The Education department at Lasell College prepares students for teaching careers through Connected Learning and supportive faculty. The curriculum also allows students to enter the licensure program immediately.

Faculty Bio

Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D.Chair of Education, Associate Professor of Education Office: Brennan Library

We are delighted to provide leadership in the field of education at a critical time in schools when students need highly qualified, effective, and committed educators. The Education Department at Lasell College provides a variety of options for those interested in working with children and youth in the classroom and outside of classrooms, in the public schools or in private schools, and in for-profit and non-for profit organizations.

We offer undergraduate teacher preparation programs in early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education. Our teacher preparation programs are approved by the state of Massachusetts and are aligned to most recently released, January 2015 Professional Standards for Teachers and the Massachusetts’ Educator Evaluation Framework. We also offer a major in curriculum and instruction for students looking beyond the classroom.

Our mission and vision

Through connected learning and a culture of collaborative research-based practices, we prepare Lasell graduates to educate diverse students in today’s classrooms. We believe that we need to both teach and model the best practices in education in order for Lasell graduates to develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to effectively teach all students.

Our Commitment

We are committed to preparing Lasell graduates with all Massachusetts licensure requirements, allowing them to be ready to be educators on day one. We support them through:

  • Close and supportive faculty-student collaboration,
  • Practicum experiences in urban and suburban classrooms all four years that embed observation and teaching each semester,
  • Service-learning opportunities local and abroad,
  • MTEL workshops preparation every semester,
  • International teaching and leadership opportunities,
  • Unique internship opportunities, 
  • Volunteer opportunities with local non-for-profit organizations.

Practicum, Student Teaching, and Internship Partners

For students, who would like to be teachers in schools, we provide opportunities in urban and suburban schools and our partners include:

  • Newton Public Schools
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Dedham Public Schools
  • Watertown Public Schools
  • Waltham Public Schools, and
  • Others school district and private schools in the metropolitan Boston area. 

For students searching for opportunities to work in the education field with non-for-profit organizations and other companies to help them develop and delivered education programs that support students outside the schools day, we partner with organizations like:

  • Wright-Locke Farm (Winchester, MA)
  • Price Center Organization (Newton, MA)
  • Habitat for the Homeless
  • Boys and Girls Club of America
  • Perkins International (Watertown, MA)
  • Newton Public Schools Employment and Community Relations Transition Program
  • Public Consulting Group, Inc.,(Boston, MA)  and many others.

Our Unique Teacher Preparation Program

All of our programs integrate understanding and application of the learning process, professional skills, and a broad-based knowledge of content in the specific field of study. Our program uses universal design for learning (UDL) principles and backwards design methods in our teaching, and embeds best practices in the field every day and those identified by the state of Massachusetts as high leverage practices for teacher and student success.

Lasell offers state-approved licensure programs at early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels, as well as a non-licensure curriculum & instruction option.
Majors and concentrations offered in the department include the following:

Master of Education Initial and Professional Licensure Program

The Education Department also offer a Master of Education Degree with two areas of concentration for initial licensure and professional licensure: Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities. Students may be eligible to earn a master’s degree in one of these fields through a fifth-year program earning licensure in two areas. The Graduate Program is described in our Graduate and Professional Studies section.

If you have any questions please contact us at or via phone at 617-243-2191.

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