|Motto||"To Improve the lives of children and families."|
|Established||Founded 1888, Chartered 1939|
|Academic staff||99 full-time equivalent|
|Location||Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Campus||Urban 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)|
|Colors||Yellow and White|
|Affiliations||Colleges of the Fenway|
Wheelock College was founded in 1888 by Lucy Wheelock as Miss Wheelock's Kindergarten Training School to improve the quality of early childhood education.1 The College offers undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on the Arts & Sciences, Education and Child Life, and Social Work and Family Studies to fulfill their mission of improving the lives of children and families. Wheelock is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway. Wheelock is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) and led by President Jackie Jenkins-Scott. The College is accredited by:
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
The Wheelock Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division III in the New England Collegiate Conference.2 The College offers five varsity men’s teams and six varsity women’s teams,3 as well as intramural teams through the Colleges of the Fenway. In addition to athletics, Wheelock College offers many clubs and organizations that allow students to get involved on campus and in the community.4
- 1888: Lucy Wheelock began a kindergarten teacher training class at the former Chauncy-Hall School.5
- 1892: Wheelock Alumnae Association- Lucy Wheelock travels nationally and internationally, lecturing widely on the subject of kindergarten and early childhood education. She is elected to the Kindergarten Committee of the National Education Association, which established the International Kindergarten Union (IKU). The Wheelock Alumnae Association is formed, with Ella Smith Wheelock '92 (Lucy Wheelock's sister-in-law) as President.5
- 1895: The one year program extends to two years. From the beginning, observation of children and practice teaching are central to the Wheelock School program. Service to the communities of immigrant children and families in the many settlement houses of Boston becomes another core part of the program and every student participates. Lucy becomes the IKU’s second President.5
- 1896: The Wheelock School becomes an independent school and moves to 284 Dartmouth Street; a dormitory system begins with three students.5
- 1914: Moved to current location on the Riverway in Boston, Massachusetts 5
- 1926: A Three-Year Program-The two-year curriculum is extended to three years to include the preparation of teachers for nursery, kindergarten and primary grades.5
- 1930: Name changes from Miss Wheelock's Kindergarten Training School to The Wheelock School: A Training School for Teachers of Nursery School, Kindergarten and the Primary Grades. Over 300 students are enrolled.5
- 1939: Lucy Wheelock retires after 50 years as director. Wheelock School incorporated as nonprofit Wheelock College. Authorized to grant Bachelor of Science degree.6
- 1940: The Lucy Wheelock Child Center opens in Roxbury. Dr. Winifred E. Bain is appointed the Principal of Wheelock College by the Board of Trustees.5
- 1946: Lucy Wheelock passes away on October 1.5
- 1952: Graduate Programs - Wheelock College secures approval from the Board of Collegiate Authority of Massachusetts Department of Education to extend its programs to include graduate work leading to advanced degrees, and to admit male graduate students. The first graduate students are admitted in 1953.5
- 1955: Dr. Winifred Bain retires and is succeeded by Dr. Frances McClellan Mayfarth.5
- 1962: President Mayfarth retires, and Dr. James E. Conner is appointed as President of Wheelock College.5
- 1964: 75th Anniversary 75th anniversary of the founding of Wheelock College. Wheelock is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.5
- 1966: Dr. Margaret H. Merry is appointed President.5
- 1967: The college adopts a trimester schedule and men are admitted to the undergraduate program.5
- 1973: Dr. Gordon L. Marshall is appointed President.5
- 1975 Division of Continuing Education is created with Dr. Edgar Klugman as Director.5
- 1981: Wheelock Family Theatre created; their first production was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.5
- 1983: Gordon Marshall retires and, Dr. Daniel S. Cheever, Jr. becomes the President of the College.5
- 1984: First Bachelor of Social Work degree awarded.5
- 1989: Wheelock celebrates its 100th Anniversary.5
- 1991: Daniel Cheever leaves, and Gerald N. Tirozzi becomes President.5
- 2005: Jackie Jenkins-Scott formally inaugurated as the 13th president of Wheelock College.5
- 2012: Wheelock launches its first online courses focused on improving science and mathematics education for elementary students.5
- Child Life
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Juvenile Justice & Youth Advocacy
- Social Work
- Special Education
Arts & Sciences Majors
- American Studies
- The Arts
- Communications & Media Literacy
- Political Science and Global Studies
- Psychology & Human Development
- Mathematics & Science
- Child Life and Family Centered Care
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational Studies
- Integrated Elementary and Special Education
- Language & Literacy Studies
- Organizational Leadership
- Social Work
- Social Work/Organizational Leadership Dual Degree
- Teacher of Reading
Wheelock offers two master's degree programs online:
- Educational Studies: Achieving Excellence in Teaching Math and Science
- Organizational Leadership
Wheelock offers bachelor’s and master’s programs abroad. Current and past sites include Singapore, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.
- International Visiting Scholars
Wheelock hosts accomplished individuals from around the world. Through classes and seminars, scholars share their expertise with Wheelock students, faculty, and the broader community.
- International Service Learning Trips
Students participate in trips abroad that combine service with learning. Recent trips include teaching English to elementary students in West Africa and working with an anti-sectarian program in Northern Ireland.
- 68% of undergraduates live on campus2
- 28 registered clubs and organizations including a Student Government Association2
- The Campus Center building is LEED-certified and contains a new student center, dining hall, and residence hall with suite-style accommodations for 108 students. It reportedly has "magnificent views of Boston." 8
- Student Policy Fellows Program helps students to develop their leadership, advocacy, and policy skills through a seminar and a field placement with a state legislator.
