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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.

It is expected that students will earn both a bachelor’s degree and an Initial teaching license after four years. Students in this program will dual major in both a liberal arts/sciences content area and education, completing MCLA core curriculum requirements, content courses, education courses, and field experiences as undergraduates.

In the fifth year, including summers, students will complete the 33 graduate credits necessary to earn a Master of Education (MEd) and either meet content requirements for Professional licensure or add a second Initial license in Moderate Disabilities.

In addition to an accelerated pathway to licensure and a Master of Education, students will participate in field experiences that may include:

  • Service learning such as STICS and Teach to Learn – which partner MCLA students with local school districts in supporting academic and enrichment programs.
  • Mentoring of local youth through the Compact for Education.
  • Field Placement I and II (required)– students gain opportunities to observe and assist local public school teachers.
  • Student Teaching (required) - a full semester spent working alongside a skilled teacher in a public school classroom.

Students accepted and enrolled in the 4+1 will be assigned an advisor who will provide group and 1:1 advising pertaining to a college plan of study, field experiences, and career services including resume building, interview skills, and employment opportunities in the field of education.


For more information contact: MCLA Office of Admission at (413) 662.5410 or


In order to qualify for the Bachelor's/Master of Education (4+1) program students must:
  • Meet all undergraduate admission requirements
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student for four years (eight semesters) at MCLA
  • Apply for formal acceptance into the Bachelors/Master of Education (4+1) program by December 17, 2019 of the junior year, including:
    • Writing sample:  Please provide a 500 word example of your best writing in your first 3 years of college. It can be from any course or subject area.
    • Three letters of reference from MCLA professors
    • a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • an interview
  • 4+1 Application
  • Pass all relevant Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) before applying for student teaching
  • Successfully complete Field Placement I and II 
  • Successfully Complete Student Teaching
  • Complete all graduate courses with a B or higher


Students who are accepted and remain in good standing in the 4+1 program will receive a $500 discount per semester ($2000 total) in their fifth year. Financial aid information is available on the MCLA website at Students enrolled in a graduate program taking at least 5 credit hours are eligible for a Federal Direct Student Loan. Students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).


In most states, candidates with a Massachusetts teaching license need only pass the appropriate state teacher tests in order to be eligible for a teaching license.

Please note that MCLA reserves the right to unilaterally add, withdraw, or revise any course offering in the above mentioned program of study including policies, provisions, requirements, and fees.


Amanda Botelho '20 is enrolled in our 4+1 program

Amanda Botelho

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." ...Read More

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