High Quality Teacher Education Since 1894

Educating outstanding teachers has been a core of our mission since our founding, as the North Adams Normal School, in 1894. Our graduate program in education will prepare you for leadership as a master teacher, specialist, administrator, policy maker, or other education professional. 

We offer a dynamic blend of classroom excellence and practical, hands-on fieldwork. Our program is known for its dedicated faculty, diverse academic programming, high return on investment and strength in meeting the tangible needs of educators and institutions. Learn more about the advantages of MCLA's graduate program in education.


Master of Education

Concentrations are available in PreK - 12 teaching areas, special education, and Reading Specialist. The program offers considerable flexibility, allowing you to pursue specific educational objectives and career opportunities. Learn more.


Teacher Licensure Programs

MCLA's state-approved licensure programs are offered for teachers wishing to (1) teach at the early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary levels, or (2) teach biology, chemistry, English, general science, history, mathematics, physics, political science/political philosophy at the middle school or secondary level, Reading Specialist, and Moderate Disabilities. Learn more.


Leadership Academy

The MCLA Leadership Academy is a cohort model that blends academic content with practical skill and knowledge development. Created to support the advancement of working professionals, the Academy is a low residency model (summer and weekend), with independent and online work assigned between sessions.  Students will earn 31 credits through pre-practicum experiences, seven courses, an administrative project, an administrative practicum, and a culminating Leadership Academy Conference. Students who complete are eligible for an administrative license. To learn more link here.


Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership

This program (CAGS in Massachusetts, CAS in New York State) benefits teachers, administrators, and other education professionals who wish to develop and expand their skills beyond the master's level in their field. The program offers three concentrations under Educational Leadership CAGS: Administration, Special Education, and Reading. A minimum of 33 approved graduate credit hours are required for CAGS completion.

A summer 2016 cohort is available for Leadership Academy graduates.  To learn more link here.


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Nancy Pearlman, Coordinator of Educator Licensure & Placement


Education Department Office