The Academic Experience at Wheelock College


Wheelock College is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/ CAEP) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Programs leading to state educator licensure issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) or used by candidates to apply for an early care, preschool teacher or center director credential issued by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) are further recognized by the following national specialized associations: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI, for review of elementary programs), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC, for review of special education programs), and the International Reading Association (IRA).


In order to shape and modify its curriculum in a manner consistent with the successful implementation of its mission, faculty and administrators are informed by Wheelock College's Academic Guiding Principles*. They are as follows.


Wheelock College cultivates a passion for learning among all members of its community. We are a diverse learning community whose members respect differences among people, their ideas, and their ways of being in the world.

Principle One

Wheelock College creates and sustains an environment of critical inquiry, creative expression, and growth. Wheelock College students:

  • master content in the arts and sciences in sufficient depth and rigor to allow an appreciation for the beauty and integrity of the disciplines;
  • develop expertise in the education and human service professions along a continuum from entry level to advanced practice;
  • explore new ideas, experiences, and collaborative partnerships, and integrate academic learning and community-based experiences;
  • apply multicultural and developmental perspectives to understand individual, family, community, and societal growth.

Principle Two

Wheelock College develops reflective, responsive, and responsible world citizens who are prepared to:

  • understand the broad social, cultural, political and economic contexts that influence the lives of all children and families at the local, national, and international levels;
  • engage, individually and collectively, in lifelong learning, embrace multiple perspectives, and participate within diverse communities;
  • realize their capacity for leadership that creates a more just world for all children and families.

*Developed by the faculty and approved by faculty vote in May 2006.



Wheelock College is committed to creating and sustaining a campus community that accepts and honors the diversity of its members. Diversity is the understanding and appreciation of all people regardless of ethnic origin and background, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or ability. The goals supporting this commitment include the following:

  • promoting an institutional commitment to diversity;
  • creating and sustaining a campus climate that appreciates diversity;
  • increasing and supporting sustained opportunities for student experiences and student learning from a diverse, equitable and multicultural perspective;
  • to make Wheelock College a place where persons of any age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicapping condition, and gender or sexual orientation feel welcome and respected.

Any person having inquiries or complaints concerning Wheelock College's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or the Americans With Disabilities Act is directed to contact President Jackie Jenkins-Scott at 200 The Riverway or telephone her at (617) 879-2161. The President has been designated by Wheelock College to coordinate Wheelock College's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Age Discrimination Act of 1973, and The Americans with Disabilities Act.


All members of the College community, including students, faculty, administrators, and staff, have a right to be free from sex discrimination in the form of sexual harassment by any other member of the College community.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the College is committed to providing support services and reasonable accommodations on an individual basis to students with disabilities (as defined by law). Students requesting accommodations must submit appropriate documentation verifying the need for accommodations and contact the Director of Academic Assistance and Disability Services in the Office of Academic Advising and Assistance.


The College is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment that is free of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. The College is a member of the Coalition of Boston area schools on underage drinking. This Coalition adopted a set of principles and commitments to address problem drinking. In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and other state and federal laws, the College has developed the following Drug and Alcohol Awareness Policy.


Email is an official method of communicating at Wheelock College. The Office of Information Technology creates and issues a Wheelock email account to each student upon enrollment. Each student is notified, in writing, of his/her email address and receives instructions for accessing his/her email account. The Wheelock College Student Email Policy requires students to activate and utilize their Wheelock email accounts. The Policy was developed to set standards for communications between the College and its students, to ensure that all students have access to pertinent College information, and to ensure that administration, faculty, and staff of the College have a standardized method and a timely process for communications with students.


Wheelock College is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings including the dorms as well as on all property.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 requires the College to maintain the confidentiality of student educational records and is intended to be a safeguard against unauthorized release of information contained in student educational records. In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students enrolled at Wheelock College and former students have the right to review their educational records upon request. However, confidential evaluations, recommendations placed in educational records prior to January 1, 1975, and parents' financial records and related materials may not be released to students or former students.


