Springfield Public Schools

You are

  • A Black or Latinx paraeducator or teacher-on-waiver

  • A college graduate with a bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Currently employed by the Springfield Public Schools

  • An aspiring teacher

Quick Contacts

Springfield Public Schools Contact

Matthew Grimes 

Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion Administrator

413-787-7100 ext. 55317

grimesm@springfieldpublicschools.com

Springfield College Graduate Coordinator

Eileen Cyr

Springfield College Graduate Coordinator

413-748-3312

ecyr@springfieldcollege.edu

 

Springfield College Financial Aid

TJ Griffis

Associate Director, Office of Financial Aid
413-748-3108
tgriffis@springfield.edu

Springfield College MTEL Coordinator

Katy Reed

Springfield College MTEL Coordinator
413-748-3656
kreed@springfield.edu

Paradigm Shift Program Coordinator

Danielle Phillips

413-542-4018

dphillips@fivecolleges.edu

 
 
 
 
 

Your Path: Springfield 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 & Submit an Interest Form


The first step is to learn more about the process of becoming a teacher by contacting your district Human Resources Department or through the Springfield College Education Department. You will receive a link to an online Interest Form, titled "Springfield College 'Step Up Paras' Interest Survey," which you must complete and submit. This form will be received and reviewed by Springfield College to gauge your interest.




Step 2. Apply to Springfield College Graduate School


During your group or one-on-one information session, you will be provided a link to apply to the Springfield College Educator Preparation and Licensure Program.

Once you apply, you can set up an appointment with the Springfield College Graduate Coordinator to review your transcript. You will find out how many prerequisites you will need to complete the program and how long the program may take.

Once accepted into Springfield College, you will automatically be admitted to the Springfield College Working Teachers Program. In addition to flexible class times and other features, public school teachers and paraeducators receive a 40% reduction in tuition. You will also be assigned a Springfield College Financial Aid Advisor who will help you identify and apply for other financial aid that may be available to you.




Step 3. Enroll in and Attend Courses at Springfield College


Once you have chosen your field of study, or licensure area, you will receive a course list to obtain your license. You may also choose to obtain your master’s degree. The Educator Preparation and Licensure Program at Springfield College requires 24 credits and is typically completed over one calendar year. Earning your master’s degree requires an additional eight credits. Your Springfield College advisor will review this with you. Then, you will enroll in courses for the semester ahead.

Once you have enrolled in your courses, your Springfield College advisor will explain all of the academic resources and support available to you, such as tutors, mentors and study sessions. You will also participate in a Paradigm Shift Orientation Session with your Paradigm Shift liaison to learn about additional resources available to you. Your liaison will continue to serve as a contact and support person for you throughout the program. In addition, you may choose a mentor who will serve as a coach, cheerleader, and advocate within your school and district.

For help enrolling in courses, contact
Springfield College Graduate Coordinator

To learn about academic support available, contact
Paradigm Shift Program Coordinator




Step 4. Prepare, Take and Pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL®)


While you are taking your graduate courses at Springfield College, you must also prepare for and pass your MTELs. The MTEL Program was initiated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and includes tests covering communication and literacy skills as well as subject matter knowledge. The tests are designed to ensure that Massachusetts educators:

  1. Can communicate adequately with students, parents/guardians and other educators

  2. Are knowledgeable in the subject matter of the license sought

The Springfield College MTEL coordinator is also happy to help you identify courses, register, and schedule your MTELs.

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 5. Complete Your Practicum


Your practicum is the practical application of your coursework. Once you have passed your MTELs and during your coursework, you will teach for a minimum of 300 clock hours, 100 hours of which must be direct instruction. There are bi-weekly seminars that provide additional support. All teacher candidates are assigned a college supervisor as well as a supervising practitioner. Springfield College will work together with your Springfield Public School District and your school’s principal to ensure you are able to meet your required hours and that you are supported throughout your practicum.




Step 6. 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.

Springfield 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! Springfield Public Schools and the children you serve are fortunate to have you!





 

Springfield Public School Financial and Academic Support

In addition to federal and state financial support, there are opportunities for financial and academic support available specifically for Springfield Public Schools' paraeducators and teachers on a waiver working to obtain their initial teaching license.

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Will you ship to me internationally?


We offer shipping to the countries in Europe at this point in time. If you would like to arrange an order but your country is not currently being serviced please contact us here. Please read out full shipping policy for more details.




Can I ship to multiple addresses?


Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate split shipments. If you wish to ship to multiple addresses, you can do this by creating separate orders, each with their own delivery address.




How can I contact JL Beauty?


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When can I expect my order?


Did you place your order on a business day? Then we will strive to deliver the order within 1-3 days (with the exception of Sundays and public holidays). This will be done by POSTNL. Orders placed on weekends will be delivered the following Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. As soon as your order has been finalised, you will receive an e-mail with an order confirmation. The minute your package goes out the door, an e-mail with the Track & Trace number will be sent your way.





 

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