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Education

"The Education Department at MCLA gives us so many tools to become effective teachers. The hands-on pre-practicum experience has really given me a sense of assurance that I can one day lead my very own classroom. The professors are all so welcoming, and I find that they especially encourage their students to strive for their best, knowing that we will someday be in their shoes." - Stephanie Karian '11, Teaching English at the National Center of Aesthetics, Gyumri, Armenia


Educating outstanding teachers has been a core of our mission since our founding as the North Adams Normal School in 1894. 

We offer you a dynamic blend of classroom excellence and practical, hands-on fieldwork. Our diverse academic programming and our balance of theory and practice equip you to be a great teacher, and to meet the needs of your students and your institution.


Why MCLA is Different

Our program offers teacher licensure in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary education. We have a network of mentor teachers who offer you the opportunity to apply educational theories in a variety of settings. And if you want to coach, our Sport Coaching minor prepares you for the middle school, high school, college, and serious club-sport levels.  We also offer graduate programs in Education. 

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.


Education Students Teach ‘Virtual’ Class

MCLA students taught a class to these “middle-schoolers” with the Mursion virtual teaching simulator. Graphic courtesy of Mursion.

TeachLiVeThey’re part of the generation that grew up with realistic-looking video and computer games, and 3D films in movie theaters. So it’s only natural that this group of aspiring educators would have their first teaching experience in a virtual “classroom” of avatars. On Wednesday, a group of MCLA education majors taught a literacy lesson in a Mursion virtual teaching simulator, which is built upon the pioneering work of the University of Central Florida’s TeachLiVe project. (MCLA students taught a class to these “middle-schoolers” with the Mursion virtual teaching simulatorread more)

Current Catalog

Handbook for Teacher Preparation

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Announcements & Training

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

MTEL Information

Education Department Canvas Site

Summer Courses


In the News

All-inclusive schools – Breaking down institutional barriers

Paula Lima Jones (photo above) is getting her colleagues to think about their work in different ways. As the first Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, the bulk of her work begins with a simple, albeit often unrecognized, fact: Every single day, students enter institutions neither designed nor intended for them. As a champion of social justice, Miss Hall’s added this position to demonstrate the school’s commitment to the ongoing work required to be an inclusive community.

children playing at recessMass Appeal: Why children always need recess
Dr. Dale Fink, education professor at the MCLA, reported the results of his recent study on the impact of recess for both students and teachers.

Student Amanda BotelhoAmanda Botelho '20 is enrolled in our 4+1 program: Freshman Aspires to Teach English Literature

"Being able to get a master's in five years is awesome. It will help me to save time and money, and jump into my career sooner."

Students writing out strategiesAlumna’s Teaching Strategies Revolutionize Math Class

 

Nick StroudScience Educator Named to Jorge Professorship in Education


Dale Fink, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts – Recess

Classroom of the Week: Reid Middle School sixth-grade ELA and history classes get real-time education

A gritty real-world curriculum in Pittsfield schools: The scourge of heroin addiction


Contacts

Nick Stroud, Chair
413.662.5505

Nancy Pearlman, Coordinator of Educator Licensure and Placement
413.662.5522


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