The Education Unit at Framingham State University strives to prepare its students for one of the worthiest and noblest of careers, the teaching profession.

In order to achieve high standards of excellence members of the Education Unit encourage the development of teachers who are knowledgeable, skillful, caring, inclusive, ethical and professional. The philosophy, goals and purposes of the Education Unit are consonant with professional standards established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as requisite for approval of programs to prepare candidates for teacher licensure and for reciprocal licensure through the Interstate Certification Compact. They are designed to meet or align to national standards, including the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (now known as CAEP), standards of specialized professional associations, the Five Core Propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and the National Education Association (NEA) Code of Ethics.

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Introducing the Dean

Welcome to the College of Education at Framingham State University (FSU). As the oldest teacher education institution in the United States, FSU continues to build on its proud legacy of preparing students to enter this fundamental and rewarding profession, one that lies at the very heart of our sense of community and economic progress. Framingham State is ranked at the highest national level (Title II first quartile) and accredited by CAEP which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). FSU students may have the opportunity to attend classes online as well as on-campus. Additionally, students in the College of Education may pursue several routes to licensure at the undergraduate and graduate levels, for both traditional and non-traditional students. Our highly regarded faculty, who are equally caring practitioners and dedicated researchers, work closely with students to ensure their success.

Our approved teacher preparation programs, which include field placement, lead to Massachusetts teacher licensure. Now in its fifty-fourth year of offering quality early childhood education, the fully-accredited Child Development Lab and Early Childhood Center serve as an on-campus site for both field work and internships. We prioritize working with, and for, high-need areas including urban, suburban, and rural schools, families, and communities. At a time when the cost of education has become prohibitive for many families, Framingham State University has proudly maintained both quality and affordability. We look forward to welcoming you into our community of learners.

Dr. Larnell Flannagan
Larnell Flannagan, Ed.D.

Interim Dean, College of Education

It is a pleasure to serve as Interim Dean of the College of Education. As Interim Dean, I look forward to providing leadership for promoting and advancing FSU’s teacher preparation programs. After all, the College of Education has a long tradition of producing highly qualified teachers for our state and nation. So it is incumbent upon all of us in the Educator Preparation Provider Unit, and our partnership school districts to work in collaboration to educate teachers for 21st Century Schools. I welcome the opportunity to assist this stellar College of Education in its next chapter of preparing great teachers."

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