Wheelock College is committed to promoting intellectual growth in an environment that honors academic integrity, ethical behavior and academic excellence. To that end, an Academic Honesty System has been established to ensure that proper behavior is recognized and that improper behavior is addressed in a fair, consistent, and timely manner. Students are required to meet the College's standards for academic honesty which include producing original work, crediting nonoriginal work and outside sources, and behaving honestly in all academic endeavors.


Central to the Academic Honesty System is the Academic Honor Code. Undergraduate students must agree to be bound by the Code at the beginning of each academic year. Graduate students must agree to be bound by the Code when they enter their programs. All students must comply with the Academic Honor Code at all times while they are enrolled at the College.


As a citizen of the Wheelock College community, I am committed to acting honestly and with integrity in all aspects of academic life. I pledge to conduct myself ethically in my academic endeavors. I accept responsibility for what I write and what I say. In the spirit of trust, I will not misrepresent my academic work. I will not cheat and I will work toward creating a fair academic environment for all. * For more complete information on these Wheelock College policies see the Wheelock College Student Handbook online at ** For more complete information on Wheelock College Academic Policies see the Wheelock College website at


Wheelock delivers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs through two schools under the leadership of a Vice President for Academic Affairs. These include the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Graduate and Professional Programs. The School of Arts and Sciences at Wheelock College is home to six academic program areas - American Studies, Arts, Communications, Psychology and Human Development, Humanities, Math and Science and Political Science and Global Studies. These programs provide students with a strong liberal arts education, and encompass the knowledge and skills required for a wide variety of career paths. Since it's estimated that college students today will likely have four or five careers - not just jobs - over their professional lives, a strong liberal arts foundation provides students with the functional skills and flexibility to shift to new careers over their professional life. The School of Graduate and Professional Programs embodies Wheelock's mission, to improve the lives of children and families, by offering a rigorous educational experience and a range of professional career paths for students who wish to become change agents in the lives of children, families, and communities. This School is home to eight professional program areas- Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education; Language and Literacy Studies, Child Life, and Social Work; Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, Leadership and Policy. The program portfolio of undergraduate and programs in these areas support the needs of early practitioners as well as experienced practitioners. The School of Graduate and Professional Programs develops and offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs and continuing education opportunities. Our programs are offered at our Boston and Brookline campuses, and the MSW program is offered in Worcester in a cohort model through which students participate in a program as a unified group, supporting each other through a clearly defined curriculum. The school also oversees courses or programs that are delivered at times, locations and with schedules that accommodate the professional and personal demands of our students including evening, weekend programs and on-line or blended courses. The first fully online Wheelock program was launched in fall 2012 The Educational Studies Master's: Achieving Excellence in Teaching Math and Science, is designed to provide quality professional development in content and pedagogical knowledge and application for teachers and others working with elementary-age students.


The College provides academic oversight of all undergraduate and graduate programs through two Schools: (1) Arts and Sciences; and (2) Graduate and Professional Programs.


Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

Students who major in Psychology and Human Development, Mathematics/Science and Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy majors earn the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Those who elect American Studies, Political Science and Global Studies, Arts, Communication, Humanities, majors are awarded the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). In combination with an Arts and Science major students prepare for professions by completing a second major in one of the following professions, Elementary, Early Childhood or Special Education or Child Life (which includes a fifth year master's program and national examination to qualify for the Child Life Specialist credential).The professional majors provide students with content knowledge and practical fieldwork experiences in their chosen field, support them in passing state or national exams in order to qualify for licensure or professional credentials. Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy is a stand-alone professional major that does not require an Arts and Sciences Major.

Bachelor of Social Work

Undergraduates who major in Social Work earn the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree. In their program students acquire practical experience working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a variety of social service settings, including child welfare and family service agencies, hospitals, and schools. All Social Work majors complete additional Arts and Sciences coursework beyond General Education requirements. Students can complete additional Arts and Sciences coursework in one of three ways: by completing a second major in an Arts and Sciences discipline (American Studies, the Arts, Human Development, the Humanities, or Math and Science; by completing a 16 credit minor in one of these same disciplines or in Understanding Autism or by completing 12 elective credits in the Arts and Sciences. Students in this program who pursue a double major earn a BSW degree.

