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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.

Masters of Education

Concentrations are available in special education, reading, physical education, health and coaching, and other areas. The program offers considerable flexibility, allowing you to pursue specific educational objectives and career opportunities. Courses are now offered both in North Adams and Pittsfield. Learn more.

Leadership Academy

Summer 2014
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

Summer 2014 dates:  July 11 - 20, 

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 2014 cohort is available for Leadership Academy graduates.  To learn more link here.


Teacher Licensure Programs

Graduates of MCLA's state-approved licensure programs have a 98% pass rate on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure.  We offer licensure  programs 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.

Nancy Pearlman                                               Coordinator of Educator Licensure & Placement

Education Department Office

Quick Links

Graduate Information Night:  TBA

Graduate Education Catalog

Apply Online (priority application review for fall admission: July 1)

Printable Application

Reference Form

MTEL Information

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To register for MTEL Prep courses, fill out:

  • MCLA Fall 2014 MTEL Prep Classes:  TBA


Free Study Software for MTEL Math Tests



Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 Graduate Registration Information

Registrar's Office




Undergraduate Education Program