Programs

Initial License

The School of Education offers courses leading to initial and professional licenses. Recommendation for licensure is contingent on the candidate’s successful completion of all coursework, field and clinical experiences, and the passing of the appropriate Massachusetts tests for Educator Licensure.

Early Childhood Education

The Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education prepares candidates to teach in grades from Pre-K through Grade 2. The program leads to a Massachusetts Initial License.

Elementary Education Program

The Master’s Degree in Elementary Education prepares candidates to teach in first through grade six. The program leads to a Massachusetts Initial Teaching License.

Middle or Secondary Education

The Master of Education Degree in Middle or Secondary Education prepares candidates with a master’s or CAGS degree in arts and sciences who are seeking an Initial License to teach in grades 5-8 or 8-12 depending on the field of licensure.

Moderate Disabilities

The Master of Education Degree Moderate Disabilities Program is designed for candidates who possess a bachelors’ degree who wish to obtain an Initial Teaching License in grades PreK-8 or grades 5-12.

Reading Specialist

The core of the reading program trains students to use scientifically based research strategies while in the roles of reading teacher and diagnostician, writing instructor, and literacy leader/coach.

School Adjustment Counseling

This Master of Educational Psychology prepares candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree and are seeking an Initial License in School Adjustment Counseling.

School Guidance Counseling

This Master of Educational Psychology prepares candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree and are seeking Initial License in School Guidance Counseling in grades 5-12.

School Leadership

The degree in School Leadership is designed for candidates who are preparing for roles in one of the following tracks: Principal/Assistant Principal PreK-8 or 5-12, Administrator of Special Education (all level), and Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent (all level).

 

Professional License

The Educational Preparation Program offers courses leading to professional licensure for candidates who possess an initial license in the following fields: (1) Early Childhood, (MEd or CAGS); (2) Elementary Education (MEd or CAGS); and (3) Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or CAGS).

Early Education, Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)

This 30-credit graduate program is designed for educators with an Initial teaching license in early childhood, elementary education, or moderate disabilities (PreK-8) who are seeking Professional Licensure in the same field and at the same level.

 

Professional Development

Professional Development at AIC offers opportunities for teachers in the following areas:  Graduate level courses; Required SPED/Bilingual Workshops for re-licensure; SEI/RETELL Stand Alone courses providing Endorsement, Professional Development Points and optional Graduate credit; and Graduate credits for in-district and Educational Collaborative sponsored SEI/RETELL Endorsement courses.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Resources and Registration

Candidates seeking vocational-technical and adult basic education licenses must past the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). The tests are designed to help ensure that Massachusetts educators can communicate adequately with students, parents/guardians, and other educators and that they are knowledgeable in the subject matter of the license(s) sought. For test preparation resources, test registration forms, and additional resources please visit mtel.nesinc.com.

 

Low Residency Programs

Low residency programs are full-time with flexible program delivery allowing students to balance work and life while achieving their academic goals. Classes are delivered in a low residency format, where students attend three required and two optional weekend residencies per year. During residencies, students meet with their faculty and peers on the AIC Springfield campus to attend workshops, hear guest lectures, meet face to face with their mentors, and share ideas among peers.

Doctoral Programs

Low Residency Doctor of Education programs are non-traditional doctoral programs for practitioners in education, educational leadership, counseling, and supervisory roles, who already hold an accredited master’s degree in education, educational administration, psychology, counseling, or a closely aligned field.

Educational Leadership and Supervision

The Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision is designed to prepare scholar practitioners to become effective advocates who can successfully operate within the social, cultural, organizational, political, and educational contexts of their institutions and communities.

Teaching and Learning

The Doctor of Education Program in Teaching and Learning is designed to prepare scholar practitioners to function effectively within a chosen educational area such as special education, elementary/middle/secondary school education, adult learning, global or alternative education.

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