Teacher Preparation & Licensure
Anna Maria College has a long and respected tradition of teacher preparation. The College's programs, built on solid relationships with schools and educational personnel in Central Massachusetts, prepare students for initial teacher licensure, according to Massachusetts state guidelines. License preparation includes Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities (Pre-K-2), Elementary (1-6), Music (All), Visual Art (Pre-K-8; 5-12), English (5-8; 8-12), and History (5-8; 8-12). All teacher preparation programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Students in teacher education programs are required to complete a liberal arts or sciences major to qualify for licensing. All students participate in a minimum of 80 hours of pre-practicum field experiences and a full-semester of student teaching.
The initial license qualifies students to begin teaching in the state of Massachusetts, and is reciprocal with most other states. It should be noted that the initial teacher license is the second of three levels of licensure for Massachusetts schools. A passing score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure is required to become licensed to teach in the State of Massachusetts.
Admission to Teacher Licensure Preparation
Students may begin their Education major in the first semester. Students, however, are not formally admitted to teacher preparation until the completion of 60 credits. Admission to Anna Maria College does not guarantee admission to teacher licensure preparation programs. To be eligible for teacher preparation, students must meet the following requirements:
Completion of a minimum of 60 credits
Declared major in liberal arts or sciences
Minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7
Recommendation from faculty, or an employer in the field of education
Passing score on the Communication and Literacy section of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
General Requirements for Initial Teacher License
A liberal arts or sciences major
Courses that meet the Common Teaching Standards
Minimum of 80 hours of pre-practicum field experiences
15-week practicum and concurrent seminar
Evidence of sound moral character
Evidence of professional dispositions
Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy and the Subject Knowledge portions of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
For more information, please contact:
Christine L. Holmes, Ed.D.
Teacher Licensure Officer
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Pass Rates for Previous Cohorts: