Elms College Offers New Options for Education Graduate Students

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The college’s education graduate program offers a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Elms College’s education graduate program will offer 12 new licensure options for Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) students beginning in September 2012. M.A.T. licensure options are available for biology (5-8) (8-12), chemistry (5-8) (8-12), early childhood (PreK-2), earth science (5-8) (8-12), elementary education (1-6), English (5-8) (8-12), English as a second language, (PreK-6) (5-12), general science (5-8), history (5-8) (8-12), humanities (5-8), math (5-8) (8-12), math/science (5-8), moderate special needs (PreK-8) (5-12), physics (5-8) (8-12), reading specialist (all levels), and Spanish (5-12). The numbers in parenthesis denote the grade levels for which the licensure applies; if more than one grade level is listed, graduate students choose their preferred level.

The M.A.T. is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree, usually recent graduates or adults who want to change careers and become teachers. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a master's degree and an Initial Massachusetts state license as an educator. The licensure is reciprocal with those of more than 40 states, islands, and territories.

Elms College also offers a Master of Education, a non-licensure program that is designed to promote the professional development of experienced teachers and school leaders. For teachers who already hold a master’s degree, a certificate of advanced graduate studies (C.A.G.S.) is a 30-credit enrichment program with wide flexibility in program planning. Both the M.Ed. and C.A.G.S. programs can be utilized to professionalize an initial teaching license.

Both the M.A.T. and M.Ed. are offered at $364 per credit hour, with additional discounts available for Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke public school educators, and all teachers employed by the Diocese of Springfield. For more information, contact Jane McCarry at mccarryj@elms.edu or 413-265-2490, or visit http://www.elms.edu/grad.

The college will host a graduate studies information session 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15 at the Alumnae Library. Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet faculty and staff, explore degree options, and apply with no application fee.

Elms College is a co-educational, Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled, and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.

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