Guide to Educator Licensure Programs

Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Guide to Educator Licensure programs. The programs included in this guide are for candidates interested in licensure as teachers, administrators, counselors, school psychologists, and speech language pathologists. Our goal is to prepare individuals who not only meet licensure requirements but who also have the potential to become leaders in the schools that they serve.

While centered in the College of Education, the preparation of educational practitioners is a campus wide effort. Subject matter knowledge is central to all our professional preparation programs. Faculty from almost every School and College at the University contribute directly to the knowledge base for our candidates, offering a significant array of professional preparation programs.

The following programs prepare candidates for licensure as teachers, administrators, counselors, school psychologists, and speech language pathologists:

Pre K-12 Teacher Preparation Programs

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Teacher Preparation Program

Secondary Teacher Education Program

The Secondary Teacher Education Program provides courses, field experiences, and clinical experiences leading to licensure at the middle and high school level in the following fields:

Specialist Preparation Programs

What Our Programs Offer

  • Outstanding preparation in general studies and subject matter specialty areas offered by departments throughout the University campus.
  • Professional preparation courses in the College of Education by outstanding teacher educators and researchers.
  • Field experiences and practica in a diverse range of schools and appropriate agencies.
  • Close, thoughtful supervision by teacher educators.
  • Excellent advisors who assist in planning your program.