Initial License

The School of Education offers courses leading to the initial and professional licenses. Recommendation for licensure is contingent on the candidate’s successful completion of all coursework, field and clinical experiences, and 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-6, 5-8, OR 9-12, 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: On-site, in-district, Orton-Gillingham training; 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.

Orton-Gillingham Training

AIC in partnership with The Kildonan School, Amenia, New York, is offering associate level Orton-Gillingham training from August 13th- August 23rd, 2018. Orton-Gillingham training is a multisensory literacy education model that focuses on phonological awareness.

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

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI)

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

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 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.

Counseling Psychology

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.

Higher Education Leadership

AIC’s Higher Education Leadership program trains students for leadership roles in the field of higher education with a focus on the history of education, finance, legal aspects in higher education, the role of faculty in colleges and universities, student learning and development in higher education, and college student personnel services. Students may choose from concentrations in Higher Education Administration, or Student Services Administration.

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.

Professional Counseling and Supervision

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.

Teaching and Learning

The Doctor of Education Program in Teaching and Learning is designed to prepare scholarpractitioners 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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