Wheaton education majors engage in a variety of pursuits after graduation. Licensure majors receive an initial Massachusetts license, which can be easily converted into licensure in most other states (consult the websites of other state education departments for details). Recent graduates are teaching in public schools, charter schools, and independent schools in New England as well as across the country and around the globe. Other graduates have become principals and educational specialists. Alumni have continued their studies of education and related subjects in masters and doctoral programs at graduate schools such as Vanderbilt, Harvard, Brown, BU, BC, and RIC. Our students have won Fulbright fellowships to teach English in countries such as South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Slovak Republic. Wheaton’s career services staff and education faculty are available to assist students during their job searches. Under certain circumstances, graduates who go on to teach may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness.
Students who do not complete a licensure major can still go on to teach at independent schools and some public charter schools. Graduates can also pursue licensure through alternative programs such as the Boston Teacher Residency or New York City Teaching Fellows. For information about alternative routes or teaching in independent schools, visit the “education and teaching” career services site. Unlicensed graduates may also be able to find teaching positions in hard-to-staff public schools or within hard-to-staff fields such as ELL, Special Education, and STEM. But the most reliable way to prepare for a teaching job is to earn a license.