Information on the 4+1 Program

Simmons has a long and proud history of making many contributions to the education field. This has included directly training teachers and educators as well as contributions through our programs and research in social work, public health, nutrition and health sciences, library and information sciences, the arts, science and humanities, among others. As all healthy institutions do, we regularly evaluate our programs and available resources.

As of fall 2020, we will no longer offer the 4+1 in education program leading to teaching licensure at the master's level. However, we will maintain our education minor, allowing students to gain a background in education that will help refine their specific interests before heading to graduate school. We also will provide teacher course/career advising at the undergraduate level (not unlike a pre-med program), by offering graduate degrees through off-site partners such as the New England Center for Children, and offering graduate education instruction as part of our Social Work and Library Science teacher programs.

Simmons is exploring other programs to continue our history of contributions to the field of education. We remain deeply engaged in school-related activities, and our focus continues to be on preparing our students to do meaningful work in the education field.