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Wheelock College

Wheelock College was founded in 1888 by Lucy Wheelock as Miss Wheelock's Kindergarten Training School to improve the quality of early childhood education.

Location

Address
200 Riverway
City
Boston
State
MA

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
879
Total Graduate enrollment
458
In State Tuition Fees
30755
Out State Tuition Fees
30755
ACT Score
25
SAT Score
1090
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.0
Male Female Ratio
12:88
Acceptance Rate
87%
Student Faculty Ratio
8:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Wildcats
Colors
Yellow And White
Conference
Independent

College History

History

1888: Lucy Wheelock began a kindergarten teacher training class at the former Chauncy-Hall School. 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. 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. 1896: The Wheelock School becomes an independent school and moves to 284 Dartmouth Street; a dormitory system begins with three students. 1914: Moved to current location on the Riverway in Boston, Massachusetts 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. 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. 1939: Lucy Wheelock retires after 50 years as director. Wheelock School incorporated as nonprofit Wheelock College. Authorized to grant Bachelor of Science degree. 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. 1946: Lucy Wheelock passes away on October 1. 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. 1955: Dr. Winifred Bain retires and is succeeded by Dr. Frances McClellan Mayfarth. 1962: President Mayfarth retires, and Dr. James E. Conner is appointed as President of Wheelock College. 1964: 75th Anniversary 75th anniversary of the founding of Wheelock College. Wheelock is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 1966: Dr. Margaret H. Merry is appointed President. 1967: The college adopts a trimester schedule and men are admitted to the undergraduate program. 1973: Dr. Gordon L. Marshall is appointed President. 1975 Division of Continuing Education is created with Dr. Edgar Klugman as Director. 1981: Wheelock Family Theatre created; their first production was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 1983: Gordon Marshall retires and, Dr. Daniel S. Cheever, Jr. becomes the President of the College. 1984: First Bachelor of Social Work degree awarded. 1989: Wheelock celebrates its 100th Anniversary. 1991: Daniel Cheever leaves, and Gerald N. Tirozzi becomes President. 2005: Jackie Jenkins-Scott formally inaugurated as the 13th president of Wheelock College. 2012: Wheelock launches its first online courses focused on improving science and mathematics education for elementary students.

College Specialty

Specialty

As a private college with a public mission, Wheelock strives to be the premier college educating people to create a safe, caring, and just world for children and families.

Alumni

Alumni

Margaret Hamilton, actress most famous for her role as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women's studies, most noted for speaking on the subject of sexist images in the media. 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. Judith Black, storyteller, studied education at Wheelock.

Campus

Campus

Urban 1.5 acres (0.61�ha)

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