Be a Teacher

Children, Families and Schools program at UMass Amherst

When you become a teacher, you will make a difference every day. You will have a vocation full of variety, human interaction, laughter, autonomy, challenges, and learning. You will help make the world more equitable and just. You will change the future, one student at a time.

To teach in a public school in Massachusetts, you need a license for the specific age-group or content area, such as elementary, high school math, or reading. The UMass Amherst College of Education offers many paths to licensure and a variety of options to fit your needs and goals. Our graduates are known as consistently well-prepared, effective teachers and are highly sought by schools throughout the Commonwealth.

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

Malala Yousafzai

Licensure

These programs lead to initial teacher licensure in Massachusetts. Because of reciprocity agreements between states, you may be able to transfer your license to another state. However, the College of Education at UMass Amherst makes no guarantees that this program meets teacher licensure requirements in any state other than Massachusetts. If you are seeking licensure in another state, click on the link below for the program of your choice for more information.  For assistance in determining whether this program will be appropriate for you, send your inquiry to the program contact identified in the program description.  Access to your state’s licensing agency is available on the Teacher Licensure Agency Directory.

Initial Teacher Licenses offered at UMass Amherst

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Art
Teacher
 

Microscope

Biology
Teacher

Gloved hand holding test tube

Chemistry
Teacher

Chinese clay soldiers

Chinese Language 
Teacher 

Teacher reading

Early Childhood 
Teacher

Hands working in a garden

Earth/Space Science
Teacher

colored pencils

Elementary
Teacher

English

English
Teacher

ESL

English as a
Second Language (ESL)
Teacher

sky

French Language
Teacher

flower being examined

General Science
Teacher

box of documents

History
Teacher

skyline in Italy

Italian Language
Teacher

classical mural

Latin and Classics
Teacher

pen with equations

Mathematics
Teacher

“students playing violin

Music
Teacher

rollercoaster

Physics
Teacher

skyline in Spain

Spanish Language
Teacher

teacher and student

Special Education
Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

Initial Specialist and Professional Support Personnel Licenses offered at UMass Amherst

 

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Reading
Specialist

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School Guidance
Counselor

student faces

School
Psychologist

students using device

Speech, Language & Hearing
Pathologist

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Teacher Licenses offered at UMass Amherst

 

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Early Childhood Teacher

colored pencils

Elementary Teacher

Online Program

students watching

General Science Teacher

Online Program

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Mathematics Teacher

 

 

 

 

To apply or inquire about these programs, visit the College's Apply page. 

For a detailed list of licenses available at UMass Amherst, visit the Educator Licensing Programs page.