New Options for Education Graduate Students
Elms College's education graduate program will offer 12 new licensure options for Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) students beginning in September 2012. M.A.T. licensure options are available for biology (5-8) (8-12), chemistry (5-8) (8-12), early childhood (PreK-2), earth science (5-8) (8-12), elementary education (1-6), English (5-8) (8-12), English as a second language, (PreK-6) (5-12), general science (5-8), history (5-8) (8-12), humanities (5-8), math (5-8) (8-12), math/science (5-8), moderate special needs (PreK-8) (5-12), physics (5-8) (8-12), reading specialist (all levels), and Spanish (5-12). The numbers in parenthesis denote the grade levels for which the licensure applies; if more than one grade level is listed, graduate students choose their preferred level.
The M.A.T. is designed for students with a bachelor's degree, usually recent graduates or adults who want to change careers and become teachers. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a master's degree and an Initial Massachusetts state license as an educator. The licensure is reciprocal with those of more than 40 states, islands, and territories.
Elms College also offers a Master of Education, a non-licensure program that is designed to promote the professional development of experienced teachers and school leaders. For teachers who already hold a master's degree, a certificate of advanced graduate studies (C.A.G.S.) is a 30-credit enrichment program with wide flexibility in program planning. Both the M.Ed. and C.A.G.S. programs can be utilized to professionalize an initial teaching license.
Both the M.A.T. and M.Ed. are offered at $364 per credit hour, with additional discounts available for Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke public school educators, and all teachers employed by the Diocese of Springfield. For more information, contact Jane McCarry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-265-2490.