Graduate School of Education

Standardized Tests for Admission

Initial Licensure Programs (including the Fast Track to Teaching)

Passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) are preferred, although GRE scores may be accepted in some cases. Applicants to the M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Initial License Option (including the Fast Track) should review the admissions requirements on the Elementary and Secondary pages for details about required MTEL. 

Applicants must send their MTEL scores with their application.

Graduate Certificates

GRE scores are not required for admission; however, candidates should provide proof that they hold an initial teaching license. See the Graduate Certificates page.

Masters and Ed.S. Degrees for Experienced Teachers

Effective Spring 2010, the GRE will not be required for admission into the M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Curriculum and InstructionReading and Language, K-12 Administration. Licensed teachers will still need to provide proof of licensure with their application. Teachers and administrators who work in private settings where licensure is not required and who have a minimum of three years teaching experience, must submit a letter from their principal/administrator as proof of working as an administrator or teacher in the school.

Master of Education in Education Administration - Higher Education Option degree

The Higher Ed. Administration program is offered for individuals who are currently working in higher education, or to those who have had substantial experience in higher education administration while undergraduates. Effective April 2015, the GRE is not required for admission if applicants have earned a 3.0 GPA in six credits of undergraduate English writing courses.  

Doctor of Education degrees

The Graduate School of Education accepts only Graduate Record Examination scores (verbal, quantitative and writing sections). GRE scores are required of all applicants to the doctoral programs. The only exceptions considered are for applicants with a Ph.D., or other research based doctoral degree and for those with a M.Ed. or CAGS/Ed.S. from UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education. An official score report is required; however, if the applicant’s GRE scores are no longer available and s/he has access to a clear and unmarked student record, this may be submitted for consideration. Applicants may be asked to re-take the GRE if the admissions committee considers this may strengthen the application. The admissions committee makes a holistic judgment, taking into account all aspects of the submitted materials, when deciding whether to admit a candidate.

TOEFL Scores for International Students

All international applicants are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam except citizens of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana and English speaking countries of Africa and West Indies.  You are responsible for making arrangements to take the test.  The TOEFL requirement can be waived if you can demonstrate that you have completed at least two academic semesters of full time college/university study in the USA by the date of submission of the application.

The Minimum required TOEFL PBT is 570. 
The Minimum required TOEFL iBT is 90.