Become a Teacher M.Ed.
Elementary Education and Teaching Children with Moderate Disabilities
We offer two cohort programs, both of which begin in the Summer Semester.
*Note: The Fast Track to Teaching option is not available for the Elementary Education and Teaching Children with Moderate Disabilities programs.
This is for those who seek Elementary Licensure only. This program is 33 credits and may be completed in 18 months (3 semesters: Fall, Spring, Fall). Successful candidates, with faculty approval, may change to option II before completing their degree.
Program of Study: Elementary Education
This is for candidates who wish to obtain two licenses - Elementary Education as well as Teaching Children with Moderate Disabilities. This 39-credit program.
Program of Study: Dual License - Elem. Ed. and Teaching Children with Moderate Disabilities
Please see the table: Routes to Teaching: Elementary (pdf)
See Admissions Requirements for Elementary Education Options I and II.
Secondary Education - Middle and High School
There are four routes to becoming a secondary education teacher, which provide flexibility for those who wish to pursue a teaching program on a full-time or part-time basis. Also our program accommodates candidates who are teaching on a preliminary license. All programs are 30 credits, consisting of 21 credits of course work, a prepracticum and a 9 credit practicum.
Option II may be completed in 12 months (3 semesters: Summer, Fall, Spring).
Option III may be completed in 18 months (4 semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall).
Option IV is for candidates who are teaching as the "teacher of record" on a preliminary license in a middle or high school in Massachusetts.
Programs of Study - the same for each secondary option
(Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, General Science)
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Policy
Please note that Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L. c. 71, § 38R) requires that school districts conduct background checks through a Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) for school personnel, including volunteers and student teachers, who may have direct and unsupervised contact with children. Certain convictions may prevent an individual from completing a teaching practicum in a Massachusetts school district. Further, it should be noted that the Massachusetts Department of Education may conduct CORI checks “as part of the general screening process for educator licensure”. CORI Policy
The University of Massachusetts Lowell's CORI policy
Prior to working with children as part of your coursework, the school district and/or the university will require you to submit paperwork for a CORI check. School districts may refuse to allow a student to complete field and clinical experiences if certain offences are revealed. These circumstances may result in the student being unable to complete a teacher preparation degree program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.