The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Be a Teacher

Photo of Shannon O'Leary teaching a music class.


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 a 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.