School of Education, Child Life & Family Studies
Message from the Dean
Dean, School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies
Welcome to the School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies. If you love children and are considering a professional career in education or child life, then you've come to the right place. At Wheelock, we've been preparing educators for 130 years. Our mission, "to improve the lives of children and families," continues to inspire us.
Our approaches to teaching are built on a strong foundation of child development, on the value of play-based learning, and on the importance of anti-biased teaching. We see parents, families, and communities central to the work that we do. Our faculty, many of whom were former practitioners themselves, is composed of child advocates, policy experts, and researchers.
We were the first college in the U.S. to offer a degree in Child Life. Child Life specialists use therapeutic play to help children and families cope with routine medical procedures and more serious conditions, including chronic illness.
Our education degree programs are state approved and nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and our Child Life programs are competency-based and aligned with the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP).
If your personal mission is in sync with ours, I encourage you to learn more about Wheelock.
If you love children and are considering a career working with them and their families, then you've come to the right place. Majors in the School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies must be paired with one of our Arts and Sciences majors to earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Early Childhood Education with 5th Year Master's option, BA/BS
- Educational Studies, BA/BS
- Elementary Education with 5th Year Master's option, BA/BS
- Special Education with 5th Year Master's option, BA/BS
How do Wheelock's programs differ from other institutions? Our approaches are built on a strong foundation of child and human development, on the value of play-based learning, and anti-biased teaching. We see parents, families and communities central to the holistic development of children. The School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies offers the following Master of Science degrees and graduate certificates.
- Birth to Three: Infant, Toddler and Family Specialist, MS
- Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings, MS
- Child Life and Family Centered Care, MS
- Child Life Continuing Student, MS (open only to Wheelock undergraduates who meet certain criteria)
- Early Childhood Education for Initial Licensure, MS
- Educational Studies, MS
- Educational Studies: Advancing Math and Science for Elementary Grades (STEM Education), MS (online program)
- Educational Studies: International Teaching and Global Learning/China, MS
- Educational Studies: International Teaching and Global Learning/Greece, MS
- Elementary and Special Education, MS
- Language and Literacy Studies, MS
- Teacher of Reading, MS
- Advancing Math Content Knowledge (STEM Education) in Grades 1-6 (online program)
- Advancing Science Content Knowledge (STEM Education) in Grades 1-6 (online program)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (leads to official Massachusetts endorsement)
- English Language Learners
- Teaching Reading
- Special Education
- Family and Parenting Services
Departments and Faculty
Wheelock is distinguished by our faculty's devotion to hands-on learning with real-world impact. We want you to be able to take your learning and apply it right away to make the world a better place. Our faculty are experienced educators, Child Life pioneers, respected researchers, and much more.
See what some of our talented Education, Child Life and Family Studies faculty have been up to recently:
- Diane Levin, Professor of Early Childhood Education, was invited to author two chapters in D. Couchenour & J. Chrisman's (editors) Encyclopedia of Contemporary Childhood Education.
- Claire White, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Child Life Program, will represent Wheelock College at the 2017 Association for Child Life Professionals in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Cheryl Render Brown, Associate Professor of Education, moderated a panel discussion on "Early Childhood Education and Interventions and the Achievement Gap" at the 2017 Harvard Medical Leadership and Faculty Development Program.
- Ellie Friedland, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, is an artist in residence at the Harwich Junior Theater, where she runs an annual Professional Development Summer Program.
- Lowry Hemphill, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy, tackles literacy issues in Boston through research work with the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP), a national collaboration between urban school districts and educational researchers.
- Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, Professor of Special and Elementary Education, received the Boston Association for the Education of Young Children's 2017 Abigail Eliot Award for outstanding service to young children.
Education, Child Life and Family Studies Departments
Learn more about the departments within the School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies, including faculty bios and contact information.