Graduate School of Education

Why UMass Lowell

Education for Transformation through Excellence, Equity, Inquiry and Collaboration

As education transforms throughout Massachusetts and the nation, teachers and leaders need to adapt and lead. There is no better place to learn how than in the Graduate School of Education at UMass Lowell. We understand the education climate, as most of our leadership and faculty are active researchers and expert teachers.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend UMass Lowell for Your Education Degree

  1. Hands-on, Real World Learning – Our faculty design courses that are both theory and practiced-based, giving you the practical, real-world experiences you need to be successful.
  2. School District Partnerships – Our programs connect you to local school districts such as Lowell, Chelmsford, Dracut, Billerica, Methuen, and Greater Lowell Regional Technical High School where you’ll practice what you’ve learned. Many of our graduates are employed in these districts.
  3. Perfect Pass Rate – 100 percent of our teacher candidates passed the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure in 2012.
  4. Top-Notch Faculty – Thirteen tenure-track faculty and four clinical faculty members teach and conduct research on teaching, learning and leadership. Our faculty is well published and has developed national reputations in their respective fields.
  5. Grant-funded Professional Development – We engage in professional development work with teachers through grant-funded initiatives, as well as collaborate in mentoring pre-service teachers and aspiring principals.
  6. Flexible Online Classes, Same Quality – Some of our degree programs are delivered online and provide high-quality coursework taught by the same experienced faculty members.
  7. Endowed Scholarships – Apply for one of the many scholarships available to Graduate School of Education students, specifically for doctoral, master’s, elementary and secondary education and advanced degrees.
  8. The Lowell Jewel – Our location in Lowell, the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution, will open your eyes to unique opportunities to teach. Our partnership with the Lowell National History Park and the Tsongas Industrial History Center brings history and science to life through hands-on workshops and tours of canals, cotton mills, gatehouses and worker housing.
  9. Advanced Degree Accreditation – Our advanced degrees, many of which are offered online, earned accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation.
  10. National Recognition for Teacher Preparation Programs – Our programs have earned national recognition so you can rest assured that you’re receiving a high-caliber education that will help you in your career:
  • NSTA - National Science Teachers Association - for science teacher preparation
  • NCTM - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - for mathematics teacher preparation
  • NCSS - National Council for the Social Studies - for history teacher preparation
  • NCTE - National Council of Teachers of English - for English teacher preparation
  • ACEI - Association of Childhood Education International - for elementary teacher preparation
  • IRA - International Reading Association - for reading teacher preparation
  • ELCC - Educational Leadership Constituents Council - for principal preparation

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