ACADEMICS

  • Education Applied Learning

    To become a licensed Massachusetts public school teacher, you must complete one semester of student teaching. From observing active classrooms to assuming responsibility for your own class, the student-teaching experience enables you to put theory into practice and provides essential hands-on training that ensures you’ll be ready to hit the ground running on your first day as a professional teacher.

    With more than 140 years of history in the city of Worcester, the Barbara (Hickey) O’Brien ’57 Education Department benefits from a very close relationship with the Worcester Public Schools. For generations, we have placed student teachers in schools throughout Worcester County to hone classroom skills and gain valuable experience in the local community. Today, more than 40% of teachers in the Worcester Public Schools are Worcester State graduates.

    We also recognize these remarkable student-faculty collaborations at our annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. Recent projects include:

    • AVID: Creating the School to College Pipeline
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Need for Inclusion Classrooms
    • Code Blue