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Shelie Wells

Director of Education Programs and Professor of Practice of Education
(508) 849-3435

Education | BA

Program Overview

The teacher preparation programs at Anna Maria College aim to develop the student as a deeply committed, knowledgeable, and reflective practitioner. The programs are built on the idea that K–12 students are unique individuals, who are joined together as different members of a learning community. As learning community members, there is a responsibility to respect, support, and learn from each other. Both the individual and social dimensions of learning are stressed. The college remains committed to providing scholarship and grant resources to keep the overall cost of teaching licensure affordable for students seeking to work as teachers in the education community.

Curriculum Highlights

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Course Of Study

Career and Internship Opportunity


  • Adult education instructor
  • Academic adviser
  • Campus recruiter
  • Education consultant
  • Tutor
  • Education program coordinator
  • Education writer
  • Instructional designer
  • Education administrator


Program Learning Outcomes

Our goal is to cultivate educators who are supportive colleagues, maintain a high level of competence and integrity in their teaching practices, use feedback to improve their performance, embrace the diversity of their students, and ultimately serve as positive adult role models in their school community. Through coursework and real and relevant application, students will prepare for Initial Teacher Licensure as approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Students will:

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and the pedagogy it requires by consistently engaging students in learning experiences that enable them to acquire complex knowledge and subject-specific skills and vocabulary, such that they are able to make and assess evidence-based claims and arguments.
  • Develop well-structured lessons with challenging, measurable objectives and appropriate student engagement strategies, pacing, sequence, activities, materials, resources, technologies, and grouping.
  • Organize and analyzes results from a variety of assessments to determine progress toward intended outcomes and uses these findings to adjust practice and identify and/or implement appropriate differentiated interventions and enhancements for students.
  • Uses appropriate practices, including tiered instruction and scaffolds, to accommodate differences in learning styles, needs, interests, and levels of readiness, including those of students with disabilities and English language learners.
  • Uses rituals, routines, and appropriate responses that create and maintain a safe physical and intellectual environment where students take academic risks and most behaviors that interfere with learning are prevented.
  • Effectively model and reinforces ways that students can master challenging material through effective effort, rather than having to depend on innate ability.
  • Regularly reflects on the effectiveness of lessons, units, and interactions with students, both individually and with colleagues, and uses insights gained to improve practice and student learning.
5th year Masters

Students in the Anna Maria College Undergraduate Education Program can take three 5th year option courses towards their M.Ed. These courses will be decided in consultation with your advisor and will meet specific program licensure requirements. All educators in Massachusetts need an M.Ed. within five years of their first employment.  The 5th year option program will help you attain your M.Ed. in a shorter time to obtain this goal.


The Anna Maria Education Program is an Approved Licensure Program by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We offer Initial Licensure in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education at the undergraduate level. On the graduate level we offer Initial licensure in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Moderate Disabilities PreK-8, and Moderate Disabilities 5-12. Add-a-License is another option for candidates who currently have Initial Licensure.

Teacher Preparation

Students may begin their Education major in their freshman year. However, students are not formally admitted to education / teacher preparation until they have successfully completed 60 credits and earned an overall GPA of 2.7 and, to student teach, they need to have earned at least a 2.7 GPA in their teacher preparation courses.

To be eligible for teacher preparation, students must:

      • Complete a minimum of 60 credits.

      • Declare a major in one of the liberal arts or sciences.

      • Maintain a minimum overall Grade or Quality Point Average (GPA/QPA) of 2.7 in their major and teacher preparation courses.

      • Achieve a passing score on the Communication and Literacy sections (reading and writing) of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

    • Obtain the recommendation of faculty in education and liberal arts and sciences, or of employers in the field of education.

Meet Our Faculty

Joshua Cohen


Diane Carroll

Assistant Professor of Practice of Education and Field Placement Coordinator

Ralph Borseth

Program Supervisor

Jonene Angelo

Education Licensure

Jennifer Carney

Program Supervisor

Erin Decoste

Instructor and Moderate Disabilities Program Coordinator

Margaret Foran-Collins

Program Supervisor

Molly Jane Kitka-Shveda