Holyoke Public Schools
A Black or Latinx paraeducator or teacher-on-waiver
A college graduate with a bachelor’s degree or higher
Currently employed by the Holyoke Public Schools
An aspiring teacher
Holyoke Public Schools Contact
Kelly A. Curran
Manager of Recruitment
413-512-5336 or 413-534-2000, ext. 1503
Mount Holyoke College Admissions Contact
Admissions and Communications Coordinator
Mount Holyoke College Program Director
Catherine Swift, M. Ed.
Director, Teacher Licensure Programs
Mount Holyoke College Financial Aid
Associate Director, Student Financial Services
Paradigm Shift Program Coordinator
Your Path: Holyoke Public Schools
Paradigm Shift is here to help you become a licensed teacher.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
Step 1. Learn More & Apply
The first step is to learn more about the process of becoming a teacher by contacting the Mount Holyoke College Admissions and Communications Coordinator. If you are interested in taking the next step, complete and submit the application available on Holyoke Public Schools Talent Ed. Applications are accepted via Talent Ed from October to December.
Why do you want to be a teacher in Holyoke?
How are you involved in the Holyoke community/district?
How do you plan to use your master's degree from Mount Holyoke College and your additional licenses to contribute to the turnaround work in Holyoke?
An official transcript for each college/university you attended. You can request an official transcript from the school where you earned your degree.
A letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor or building principal.
Step 2. Prepare, take and pass Communication and Literacy Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL®)
The MTEL Program was initiated by the Massachusetts Department of Education and includes tests covering communication and literacy skills as well as subject matter knowledge. The tests are designed to ensure that Massachusetts educators:
Can communicate adequately with students, parents/guardians and other educators.
Are knowledgeable in the subject matter of the license sought.
Once your application has been accepted by the Holyoke Public Schools, you must pass the Communications and Literacy MTEL. Passing the Communications and Literacy MTEL is a prerequisite for admittance to the Mount Holyoke College licensure and graduate program.
Step 3. Apply to Mount Holyoke College Graduate School
To apply to Mount Holyoke College, contact Mount Holyoke College’s Director, Teacher Licensure Programs, who will guide you through the application process.
Step 4. Enroll and Attend Courses at Mount Holyoke College
Once you have chosen your field of study, or licensure area, you will receive a course list to obtain your license. The Masters of Arts in Teaching Licensure Program at Mount Holyoke College requires 36-38 credits and is typically completed on a part-time basis over two years. Your Mount Holyoke College advisor will review this with you. Then, you will enroll in courses for the semester ahead.
Step 5. Prepare, take and pass relevant subject matter Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL®)
Our MTEL Resources page provides extensive information about MTELs, test preparation, and exams by popular licensure programs.
Our PS Test Prep Support page offers information about test prep.
Use our Request a Tutor form for free tutoring help.
Paradigm Shift will also reimburse your MTEL test fees. Simply send a completed W9 form and a copy of your MTEL receipt to the Paradigm Shift Program Coordinator. You will receive a reimbursement check within two weeks' time.
Step 6. Complete Your Practicum
Step 7. Apply for your Initial License
Once you have completed your MTELs, coursework and practicum, you can apply for your Massachusetts Initial License. Once you receive your license, you are a fully qualified teacher. Your license is valid for 5 years and may be renewed only once. After three years teaching, you can choose to work toward earning your Professional Teaching License. The professional license expires every five years but can be renewed as many times as you'd like.
Mount Holyoke College provides a seminar and one-on-one assistance as needed to complete the Initial License application. It takes one to four weeks to receive your license.
Congratulations! You did it! Holyoke Public Schools and the children you serve are fortunate to have you!
Holyoke Public Schools Financial and Academic Support
In addition to federal and state financial support, there are opportunities for financial and academic support available specifically for Holyoke Public Schools' paraeducators and teachers on a waiver working to obtain their initial teaching license.
Who is this Marketing Response Plan for?
We would like to invite all Asian makers - rural or urban - who are looking for a digital presence to sell their artisanal creations. Unlike our competitors whose definition of artisan changes from time to time, we recognise you as a maker if you make or design your products. We are open to every kind of product you make except perishable items (sad, because we love cookies and cakes).
How do you apply & How long is the application process?
Product selection: As much as we wish we could market everything submitted to us, our resources are sadly limited. With your consent, we will select 1 or 2 products we feel best suited for our audience.
How do we plan to market your products?
What information are we planning to gather from this programme using your data?
Unlike the sly and invisible powers of the internet (you know who), we are committed to transparency in our business dealings. To cut the long story short, we are trying to understand the global demand for Asian products and the dynamics of the Asian-artisan product supply chain. Upon your request, we can share the data relevant to your business with you so you can, who knows, use the data that we gather to further enhance your online presence!
How long will we provide this Marketing Response Plan?
Innitially, we planned on running this Marketing Response Programme for about 2 months from when we started in June 2020. However, the pandemic shows that a lot of small businesses, especially the maker, are struggling to make ends meet. Therefore, we've decided to extend the programme longer until this pandemic ends and our lives are back to normal. With that, we are charging a small fee to get your brand and products featured on our platforms.
Can we provide an assurance that your data is well protected?
What is the full cost of teacher preparation?
When would I have to pay for my college courses?
You must pay, or have made arrangements to pay, for your classes by the deadlines posted on the Graduate Tuition, Fees, and Billing page on Mount Holyoke College’s website.
Would free tutoring be available to me?
Yes. There is abundant free academic and MTEL tutoring that would be made available to you.
How do I get reimbursed for MTEL test fees?
Paradigm Shift will reimburse your MTEL test fees. Simply send a completed W9 form and a copy of your MTEL receipt to the Paradigm Shift Program Coordinator. You will receive a reimbursement check within two weeks' time.
How do I find out how many and which MTEL tests I have to take?
Our PS Test Prep Support page offers information about test prep.
What is the Urban Teacher Pathways Program (UTP)?
The ‘Urban Teacher Pathways’ (UTP) Program is a collaboration between Holyoke Public Schools and Mount Holyoke College. The purpose of this part-time, two-year program is to provide an avenue for current Holyoke Public Schools’ paraeducators and teachers on a waiver to earn their Initial Massachusetts Teacher License (general education), and additional licenses in Moderate Disabilities and possibly English Language Learners (ELL), as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Areas of high priority are Math and Science. Therefore, costs are heavily discounted by Mount Holyoke College with additional support possible through financial aid. Holyoke Public Schools provides $3,000 toward tuition to all Urban Teacher Pathways participants. This is transferred directly from Holyoke Public Schools to Mount Holyoke College. No additional request or application is necessary.