Graduate Programs in Education

AIC's cohort-based Extended Campus Programs are designed to provide an opportunity for working professionals to obtain a Master's Degree or CAGS with Initial or Professional Licensure.

Programs are offered both on the Springfield campus and at off-site locations for the convenience of our students. Most often, extended courses are offered in educational facilities (high schools) where most students work.

Our Programs

Initial License

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Moderate Disabilities PreK-8; Gr. 5-12
  • Reading
  • Middle & Secondary Ed. (10 subject areas)
  • School Adjustment Counseling (on campus only)
  • School Guidance (on campus only)
  • School Leadership (3 tracks) As of July 1, 2013, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved American International College to offer the School Leadership Preparation Program for the following tracks:
    • Principal/Assistant Principal
    • Administrator of Special Education
    • Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent

Professional License

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Moderate Disabilities PreK-8
  • School Adjustment Counselor (on-campus only)
  • School Guidance (on-campus only)
  • Candidates in other fields may qualify for professional licensure also

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Most of the graduate programs consist of 30-33 credits, which include 8-9 courses and a 6-credit culminating experience. There are some exceptions: Moderate Disabilities initial license candidates take 36-39 credits; School Leadership students take 38-43 credits depending on their track (Principal/Assistant Principal: 38-40 credits, Administrator of Special Education: 38-40 credits, Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent: 41-43 credits); and programs in School Guidance and School Adjustment Counseling are longer.

Please note, transfer credits are not accepted for review after a student has started a program or any student who is considered a late start.

NOTE! Are you looking to request graduate credits for the Department of Education Sheltered English Immersion Course? Click here

Program Highlights

  • Entire program conducted in or near your school
  • One evening per week, same night entire program
  • Finish one course every eight (8) weeks
  • Accelerated completion times
  • Summer, Christmas and school vacation breaks
  • Course make-up options if scheduling conflict occurs
  • No thesis required, portfolio in lieu of thesis (for initial license program; professional license candidates complete a research project)
  • No GRE tests required
  • Transfer credits considered
  • All class times are from 4:30 - 9:15 p.m.


  • 35% special tuition reduction for teachers
  • Among the most competitive in the state
  • Special tuition rate guaranteed throughout the program
  • Federal Direct Loans and "Pay as You Go" payment plans available


  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (N.E.A.S.C. )Accredited
  • National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Applicants for the M.Ed. or CAGS program seeking teacher licensure are required to submit evidence of successful completion of the Communication and Literacy sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Check the MTEL website for complete information: Students who have not yet taken or passed the MTELS may enter the program as a non-licensure candidate. Non-licensure students may change their status to licensure candidates if they submit passing MTEL scores well before their culminating experience is to begin. All MTELS for the license sought must be passed prior to the practicum.

Students in the School Leadership Preparation Program are required to submit passing scores on the Communication and Literacy sections of the MTEL prior to starting the program.

Our adjunct professors are the embodiment of professor-practitioners. They will provide students with a wonderful mix of scholarship and practicality, as most adjunct professors are employed in the field or related field about which they are instructing you, and they will offer you a balance between theory and applied research in the "real" world.

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For information on the program, please call the Graduate Information Office at 800.540.9749, or email Mandi Papp at

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