"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.
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.
MCLA students taught a class to these “middle-schoolers” with the Mursion virtual teaching simulator. Graphic courtesy of Mursion.
They’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. (read more)