Graduate School of Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Requirements

Each graduate student is personally responsible for complying with all rules and regulations of Graduate Admissions and the Graduate School of Education, and for fulfilling all degree requirements.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

  1. To qualify for admission to a graduate degree program at the Master of Education level, an applicant must have completed a bachelor's degree program with a scholastic record that gives evidence of ability to succeed in graduate work. Specific requirements are listed with each program.
  2. In order to qualify for a Master of Education degree, each candidate must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of thirty (30) credits of required course work in a specific degree program with a cumulative GPA of B or better.
  • Complete satisfactorily the specified internship and/or field practicum, and appropriate seminar, under supervision of a designated faculty member in the Graduate School of Education. Practica are open only to matriculated students who have completed all other degree requirements.
  • Complete the degree within five years of the date of admission.

A. Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)

Designed for individuals who seek initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Certification opportunities are available in the following areas: Elementary Education, Middle School General Science, High School or Middle School Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, History, Mathematics and Physics.


Successful applicants for the elementary program must have an undergraduate major, or a minimum of 24 credits, in an arts or science academic content area. In addition, the applicant must meet prerequisite requirements in mathematics, science, history, English (two courses with grades of B or better in each area) and one course in art or music, and health.

Applicants for the secondary program must have a degree, or equivalent, in the content area they wish to teach together with supporting general education requirements.

Applicants are expected to achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate work, and satisfactory scores on each subtest on the Graduate Record Exam or passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.

All candidates must pass the Communication and Literacy Test and a Subject Test of the Massachusetts Educator Certification Tests to qualify for Massachusetts licensure.

Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) - Initial License Program

A list of program areas and degree requirements include:

Curriculum and Instruction (including Science Education Option) (M.Ed.) - Advanced Program

This program is designed to meet the needs of experienced practitioners, who seek to broaden and deepen their professional knowledge and to expand the contributions they can make to education. Candidates must hold and initial or professional teaching license. This program does not lead to licensure. Candidates may choose to specialize in science education by taking six (18 credits) courses in science and science education. The core of the degree consists of distribution requirements in the following areas: Foundations of Education, Research and Evaluation, and Specialization.

Degree requirements: Curriculum and Instruction (pdf)*
Degree Requirements: Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education Option (pdf)*

Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics Education Concentration (M.Ed.) - Advanced Program

This M.Ed. degree concentration requires thirty credits of graduate study. The program is blended with education courses offered online and mathematics courses, taken in the mathematics department, generally on campus. Candidates must hold an initial license in mathematics to be admitted to this degree program. Those seeking professional licensure in Massachusetts should confirm the degree meets their requirements by contacting the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

Degree requirements: Curriculum and Instruction - Math (pdf)

Curriculum and Instruction-Option: Autism Studies (M.Ed.) - Advanced Program

Candidates seeking this option must first complete the Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism (BIA). Upon completion of the certificate, candidates may apply to the M.Ed. degree and have their certificate courses included as part of the thirty required credits. The remainder of the degree does not focus on Autism, but examines general issues in Curriculum and Instruction; as such, it is most appropriate for candidates who work in school settings and/or have relevant experience in Curriculum and Instruction. Several of the courses require assignments that assume that the candidate is in an instructional setting. If you are not a licensed teacher you may still apply to the degree, but you must be aware that it is your responsibility to fulfill the assignments as required. The M.Ed - Autism Studies option does not lead to teacher licensure.

Degree requirements: Curriculum and Instruction - Autism Studies (pdf) 

Curriculum and Instruction-Option: Special Education (M.Ed.) - Advanced Program

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education Option is a 30-credit degree program. The program is blended with some courses taught online and some on campus. This program does not lead to a teaching license in any state.  Candidates must already hold a teaching license (initial or professional) in their state.  Additionally, they must be working as a classroom teacher of record or they will be unable to complete course assignments, particularly the Action Research Capstone or Internship in Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities.

Coursework in this program focuses on fulfilling the subject matter knowledge requirements for teaching students with moderate disabilities in grades PreK-8 and 5-12.  Successful completion of the program provides qualified Massachusetts teachers the OPPORTUNITY TO ADD ON A LICENSE in this high need area through a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Competency Review and passing the appropriate MTEL tests.

Degree Requirements: Curriculum and Instruction-Special Education: C and I Special Education Advanced (pdf)

B.  Educational Administration (M.Ed.)

The purpose of the Educational Administration Program is to develop individuals and teams who will guide educational opportunities in our region in the 21st century. The program is designed to meet the needs of experienced practitioners who seek to broaden and deepen their professional knowledge and to expand the contributions they can make to education.

NOTE: Massachusetts' regulations for "Principal" licensure are changing effective summer of 2013.

Every institution in Massachusetts which offers a Principal licensure degree program will need to seek approval for a newly aligned program. Educators seeking to apply to begin an administrative degree should be aware that course work will be subject to change pending approval of the new program. Please check back for updates.

Massachusetts educators currently admitted to the program who complete their degree and other requirements by December 2013 will be licensed under the old regulations.

Professional Experience

Each candidate for the degree in Educational Administration is required to complete at least three years full time, successful employment in a Pre-K-12 setting.

Massachusetts teachers seeking licensure as School Principal or Supervisor/Director must complete all courses required for licensure, hold a current professional teaching license, and pass the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator License.

Degree requirements: Principal (pdf)*
Degree requirements: Non-Licensure (pdf)*
Degree requirements: Higher Education Option (pdf)

C. Reading and Language (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education Degree in Reading and Language is a thirty credit program designed to provide the necessary course work to continue the education of licensed teachers.

Massachusetts teachers seeking licensure as a Teacher of Reading in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts complete two practica (6 credits) as part of the thirty credit degree. Candidates for this degree must hold either an initial or professional Massachusetts teaching license in Elementary Education, Middle/Secondary English, English Language Learners, Moderate Disabilities or Early Childhood Education and should be employed as a teacher in a Massachusetts public K-12 setting.

Degree requirements: Reading and Language -Teacher of Reading (pdf)*

A non-licensure concentration is available for teachers who do not hold a Massachusetts license and/or do not work in a Massachusetts school. Candidates who seek to enroll in this degree program should hold a teaching license in their own state in Elementary Education, Middle/Secondary English, English Language Learners, Moderate Disabilities or Early Childhood Education and be employed as teacher in a public or private K-12 school setting. This degree program is offered on line.

Degree requirements: Reading and Language - Non-Licensure (pdf)*

*These programs may be taken online.