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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. Our licensure programs are carefully crafted to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to thrive in the dynamic field of education. Our programs offer a supportive and enriching learning environment through small class sizes and personalized attention to enhance learning experiences. The College is proud to support your educational journey and remains committed to providing prestigious scholarships and awards to keep the overall cost of teacher licensure affordable for students to excel and bring real-world expertise to the classroom.

Contact us today to learn more about our Education Programs and take the first step towards shaping the future of education.

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 subject matter knowledge and make real world connections to deliver effective instruction that meets the needs of all learners.
  • Analyze assessment data and feedback to adjust practice, differentiate, and create equitable and improved learning experiences.
  • Create learning opportunities that enable students to take academic risks within an inclusive environment.
  • Implement strategies to support and engage all students including multilingual learners.
  • Reflect on instruction and personal biases to improve practice for all learners.
  • Adapt curriculum to differentiate instruction and allow all students to fully engage in 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

Diane Carroll

Assistant Professor of Practice of Education and Field Placement Coordinator

Joshua Cohen


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