Students selecting this major also major in Education and seek licensure as an early childhood teacher for students with and without disabilities (PreK-2). Springfield College remains in the forefront of psychology education by providing the community with broadly trained, practically experienced professionals who are prepared to enter the workplace. As undergraduates, psychology students explore topics such as child psychology, motivation and learning, abnormal psychology, educational psychology, and interviewing and counseling. The goals of Springfield College’s undergraduate psychology program are to introduce students to the primary areas of importance in psychology and to prepare them for ever-growing career opportunities.
Career opportunities for psychology majors can be as varied as health and wellness programs, stress management programs, employee relations, therapeutic childcare assistance, or mental health services in hospitals, residential treatment centers, nursing homes, and mental health agencies.
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Psychology
(a minimum of 120 credit hours) Requirements subject to change.
For additional information about the undergraduate psychology major, contact Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, chairperson of the psychology department, at (413) 748-3201, or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257. For more information about the early childhood special education teacher licensure program, contact Dr. Linda Delano, director of teacher preparation programs, at (413) 748-3155.
General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)
The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.
For specific requirements, see the General Education Program (40 - 46 credits) section.
II. Major Requirements (Psychology)
Scientific Basis of Behavior (3 credits)
Developmental Processes (3 credits)
Social and Cultural Contexts and Individual Differences (6 credits)
Applied Psychology (6 credits)
Additional Required Course
PSYC XXX - Psychology Elective Credits: 3
III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)
Completion of the following requirements ensures successful completion of the Education major with a specialization in Early Childhood Teacher Licensure.
A. Related Arts & Sciences
Recommended, but not required:
B. Early Childhood Teacher Licensure
Admission to Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs
Once admitted to Springfield College, the student must meet the following requirements in order to become an official candidate for licensure and get formally admitted to a specific teacher preparation program. This typically occurs prior to the student’s junior year or the equivalent for transfer students.
- Follow the appropriate course of study based on the field the student is interested in teaching. This includes majoring in an acceptable major for that licensure area and taking the required teacher preparation courses. This enables the student to fulfill the prerequisites needed to gain admission to a teacher preparation program. Examples of acceptable majors and licensure areas are psychology for early childhood; American studies, English, or mathematics and computer technology for elementary and/or special education; biology, English, history or mathematics for secondary; movement and sports studies for physical education or dual health & physical education; art or art therapy for art education; and health promotion for health education.
- Complete, or be in the process of completing, all prerequisites identified for the specific program.
- Earn a minimum 2.750 (3.250 MOST-PHE) cumulative grade point average for all designated licensure courses. This includes all subject matter knowledge coursework as well as teacher preparation professional coursework. See educator preparation homepage on our website for specific lists of ‘Prerequisites and Program Requirements’ for each licensure program. [Note: In all programs except physical education and health, the grade point average for the student’s major is calculated separately from the grade point average for professional preparation courses.]
- Earn a minimum 2.500 (3.250 MOST-PHE) cumulative grade point average and minimum grades specified for designated courses
- Demonstrate the personal characteristics/professional behaviors needed to become a quality teacher (i.e., responsible, dependable, hard working, professional, committed to the teaching profession, etc.).
- Be recommended for admission into a teacher licensure program by the appropriate major department and the Education Department. For students in health and physical education, the only recommendation required is from the Physical Education and Health Education Department.
- Receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Tests (reading and writing) of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
Note: Students who have been admitted to a teacher preparation program must maintain all the admissions requirements listed above through the semester preceding the practicum (student teaching) in order to be eligible to begin the practicum experience and must maintain cumulative GPA’s in order to successfully complete the program.
Once all admissions requirements have been met, the student must fill out the application for admission. Applications are available from advisors, departments, or the Educator Preparation Office.
The Director of Educator Preparation & Licensure will review the completed application and notify the candidate of the admission decision. If a student wishes to appeal this decision, a written appeal must be submitted to the Educator Preparation Council.