Master of Education

By undertaking graduate level coursework in education, you commit to shaping our nation's future, and to making positive, long-term change in this world.

Pathways to teaching @ mcla

Our Graduate Programs in Education provide you with a clear pathway to complete your Initial Teaching Licensure and your Master of Education (MEd).

  • Apply by April 15 to begin the program in Summer 2024
  • Nearly all coursework can be completed online and in synchronous classes
  • Courses are scheduled in the afternoons, evenings or weekends to meet the needs of working educators
  • Complete your graduate level licensure coursework in 18-24 months
  • Take prep workshops to prepare you for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • Map your program during individual advising sessions with faculty advisors

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Transformative Experience

MEd classOur Master of Education Program will prepare you to transform society by motivating, challenging, and assisting children in all educational settings. Our faculty, students, and alumni shape how children learn - in our region, the Commonwealth, and throughout the United States. These professionals are engaged with a wide array of educational challenges: from closing the achievement gap to making best use of classroom technology, and from educational ethics to assisting students with special needs. Our program is designed to meet your needs and learning interests, and to help you achieve your specific career objectives. You will have considerable flexibility as you pursue your educational goals.

The Right Choice

Professor leading an MEd classThere are many reasons to choose MCLA for your Master of Education: a stellar faculty, an academic program that blends a dynamic classroom experience with practical fieldwork, and a close-knit program that fosters meaningful collaboration. 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.


Preferred application deadlines are May 1 for summer, August 1 for fall, and December 1 for spring admission.

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NORTH ADAMS — Even before COVID upended the world, Clio Stearns was already thinking about the lack of support for educators.

“Teachers need support,” said Stearns, assistant professor of education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. “That’s always been true.”

Two years of the pandemic have only exacerbated that need. In districts across the county, Stearns said, “teachers are dealing with this tremendous emotional and behavioral fallout from kids who have lost people, they have lost secure economic circumstances, they’ve been through this massive upheaval and trauma.”


When the world turned upside down in March, MCLA professor Nicholas Stroud, like educators across the country, had to rethink how he teaches. But as the chair of the school's education department, he also had to think about what he teaches.

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