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Teacher Licensure and Campus Resources for Work in Childhood, Youth, and Learning

Students interested in teacher licensure or the following collaborations should contact affiliated staff, faculty, or community coordinators as listed below.

The Five College Teacher Licensure Program

Hampshire College has a collaborative relationship with Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College to assist students in working toward teacher licensure. The teaching licenses obtained through this program are recognized in approximately 45 other states. To become eligible for licensure in the state of Massachusetts through Mount Holyoke College, students must successfully complete the requirements of a teacher licensure program; pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) [fees apply]; and submit licensure application materials and fees to the Massachusetts Department of Education. To find out which Hampshire courses will substitute for Mount Holyoke courses and for information and support in obtaining teacher licensure, contact the licensure coordinator, Sarah Frenette, at

The CYL program has partnerships with area schools and after-school programs. We offer course-related projects as well as opportunities for students to pursue independent work with the sites and programs listed below. For more information, contact the Assistant Director of CYL, Beth Mattison at 413.559.5613, or at

Hampshire College Early Learning Center

An innovative early childhood program (infancy through preschool) primarily for children of Hampshire College staff, faculty, and students. HELC is available for student observation, research, work-study, and volunteer opportunities. Contact Casie Smith, director, at x5706.

Center For Teaching and Learning

The CTL fosters open exhange about teaching and learning among faculty at Hampshire College, providing a forum for faculty to share classroom teaching ideas and discuss challenges. Contact Laura Wenk, director, at

Community Partnerships for Social Change

A program that links students with internships in community-based organizations and after-school programs. Contact Mary Bombardier, director, at x5395 or

Community Engagement and Collaborative Learning (CECL) Network

The Network is composed of curricular programs, interested faculty, students, and administrative representatives, is constituted to facilitate the implementation of the new CEL (Community Engagement and Learning) requirement and to extend the capacity of academic programs that already provide off-campus internship and learning opportunities for students. Contacts: Myrna Breitbart, academic director, or Mary Bombardier, assistant dean of community engagement,

Child Development Research Center

Located in Adele Simmons Hall, equipped with one-way observation glass, A/V recording equipment, and a toy-stocked reception area for parents and children. Contact Jane Couperus at .

Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology

A web and CD-ROM resource designed to help faculty incorporate more student-active approaches in ecology courses.

The Eric Carle Museum for Picture Book Art

The Eric Carle Museum is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is the museum's goal to foster connections between visual and verbal literacy and to provide visitors of all ages and backgrounds with the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.

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With Childhood, Youth, and Learning (CYL)
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Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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Fax: 413.559.5247