Our teacher licensure programs are as effective as they are practical; students who complete our teacher licensure courses have a 98% pass rate on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure.
Initial Licensure programs are available in the following fields:
Early Childhood Teacher: Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 2
Elementary Teacher: Grades 1 - 6
Middle School Humanities: Grades 5 - 8
Middle School Mathematics/Science: Grades 5 - 8
Teacher of Biology: Grades 5 - 8 or 8 - 12
Teacher of Chemistry: Grades 5 - 8 or 8 - 12
Teacher of English: Grades 5 - 8 or 8 - 12
Teacher of General Science: Grades 5 - 8
Teacher of History: Grades 5 - 8 or 8 - 12
Teacher of Mathematics: Grades 5 - 8 or 8 -12
Teacher of Physics: Grades 5 - 8 or 8 -12
Teacher of Student with Moderate Disabilities: Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 8 or Grades 5 - 12
Reading Specialist: All Levels (second or additional license only)
All licensure candidates will complete a minimum of 96 hours of work in a classroom appropriate to the license prior to student teaching.
Nick Stroud, Chair 413.662.5505
Nancy Pearlman, Coordinator of Educator Licensure & Placement 413.662.5522 Education Department Office
Sport Coaching Minor
Our program provides education appropriate for coaches at the middle school, high school, college, and serious club-sport levels. This minor will exceed qualifications for the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Bronze Level Certification. The program and course content meets certification requirements for Massachusetts and New York and have been developed in support of the National Standards for Athletic Coaches. For the Sport Coaching Minor students will select two three-credit courses from the prescribed list in addition to the 13 credits required for the Sport Coaching Certificate for a total of 19 credits.
EDUC 375 Coaching Principles (3) PHED 375 Scientific Foundations of Coaching (3)
PHED 108 Community First Aid and Safety (1)
PHED 215 Lifetime Wellness (3)
EDUC 376 Practicum in Sport Coaching (3)
Select two of the following:
BIOL 316 Functional Human Anatomy (3)*
BIOL 440 Physiological Aspects of Exercise (3)*
PHED 395 Special Topics (with subtitle appropriate to sport coaching) (3)
PSYC 376 Sport Psychology (3)*
SOCI 316 Sociology of Sport (3)*
*These courses carry prerequisites that are not included in the listed requirements for the minor
Bachelor's/Master of Education (4+1) Program
The Bachelor's/Master of Education (4+1) program is designed as an accelerated pathway for those students who seek to earn both a teaching license and a Master of Education (MEd). This intensive five-year sequence leads to a Massachusetts Initial teaching license in early childhood, elementary, middle school, or secondary education.
It is expected that students will earn both a bachelor’s degree and an Initial teaching license after four years. Students in this program will dual major in both a liberal arts/sciences content area and education, completing MCLA core curriculum requirements, content courses, education courses, and field experiences as undergraduates.
In the fifth year, including summers, students will complete the 33 graduate credits necessary to earn a Master of Education (MEd) and either meet content requirements for Professional licensure or add a second Initial license in Moderate Disabilities.
In addition to an accelerated pathway to licensure and a Master of Education, students will participate in field experiences that may include:
Service learning such as STICS and Teach to Learn – which partner MCLA students with local school districts in supporting academic and enrichment programs.
Mentoring of local youth through the Compact for Education.
Field Placement I and II – students gain opportunities to observe and assist local public school teachers.
Student Teaching - a full semester spent working alongside a skilled teacher in a public school classroom.
Students accepted and enrolled in the 4+1 will be assigned an advisor who will provide group and 1:1 advising pertaining to a college plan of study, field experiences, and career services including resume building, interview skills, and employment opportunities in the field of education.
For more information contact: MCLA Office of Admission at (413) 662.5410 or
In order to qualify for the Bachelor's/Master of Education (4+1) program students must:
Meet all undergraduate admission requirements
Be a full-time undergraduate student for four years (eight semesters) at MCLA
Apply for formal acceptance into the Bachelors/Master of Education (4+1) program in the first semester of the junioryear, including:
Writing sample: Please provide a 500 word example of your best writing in your first 3 years of college. It can be from any course or subject area.
Two letters of reference from MCLA professors
A minimum 3.0 GPA
An interview 4+1 Application
Pass all relevant Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) before applying for student teaching
Complete all graduate courses with a B or higher
Transfer students are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelors/Master of Education (4+1) Program.
Students who are accepted and remain in good standing in the 4+1 program will receive a $500 discount per semester ($2000 total) in their fifth year. Financial aid information is available on the MCLA website at www.mcla.edu/aid. Students enrolled in a graduate program taking at least 5 credit hours are eligible for a Federal Direct Student Loan. Students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
In most states, candidates with a Massachusetts teaching license need only pass the appropriate state teacher tests in order to be eligible for a teaching license.
Please note that MCLA reserves the right to unilaterally add, withdraw, or revise any course offering in the above mentioned program of study including policies, provisions, requirements, and fees. View the 4+1 program flyer.
Education students are placed in classrooms for student teaching all over Berkshire County. Some students recently completed up to six weeks of their student teaching in countries such as Ireland, China, and Holland.
Nearly every school in Berkshire County employs one or more MCLA Education graduates. Many graduates also obtain jobs elsewhere in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York, as well as other states across the nation. A Massachusetts license to teach is accepted in most states; to obtain a license in those states, you only need to pass the pertinent state teacher tests.
, Chair, Associate Professor Dr. Nick Stroud
Ph.D., Science Education, Columbia University Teachers College, 2008
M.A., Astrophysics, Stony Brook University, 2004
B.A., Astrophysics, UW Madison, 2002
Dana Rapp, Professor
Ellen Barber, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Ann C. Scott, Professor
Ed.D., U. Mass Amherst, 2000
M.Ed., U. Mass Amherst, 1995
B.A., Smith College, 1991
Dr. Dale Borman Fink, Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
M.Ed., Antioch University, 1979
A.B., Harvard College/Harvard University, 1972
Marianne Young, Instructor
Doctoral Studies, Educational Leadership/Systems, Union Institute & University, Brattleboro, Vermont
M.A., Education Administration, Vermont College of Norwich University
B.A., Secondary Education, University of Rhode Island
Continuing Education Studies, Providence College, University of Vermont
Margaret Clark, Assistant Professor
Cilo Stearns, Assistant Professor
Mary Lou Accetta, Adjunct Professor
Holly Goodrich, Adjunct Professor
Phyllis Hakeem, Adjunct Professor
C.A.G.S., MCLA, 2008
M.A., St. Joseph's Seminary Institute of Religious Studies, 2000
B.S., Chestnut Hill College, 1991
Susan Edgerton, Adjunct Professor
Joshua Kellogg, Adjunct Professor
Dot Houston, Adjunct Professor
Justin Kratz, Adjunct Professor
Brendan Sheran, Adjunct Professor
C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration, MCLA, 2011
M.A., Education, MCLA, 2009
B.A., History, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2006
Steve Smachetti, Adjunct Professor
M.Ed. North Adams State College, 1973
B.S. Education, North Adams State College, 1969
Michelle Colvin, Field Experience Director
Nancy Pearlman, Coordinator of Educator Licensure & Placement
Michele Delisle, Administrative Assistant