The Center for Equity in Urban Education (CEUE) seeks to increase the number and diversity of qualified teachers in Chicopee, Holyoke, and Springfield. The CEUE will help bridge the 800-teacher annual gap across K-12 schools in the area, especially in specific roles such as special education, English language learners, and science, technology, engineering, and math. The center will allow paraprofessionals already working in urban schools in these cities to get their bachelor’s degree so they can pursue a teaching license. It also gives teachers or anyone else with a bachelor’s degree the ability to pursue their master of arts in teaching degree.

Complete your Bachelor’s Degree

  • Earn your initial license in as little as three years
  • Classes held weeknights
  • Annual cost to student is $1,000
  • Clinical practice integrated into the program at your school
  • Strong ongoing support to pass MTELs
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Application Requirements

  • Applicant must currently work at a school located in Springfield, Holyoke, or Chicopee.
  • Fill out the Elms Application or Elms paper application.
  • Fill out the CEUE Supplemental Application Form.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Submit proof of high school completion (official transcript or a copy/photo of your diploma or GED).
  • Submit your essay on ‘What is your commitment to urban education and educating a diverse student body?’
  • Submit your completed, signed CEUE Applicant Support Form.
  • Submit any licenses and certifications that you currently hold.

Contact: Office of Admission at or 413-592-3189.


Complete your Master’s Degree

  • Earn your degree in as little as two years
  • Earn your initial license
  • Classes held weeknights
  • Annual cost to student is $2,500
  • Clinical practice integrated into the program at your school
  • Strong ongoing support to pass MTELs
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Application Requirements

Contact: Office of Graduate and Continuing Education Admission at or 413-265-2456.