Undergraduate Minors

Minors in Child Health, Education, Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, Leadership, Communication Studies and Disorders and Understanding Autism as well as in several Arts and Sciences areas are available to Wheelock undergraduates. Minors are typically 16 credits. Detailed descriptions of the Arts and Sciences minor can be found in the individual department sections of this catalog.


Post-Baccalaureate Licensure and Certificate Programs

Wheelock College's School of Graduate and Professional Programs offers an undergraduate Human Services Certificate Program and a graduate level non-degree Parenting Education Certificate Program, through the Department of Child Life and Family Studies. The Leadership and Policy department offers a graduate certificate in Organizational Leadership. An interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Autism is overseen the Special Education Department in collaboration with faculty in Early Childhood, Human Development, and Social Work. State approved advanced course clusters are also offered in areas of English as a Second Language, Reading, Special Education, Advancing Content Knowledge in Elementary Math, and Advancing Content Knowledge in Elementary Science to advance specific Massachusetts initial teacher licenses to the professional level (see page 120) and for professional development purposes. A graduate certificate option program provides the opportunity to complete state teacher licensure requirements to Wheelock graduates who recently completed a non-licensure educator preparation program.

Masters Programs

Masters of Science (M.S.) degree programs are offered in several areas of study leading to a professional credential or license: 1. Child Life and Family Centered Care; 2. Early Childhood Education (2 program/age group options); 3. Integrated Elementary and Special Education ; 4. Teacher of Reading (an advanced program for teachers with a license and at least one year of experience.). All professional master's programs in education can include clusters of content courses that advances the initial teacher license in Early Childhood, Elementary or Special Education (Moderate Disabilities) or ESL/ELL to the professional level for teachers who have completed other state requirements for the professional license. Other variations of the Educational Studies and the Language and Literacy Studies programs offer more flexibility for self-design toward a new career or professional advancement/renewal. The College also offers a Masters of Social Work (MSW) program, and a dual degree MSW/ MS in Organizational Leadership that is designed primarily for potential or new leaders of non-profit agencies.


The Wheelock College Center for International Programs and Partnerships (see p. 11) delivers of a range of culturally-responsive, state-of-the-art educational programs abroad in collaboration with local education ministries, universities and other educational institutions. Currently, the Center has the capacity to offer programs leading to an Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Each degree program leads seamlessly from one level to the next. These programs are offered through a cohort model in collaboration with specified in-country partners as noted. The current programs offered internationally are designed to meet the educational ministry requirements and requests in the locations in which they are offered, including a range of professional development needs. The programs are not designed to meet the full requirements for beginning or advanced teacher preparation in the United States. The programs do not lead to a teacher credential or license in Massachusetts or in the United States. The international degree programs are as follows:

Master of Science in Early Childhood Education

This program, offered in collaboration with the SEED Institute in Singapore, applies current knowledge and theory in the fields of child development, early education and research to leadership in the early childhood sector. This Master of Science program provides an excellent model to educate professionals for leadership, management, teacher education, and policymaking positions in early childhood education in Asia and globally.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is designed to prepare learners to continue to pursue a career in education and satisfies the degree requirements of Wheelock College. The program helps graduates prepare for successful careers as education leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, administrators or specialists for inclusive and speciation education.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a Focus on Literacy

This program, offered in collaboration with the SEED Institute in Singapore, applies current knowledge and theory in the fields of child development and early childhood education to teaching children from infancy to age eight. Coursework in literacy instruction, language development, and/or expressive artsâ€" theatre and drama, financial management of early childhood education programs, and helping children and families coping with stress offers a unique and holistic concentration on educating young children. For a complete description of the international academic programs visit the Wheelock College website at


Honors Program

The Wheelock Honors Program offers a challenging course of study to undergraduates who seek to distinguish themselves by meeting high academic expectations. Students in the Honors Program complete eight honors courses and then undertake an independent project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Each semester, honors students additionally participate in a forum on a special topic of their choosing. Honors courses at the College are open to all students who seek to immerse themselves in a demanding intellectual experience, but students are admitted to the Honors Program through successful application or by meeting GPA and SAT requirements. Entering first-year students are automatically eligible for admission into the program if they have a high school GPA average of 3.5 or higher and an SAT score (combined Critical Reading and Math Sections) of at least 1100. For more information about the Honors Program and how to apply, please visit the College web site at

The Policy Fellows Program

The Policy Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to work side by side with high level decision makers, including elected and appointed public officials. Students attain leadership skills that support their having a positive impact on policy direction and advocacy through exposure to the process of policy development. The fellowship program incorporates a 16 hour/week legislative placement and concurrent bi-weekly seminar.


