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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

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)

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In the News

Kaylea Nocher '21

Interdisciplinary Studies and Early Education major Kaylea Nocher '21 has created a Facebook group for school children called Berkshire Buddies. “More than 260 kids joining within 12 days is really awesome and I’m so glad,” she said.

Kaylea Nocher ’21 Helps Kids Remain Social with Berkshire Buddies


Success Story

Annie Pecor

An experienced teacher, the current head of the Berkshire County Elementary Principals Network, and a graduate of MCLA’s Master of Education program as well as MCLA Leadership Academy, Craneville Elementary School Principal Annie Pecor knows well that working in education can be challenging.

Creating a Culture of Joy and Learning: Principal Annie Pecor


MCLA’s New Education Professors on Teaching Future Teachers

MCLA's two newest education professors, Dr. Clio Stearns (left) and Dr. Maggie Clark (right), began teaching here in August 2019. They both report seeing a lot of passion from their students, and have been impressed with their input and reflections on how education works in the U.S.


All-inclusive schools – Breaking down institutional barriers

Paula Lima Jones 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


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