- Wheelock students provide an estimated 193,000 hours of service annually to the community through field experiences in more than 280 organizations.9
- The Wheelock Mattahunt Community Partnership is a vibrant and unique partnership between the City of Boston, the Mattapan community, and Wheelock College that is committed to bringing forth a quality, sustainable community center filled with programs and services designed to respond to the needs and assets of the people in Mattapan. Wheelock College was awarded the 2012 John Blackburn Award from The American Association of University Administrators for its work at the Mattahunt Community Center.10
- 100% of all graduate social work students complete at least 1,200 hours in community settings during their academic program.11
- 100% of the 26 clubs on campus participate in or initiate community service programs.11
- In 2011, The Center of Excellence for Military Children and Families was established by Wheelock College in collaboration with the Massachusetts National Guard and the Military Child Education Coalition to draw attention to the many services available to aid military children and families, maximizing the visibility of military support systems and offering the resources of the Wheelock community to military families.12
- Founded in 2007, the Aspire Institute mobilizes the expertise of Wheelock faculty and community partners to advance knowledge; promote effective policy, practice, and research; and develop innovative solutions to social and educational challenges.
- Through its major productions, school and community partnerships, and educational programs, the professional Wheelock Family Theatre makes theatre accessible and affordable to more than 35,000-40,000 people annually.
Women's Athletic Teams:
Men's Athletic Teams:
In addition to the varsity teams, there are intramural competitions between the Colleges of the Fenway.
- Margaret Hamilton, actress most famous for her role as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz1314
- Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women's studies, most noted for speaking on the subject of sexist images in the media.15
- Philip R. Craig, author of the J.W. Jackson series, was a professor at Wheelock College from 1965 until retired to become a full-time writer in 1999.16
- Judith Black, storyteller, studied education at Wheelock.17
- Wheelock Associate Professor Tina Durand and one of her undergraduate students, Nicole Perez, coauthored an article titled “Continuity and variability in the parental involvement and advocacy beliefs of Latino families of young children: Finding the potential for a collective voice” which was featured in The School Community Journal, 23(1). The article featured a qualitative study conducted which explored Latino parents’ beliefs about children’s education, their involvement and advocacy beliefs and practices, and their perceptions of feeling welcome at their children’s school.18
- Eric Silverman, Associate Professor of American Studies and Chair, Psychology and Human Development programs at Wheelock College, wrote "A Cultural History of Jewish Dress". This book is the first comprehensive account of how Jews have been distinguished by their appearance from Ancient Israel to today. Eric Silverman is able to answer key questions including what the biblical and rabbinic fashions were and why clothing was so important to immigrant Jews in America.19
- Written by Diane Levin, “Helping Children Understand and Deal with Poverty: Lessons from Greece” examines children’s experiences of poverty, the information they obtain from the people around them, and the anxieties they may feel during trying economic times.20
- "Bone By Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons" was written by Wheelock Assistant Professor of Life Science Sara Levine. This book designed for children of all ages illustrates the similarities and differences between human and animal bone structures.21
- Wheelock College professor of Early Childhood Education Diane E. Levin, Ph.D co-authored “So Sexy So Soon” as a helpful guide for parents who are fed up, confused, and even scared by what their kids–or their kids’ friends–do and say.22
- Assistant Professor of Social Work Nicole Dubus co-authored “Enhancing student outcomes through mentoring, peer counseling, and parental involvement” as a proposal for a program of mentoring, peer counseling, and parent involvement for children in Ghana from first through ninth grade.23
- Through her book “Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Oeur Sexuality”, Wheelock Professor Gail Dines shows that porn culture has become absorbed into pop culture. While proving that porn desensitizes and actually limits our sexual freedom, she argues its omnipresence is a public health concern we can no longer ignore.24
- Diane Levin, Professor of Early Childhood Education, wrote “Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age” as a way for parents to learn how to counteract any harmful impact media can have on the process and content of children’s development and learning. It also provides help to families on how to make informed decisions about the media in children’s lives.25
- "U.S. News College Compass". U.S. News & World Report.
- "Milestones: A Timeline of Wheelock College". Wheelock College Library.
- "Mission and History | Wheelock College". Wheelock College. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- "2013-2013 Facts". Wheelock College.
- Lawrence Biemiller (June 2009). "New Building: Wheelock Student Center Has a Residence Hall Upstairs". The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- "Wheelock College | Community Service". Wheelock College.
- Kaiser, Johanna. "Wheelock honored for Mattahunt Community Center work". Boston.com.
- Landry, Lauren (2011-11-11). "Wheelock College Opens Its Center of Excellence for Military Children and Families Today". BostInno.
- Tony R. Vario. "Biography, Margaret Hamilton". IMDb. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- Erickson, Cindy. "Wizard of Oz: the Boston Connection". Wicked Local.
- Greenfield, Beth (2013-05-23). "Samsung's 'Evolutionary Husband' Angers Men—Is it Sexist?". Yahoo! Shine.
- "Philip R. Craig Biography".
- "Judith Black Biography".
- "Continuity and Variability in the Parental Involvement and Advocacy Beliefs of Latino Families of Young Children: Finding the Potential for a Collective Voice". ERIC.
- "A Cultural History of Jewish Dress (Dress, Body, Culture)". Amazon.
- "Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons". Amazon.