Wheelock College has been a Jumpstart site since 2005. Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Students in their first year of Jumpstart are required to participate in a service-learning class.

The Presidential International Service Learning Program

The Presidential International Service Learning Program is coordinated by the Center for International Programs and Partnerships. This cross-cultural initiative is designed to promote global understanding and literacy, and an international educational experience among faculty, learners, and alumni in the greater Wheelock College community. Under this program, Wheelock College faculty members design short-term international travel experiences for students and alumni that include a significant community engagement component. Each service learning experience is linked to a credit-bearing on-campus course that prepares the students to focus in on the subjects, cultures, and issues being studied during the travel experience. The number and location of trips varies each academic year. Information about available Presidential International Service Learning Programs is posted on the Wheelock College website.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is possible and encouraged for interested undergraduate students. Assistance in the selection of a study abroad program is available through the Center for International Programs and Partnerships.

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Wheelock College and the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions have an educational partnership to offer a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This minor will allow students to gain knowledge of a field that affects a growing number of children, adults, and families and obtain prerequisites for applying to a master's in Speech- Language Pathology. This innovative minor prepares students to work in settings such as classrooms, after-school programs, hospitals, and social service agencies. Combining this minor with a Wheelock major will add value by deepening students' knowledge about serving a unique and growing group of individuals. This 16 credit minor in CSD is designed to complement any Arts and Sciences major, including Psychology and Human Development, Education, and Humanities. To apply, students must have at least a 3.3 grade point average and sophomore status. (See the department of Psychology and Human Development, for more information.)


Wheelock College and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) have an educational partnership that fast-tracks students entering the growing field of mental-health counseling. Wheelock students may complete their undergraduate education at Wheelock within three years, and then earn a two-year masters degree from MSPP. Completion of both programs qualifies graduates to pursue licensure in Massachusetts as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) in as little as five years. Accepted students receive early admission to MSPP and must successfully complete their Wheelock requirements and maintain a 3.3 grade point average at Wheelock. Wheelock students majoring in any non-licensure undergraduate curricula can enroll in the program, which has its own set of required courses. Students may then choose to enter one of two graduate degree programs at MSPP: Counseling Psychology or Forensic &Counseling Psychology. (See the department of Psychology and Human Development, p.90 for more information.)

Masters in Educational Studies: Peace Corps Master's International Program

Wheelock College is proud to partner with the Peace Corps to offer the Masters of Educational Studies: Peace Corps International Program at Wheelock. This program gives passionate, idealistic people who are interested in Peace Corps service an opportunity to get a master's degree from one of the country's premier teacher preparation institutions while also fulfilling their commitment to international service. Selected students can earn a Master of Science in Educational Studies (MI) from Wheelock while integrating Peace Corps service into their studies. Graduates of the MI Program will be well-equipped for a range of positions focusing on work with and for families and children in a variety of settings, including schools, afterschool programs, international agencies, community agencies, publishing companies, advocacy agencies, museums, government offices, and international nongovernmental organizations. The program welcomes students who are interested in learning more about education, have an education background and/or teaching license, or wish to enter the education field. This is not a full teacher preparation program that leads to a state license.


ONCAMPUS Boston offers college preparation courses for international students aiming to earn an American college degree. This program began enrolling its first students for September 2012. It is a partnership between Wheelock College and Cambridge Education Group (CEG), the United Kingdom's leading university pathway provider. In the first year of the ONCAMPUS Boston program, students are enrolled at Wheelock, offering them a college experience within a safe and secure environment where they can settle into college life. Upon completion of the University Transfer Program, students have the opportunity to progress into the second year of degree courses at Wheelock or any of the other ONCAMPUS Boston partner institutions. 

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