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BA/Master of Education (4+1) Program

The 4+1 (Bachelor's/Master of Education) Program is designed as an accelerated pathway for those students who seek to earn a teaching license and undergraduate degree(s), a second Initial license in Moderate Disabilities, and a Master of Education (MEd).

Students in this program will first complete all the requirements for one or more undergraduate degrees, as well as requirements for an Initial teaching license in one of twelve undergraduate licensure programs. In the fifth year, including summers, students will complete the 33 graduate credits necessary to earn a Master of Education (MEd) and 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 including Field Placement I and II, culminating in the Student Teaching Practicum - a full semester spent working alongside a skilled teacher in a public school classroom.


In order to qualify for the Bachelor's/Master of Education (4+1) program students must:
  • Meet all undergraduate admission requirements
  • Apply for formal acceptance into the Bachelors/Master of Education (4+1) program by January 1 of senior year

Application process includes:

  • 4+1 Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of reference from MCLA professors
  • Resume
  • MCLA Transcript with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA
  • 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


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 www.mcla.edu/aid. 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.