Graduate School of Education

Reading and Language - Ed.S. & M.Ed.

These programs meet the needs of experienced practitioners who seek to broaden and deepen their professional knowledge in reading and language arts and to expand the contributions they can make to education. Applicants must submit proof of a valid teaching license in their state in Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, and Teacher of English (5-8; 8-12).  For more information about on-line learning please visit the On-line Graduate Educations Program section of UMass Lowell's On-line & Continuing Education website.

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Practicum information for licensure programs
Candidates seeking licensure as a reading specialist in Massachusetts must meet certain criteria required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  In order to proceed to Practicum I and Practicum II candidates must:Ed.S. Reading and Language Non Licensure
  1. Work in a Massachusetts Public School as a PreK-12 classroom teacher of record for at least one year.
  2. The school site must have a licensed Reading Specialist on site who works in the role of Reading Specialist/Coach.
  3. The Reading Specialist  must be able to mentor the candidate throughout both the practica experience.
  4. The UMass Lowell candidate must be able to observe reading specialists at all levels (elementary, middle, high school) for a total of 12 hours.
  5. Each practicum requires occasional visits to campus by the candidate, as well as meetings at the school site with the college supervisor and school mentor.

Admission Information

Admission deadlines for all programs listed below. 
*previously a CAGS
Additionally, applicants should have at least three years full-time experience in a K-12 school or a related setting.
This 30-credit degree provides course work for classroom teacherEd.S. Reading and Language Non Licensures who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in order to be successful in teaching and assessing issues related to students’ reading. The degree culminates in a capstone project and does not lead to licensure.

For information about on-line learning please visit the  On-line Graduate Educations Programs  section of UMass Lowell's On-line & Continuing Education website.