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. AIC’s initial license programs are offered on our Springfield campus as well as the following additional sites around Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Master of Educational Psychology prepares candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree and are seeking an Initial License in School Adjustment 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.
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).
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). AIC’s professional license programs are offered on our Springfield campus as well as the following additional sites around Massachusetts.
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 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. Professional development courses are offered at AIC’s Springfield campus as well as various locations throughout the northeast. Click the programs below for more details and a complete list of locations offered.
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.
As part of the Rethinking Equity in the Teaching of English Language Learners (RETELL) initiative, AIC is offering several different options for Sheltered English Immersion, endorsement, graduate credits and professional development points (PDPs).
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 five-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. When not in residency, students will be engaged in a mentoring relationship with an assigned faculty member who will guide their program of study in a variety of interactive formats.
The core objective of the MA in Counseling Psychology is to address the knowledge base and skills necessary to qualify for licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and related clinical practice. The academic focus of this program includes extensive in-depth studies in counseling theory and practice, applied psychology concepts and principles, theories of human development and personality development across the lifespan, family and group therapy principles, applied social and cultural foundations, biological basis of behavior, and professional orientation and ethics.
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.
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.
The Doctor of Education Program in Professional Counseling and Supervision is designed to emphasize the importance of the scholar-practitioner philosophy and a set of values that undergird the entire program.
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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