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Education Department

Why Education?

Educator Preparation at Westfield State University as been a vital and integral part of the University since its founding in 1839 by Horace Mann as the Westfield Normal School. We have a vibrant and engaged student body and faculty, who want you to have a top-notch and rewarding undergraduate experience in your quest to become a highly qualified teacher.

Why Westfield? Westfield State University is a leading institution in teacher education. The University education program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Education Department also serves community college students who wish to transfer into one of three majors offered by the Department: Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education. The University has several transfer agreements with area community colleges.

Learn more about:
Our Celebration of Teachers Annual Event
Our Professional Development School Network
Our Reach to Teach Program
Our Teacher-in-Residence Program
Our Five-Year Dual Licensure and M.Ed. Program

Call for Third-Party Comment

Submission Deadline: March 11, 2020

On April 8-9, Westfield State University will host an accreditation visit by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). In preparation for the visit, the AAQEP Quality Review Team is soliciting public comment about the quality of educator preparation provided by Westfield State University. All comments must be submitted by March 11, 2020 through the AAQEP website: Submit Comment

Department Spotlight

Westfield State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Westfield State University is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in 2020.

We have state approved programs in the following licensure areas:

  • Elementary Education (1-6)  
  • Secondary Education (Math, Science, History, English)  
  • Special Education (Moderate Special Needs - PreK-8; 5-12)  
  • Early Childhood
  • Physical Education (Movement Science Department)  
  • Reading
  • School Counselor
  • ​School Adjustment Counselor
  • Music Education
  • Vocational Education


Our Education majors are employed statewide, regionally and nationally.

  • Teachers

Clubs & Organizations

  • Student Education Association of MA (SEAM)

    The primary purpose of Westfield State's SEAM is to promote interest in education to young adults.