The BU Advantage: Special Opportunities for BU Students

The BU Advantage allows you to explore academic offerings at the School of Education, while taking advantage of all BU has to offer.

Boston University Dual Degree Program

The Dual Degree Program allows qualified undergraduates to enroll in two of the University’s schools or colleges and earn two bachelor’s degrees simultaneously.

The program is a demanding one and requires a substantial commitment. Eligibility to enroll in the Dual Degree Program, requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and the completion of SED ED 100/100 with a B- or higher.  Students must maintain this level of performance for the duration of the program. At least 144 credits must be earned in no fewer than 36 courses. Some Dual Degree Program students enroll in summer courses, use AP credit, and/or overload to ensure that they graduate with their class.

Students must design a curriculum in consultation with their Faculty Advisors and/or Counselors in the relevant colleges to ensure that all requirements for both degrees are addressed; unless and until all requirements are fulfilled for both degrees, neither degree will be granted. Interested students may apply for admission to Dual Degree Program no earlier than first semester sophomore year and no later than the end of first semester  junior year.

To explore Dual Degree Program possibilities in the School of Education, please contact Student Services at 617-353-3177 to schedule an appointment.

Two Credit Classes

Interested in the field of education? Thought about working with schools or communities, teaching abroad or coaching? The School of Education offers an array of 2-credit courses where you can explore the different fields of education.

Course topics include:

  • Positive psychology
  • Social context of education
  • Current issues in education
  • Foundations of health education

To view the Fall 2 Credit Course list click here.

Intra-University Transfer (IUT)

The School of Education welcomes students from other BU schools and colleges. Intra-University transfer from any of BU’s four-year schools into SED requires the following:

  • At least one full-time semester with 12 or more credits in a degree program at your current school
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Completion of SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education with a B- or higher.

For more information please contact Student Services at 617-353-3177 to schedule an appointment.

For Students in the College of General Studies

The CGS program is a great way to start your education at Boston University. Both CGS and SED’s Student Services offices are eager to help CGS students plan for a smooth transition.

CGS students wanting to continue on in SED must meet the same requirements as a University IUT.

CGS students interested in pursuing a degree in education should schedule a meeting in the Student Services office to learn more by calling 617-353-3177.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The School of Education offers students in most programs the opportunity to complete their student teaching practicum in London, England; Sydney, Australia; or Quito, Ecuador. Boston University also runs numerous liberal arts programs, language programs, and internship programs abroad around the world that School of Education students may participate in during the regular academic year or in the summer. For more information visit: www.bu.edu/abroad/focus/education/.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is a University-wide academic program that promotes undergraduates’ participation in faculty-mentored research projects.

Students who participate in UROP have a chance to learn experientially through conducting actual research, and to become acquainted with the entire research process while working closely with faculty. Click here to learn more: http://www.bu.edu/urop/.

Licensure Only Programs

BU students currently enrolled in the following majors may apply for a “licensure only” sequence to prepare for a career in education as a secondary teacher:

Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics
English
French
German
Italian
Russian
Spanish
Latin & Classical Humanities
History
Mathematics
Political Science/Political Philosophy

By combining a specified program of professional courses, including a full semester practicum, with your degree in a content area appropriate to a Massachusetts license, you can simultaneously complete a B.A. and be institutionally recommended for a Massachusetts Initial License. Call the SED Office of Licensure for more information, 617-353-3239 or email jrichard@bu.edu.

Teach For America at SED

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in underserved urban and rural public schools. TFA’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort. Through the SED TFA program students have two options for meeting licensure requirements and/or earning a Master’s degree: the Licensure-Only Track or the Master’s Degree Track. To learn more about SED TFA visit their website.

Science Education Teaching Experience

Come Teach with Us and Shape the Future! Register for a special section of CT 375 created for science majors.

Share your passion for science and affect the future. Help teach the science you are learning in your classes to students in the Boston Public Schools.

SED CT 375: Pre-Practicum for Secondary Schools (2 cr)
Thirty hours of classroom experience during the semester scheduled between 8 AM and 2 PM to fit the student’s schedule and schedule of cooperating school. Weekly course meetings of 1.5 hours. Students are responsible for their own transportation to travel to schools. Registration is limited. A 2.7 overall GPA is necessary with a 3.0 GPA in the science courses of your major field.

For more information, please contact Professor Garik at Garik@bu.edu or 671-353-4735

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.