The Lynch School has a long history of collaborative partnerships with Boston, Newton, and Brookline Public Schools, as well as with Catholic, private and charter schools in the greater Boston area.
Teaching today’s diverse learners requires a broad knowledge base, complex problem solving, and critical reflection. A degree in Elementary Education from Boston College provides you with the total package of tools, skills, and resources to thrive as an educator.
Our program features applied learning in many settings—public, private, parochial, and independent—and include bilingual, alternative, and special needs classrooms. Our practica and methods courses are closely linked so you’re always expanding your knowledge and practice.
You’ll interact with a variety of people, on campus and beyond, including expert faculty, experienced practitioners, graduate students, researchers, and students from a variety of contexts. Learn more about our community.
Our Elementary Education program features coursework in child development, learning theories, and instructional strategies. You’ll leave prepared to teach children in grades one–six, with and without mild disabilities.
Instructional strategies and models
Curriculum and school organizational practices
Assessment procedures and instruments
As an Elementary Education student, you’ll complete Boston College’s Core requirements, providing you with a strong liberal arts foundation for whatever your future holds. And you’ll strengthen your expertise with a major or interdisciplinary major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.
The Lynch School has a long history of national accreditation, which includes NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council), and CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). Most recently, the Lynch School was granted full and complete accreditation through CAEP, valid from Fall 2018 through Spring 2024. Boston College is currently the only CAEP accredited education preparation organization in Massachusetts.
The Lynch School partners with a range of urban and suburban public, private, parochial, and charter schools in Greater Boston—empowering students to apply their skills in dynamic classroom settings. In the process, they gain teaching experience and learn how to thrive in an increasingly diverse education environment.
Student teaching opportunities include:
Boston College supports these partnerships through competitive national grants, including recent awards from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the National Science Foundation and through Title III funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Undergraduate students participating in the Elementary Education program will learn to promote student development, how to teach for social justice, and how to reflect on practice to improve instruction. They will be prepared to work with students of a variety of backgrounds creating classroom environments that engage all students. More specifically:
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students by providing high-quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, using these assessments and reflections on teaching to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an ongoing basis, and continuously refining learning objectives.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, demonstrate cultural proficiency, and knowledge about language challenges in academic settings.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.
The teacher candidate will demonstrate an inquiry stance by collecting and reporting data on pupil outcomes for the purpose of assessing, teaching, and modifying instructional practice.
The teacher candidate will identify policies and practices that contribute to systemic inequities in education and be aware of how his or her own background experiences are influenced by these systems, and recognizes a professional responsibility to promote and practice principles of social justice teaching.
2016 Career Center Data
Elementary Education Majors
BC Fact Book, 2016
2016-2017 academic year
First Grade Teacher
Third Grade Teacher
First Grade Teacher
Integrated Preschool Teacher
Fourth Grade Teacher
Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TCS Department.