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"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

Education at MCLA

EducationEducating 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. 

Requirements (pg. 47)

Practica & Careers

Announcements & Training

Student Learning Outcomes of Academic Programs


Handbook for Teacher Preparation

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

MTEL Information

To register for MTEL tests, go to: 

To register for MTEL Prep courses, fill out:

  • MCLA Fall 2014 MTEL Prep Classes:  TBA 

 Free Study Software for MTEL Math Tests

Dana Rapp, Chair

Nancy Pearlman, Coordinator of Educator Licensure and Placement