Course Catalog

Program in Education


Amy Ballin, Assistant Professor, Special Education Coordinator
Janet Chumley, Associate Professor of Practice, Education Program Director
Christine Evans, Associate Professor of Practice, Director of the New England Center for Children Program
Heather Fortin, Assistant Professor of Practice

Affiliated Faculty

Daren Graves, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Janie Ward, Professor, Department of Africana Studies

Program Mission Statement

Simmons educates people who share a passion for learning, a commitment to community, and a determination to make a difference. We prepare educators and leaders through clinical experiences and research-based practices to enable them to meet the challenges of a more diverse, technological, and global society. We promote equity, excellence, and social justice in a culture of collaboration.

Overview of the Minor

Undergraduates who want to pursue graduate studies or professional positions in education-related fields including policy, community-based programming, curriculum development, and teacher preparation should consider the Education Minor.

Because of its multidisciplinary and rigorous nature, education is a field that provides intellectual and practical contributions to areas central to the lives of children and youth and their communities within, outside, and around schools. We believe that important educational work happens both inside classrooms and in such locations as community-based organizations, out-of-school educational settings, youth-based advocacy centers, and in the social work and juvenile justice systems, among others. The Education Minor complements many majors at Simmons for anyone considering such careers.

Finally, for students who want to become teachers, this minor provides academic preparation and careful pre-professional advising so that students can enter graduate licensure programs elsewhere or seek teaching jobs that do not require licensure (abroad or in charters or private schools).

For undergraduates in the class of 2023 or above, please consult previous catalogs for descriptions of the 4+1 (five-year) program offerings in the Education Department.