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University Policies & Regulations

Familiarize yourself with University Policies and Regulations and the Code of Student Conduct.

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services is designed to help you explore career possibilities, investigate employment trends, and consider graduate school options. Their staff can provide individual advising and workshops on job search strategies, resume writing, and interviewing. Their online career database, Handshake, provides UMass Boston students and alumni access to job postings, career event details, on-campus recruitment activities, and the bi-weekly Job Bulletin. In addition, the Career Resource Library offers many helpful publications related to careers and graduate study. This library is open Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be used on a walk-in basis.

About Curriculum & Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction prepares future educators in several areas, including early childhood, elementary, middle/secondary education, and special education. The department also includes undergraduate programs in Elementary and Middle/Secondary Education and Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings. The experienced faculty have relationships with urban schools, child care programs, and early intervention agencies and have deep knowledge of best practices as well as developmentally appropriate practices, research and grant experience in a variety of methodologies and applied research activities, and teaching experience across the spectrum of higher education.

Consistent with the missions of the College of Education and Human Development and the university, the department is committed to providing students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to promote professional excellence in urban settings, the understanding that culture and worldview shape meaning in every aspect of individual and group life, the ability to engage in critical and creative inquiry and in continuous learning, and the recognition of the instructional advantages of new technologies in addressing the learning needs of all students. Throughout each program, there is an emphasis on social justice and student advocacy. All programs provide a context by which candidates can reflect on their teaching practices and view themselves as active contributors to school improvement. Each program has licensure and non-licensure options for students.

The programs aim to prepare thoughtful and responsive educators who:

  1. demonstrate professional commitments by upholding ethical behaviors, pursuing life-long learning, dedicating oneself to serve others, and acknowledging human resilience and capability to learn;
  2. possess breadth and depth in content and pedagogical knowledge, assessment practices, and the use of technology in practice; and
  3. implement best practices by demonstrating caring behavior, collaborating productively with others, reflecting on how to improve professional practices, and promoting social justice as social change agents.

The teacher preparation programs seek to ensure that all of its graduates are prepared to

  • teach in diverse, urban settings,
  • engage students through inclusive practices,
  • hold all students to high expectations, and
  • impart content knowledge at the highest conceptual levels.

Contact Us

Administrative or Faculty Inquiries

Paloma Britt, Administrative Assistant 
Curriculum and Instruction

Field Placement Inquiries

Moira Downes, Field Placement Coordinator

Prospective Student Inquiries

Office of Student Services
Wheatley Hall, 1st Floor, Rooms 50 & 51

Teach Next Year Inquiries

Alicia Savannah, TNY Coordinator

Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Why Curriculum and Instruction

Our faculty are dedicated to teacher and educator preparation and are passionate about children and youth across the age spectrum. Through our research and work in schools and community settings, we impact state, national, and global policy on early childhood education, youth development, and social justice education. We train early interventionists, infant and toddler teachers, preK-12 teachers, transition specialists, and leaders from a unique social justice perspective that emphasizes developing caring, reflective educators who are lifelong learners and who value family and community engagement.

Our training is both academic and applied. We teach knowledge and skills, but all of our programs prepare students to conceptualize the whole person in socio-cultural-developmental, family, and multicultural contexts. Student learning prioritizes a social justice perspective and a focus on diverse populations from childhood through adulthood, in schools, communities, early childhood settings, homes, and agencies. Our graduates succeed in obtaining the careers they desire, whether in a center, agency, school or at a university, and in changing the world for the people they serve.