Education and Teacher Certification Programs

Begin Your Clinical Experiences Sophomore Year

At Franklin Pierce, you can focus on Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education.  Starting your sophomore year, a variety of clinical placements get you into the classroom early to earn hands on experience.  This prepares you to manage your own classroom prior to an entire semester (or more) of student teaching during your senior year.

Elementary Education

As an Elementary Education major, you will choose
an area of concentration in either K-6, K-8, or Educational Studies.

Elementary Education Details

Secondary Education

As a Secondary Education major, you will choose a
certification program in English, Life Sciences, or Social Studies to pursue as a second major.

Secondary Education Details

Special Education

As a General Special Education major, you will double major in both General Special Education and Elementary Education.

Special Education Details

Education Club

This club focuses on providing you with tools and experiences that will enhance the skillset needed for all levels of education. It also offers a variety of community service and test preparation opportunities.

Pi Lambda Theta

If you meet the requirements for induction, you have the opportunity to join this national education honors society. Membership affords you many benefits, including job networking, scholarship money, workshop support, and a gold cord to wear at graduation to stand out from the crowd.

  • Elizabeth Litchenberg G '15

    "Because I was already teaching, I could take what I learned from the classroom and apply it immediately to what I was doing."

    Elizabeth Litchenberg G '15 

    Elementary Teacher, Alton Central School 

  • Ashley Pietrowski '15

    "The coursework at Franklin Pierce gave me a basic understanding of working in education, but it was the hands-on student teaching experience that helped me master technical skills needed to manage a classroom and teach. The professors, small classes, and close-knit community all prepared me to reach my potential in life, and my career."

    Ashley Pietrowski '15

    Applied Academics Resource Teacher, West Springfield Middle School 

Sample Career Opportunities
  • Department of Education
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Easter Seals Disability Services
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • New England Center for Children
Student Teaching Sites
  • Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District
  • Keene School District
  • Mascenic Regional School District
  • Gardner School District
  • Winchendon Public School District
  • Ashburnham-Westminister Regional School District
Want to Know More?

Download the Elementary Education program sheetDownload the Secondary Education program sheet  Download the Special Education program sheet 

Download an Elementary Education program sheet, Secondary Education program sheet, or Special Education program sheet to view on-screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.

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