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Education Department

Why Education?

Educator Preparation at Westfield State University has 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

Department Spotlight

Westfield State University’s educator preparation program is fully accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Westfield State University was awarded full accreditation for seven years in June 2020.  AAQEP also awarded our educator preparation program with a commendation for our work in anti-racist education.

Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)
P.O. Box 7511
Fairfax Station, VA 22039-9998

We have AAQEP and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved programs in the following licensure areas:
  • Early Childhood (PreK-2)
  • Elementary Education (1-6)  
  • Moderate Disabilities - (PreK-8; 5-12)  
  • Music Education (All levels) (Music Department)
  • Physical Education (PreK-8; 5-12) (Movement Science Department)  
  • Reading Specialist (All levels)
  • Secondary Education [Biology (8-12), Chemistry (8-12), English (5-12), General Science (5-8), History (5-12) and Mathematics (5-8; 8-12)]
  • School Counselor (PreK-8; 5-12) (Psychology Department)
  • ​School Adjustment Counselor (All levels) (Psychology Department)
  • Visual Art - (PreK-8; 5-12)* (Art Department)
  • Vocational Technical Education**
*Visual Art was approved by DESE on 7/31/2020 and therefore was not part of the AAQEP review.
**This program is approved by DESE. AAQEP does not review vocational technical education programs.


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.