student teaching assignments, our students develop skills that enable them to put theory into practice, observe cutting-edge methods and gain valuable experience in their discipline.

Programs

Early Childhood Education

Our early childhood education program prepares students to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in grades pre-kindergarten through 2. Accredited by the Rhode Island Department of Education and grounded in a liberal arts tradition, our program integrates a content-oriented and comprehensive study of teaching methods with practical field experience in diverse settings.

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Elementary Education and Special Education

Grounded in the liberal arts tradition and consistent with the University’s mission of service, our elementary and special education programs integrate content-oriented curricula with comprehensive study of teaching methods and practical field experience in diverse settings. We emphasize culturally responsive teaching and attentively revise our curriculum to ensure that our students are implementing the most current, innovative and effective practices in the schools where they work.

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Music Education

In concert with the powerful message of our mercy mission statement and the classic ideals of a Catholic liberal arts tradition, our music and music education programs fuel the imagination and inspire students to pursue their passion while working to make the world a better place – one that is harmonious, just and merciful.

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Secondary Education

Our secondary education curriculum readies students to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in selected content areas for grades 7-12. Our majors develop the skills required to be an effective leader and the expertise to confidently move from being students in the classroom to teachers who will make a difference.

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