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Master's Programs

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Requirements

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

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

  1. Curriculum and Instruction
  2. Educational Administration
  3. Reading and Language

 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:
    1. Complete a minimum of thirty (30) credits of required course work in a specific degree program with a cumulative GPA of B or better, with no more than six (6) credits with an earned graded below B (3.00) counting toward the Master's.
    2. 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.
    3. Complete the degree within five years of the date of admission.

1.  Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)

Initial Licensure Program

Designed for individuals who seek initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The College of Education, UMass Lowell’s Blended Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with initial licensure prepares English, History, Math and Science secondary teachers to effectively meet the needs of Massachusetts diverse students. The program combines educational theory and practice with authentic well supported field-based experiences. This prepares teacher candidates to enter the teaching profession with the content, confidence and skills necessary to be successful. Well-supported field-based experiences embedded throughout their preparation programs.


Completion of a bachelor's degree in English, History, Math or Science (biology, physics, chemistry). For those with alternative majors, a minimum of 36 content credit hours is required. Candidates must pass the following required MTEL tests: Communications and Literacy and Content Area test for the license you seek. 

Cumulative Grade Point Average 3.0 or above for your bachelor's degree. Any UMass Lowell undergraduate junior or senior may apply to a master's degree program at UMass Lowell under the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Option with the following conditions: 

1) The applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above at the time the baccalaureate degree is conferred in order to maintain eligibility for this option, and 

2) The applicant must apply for and receive his/her baccalaureate degree before matriculating into the graduate program. Conditional acceptance into the program will be granted to eligible juniors and seniors before their baccalaureate degree is conferred.

Degree Pathways for M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, Initial License:


English 5-12 - SEI Endorsement - 30 Credits
History, 5-12 - SEI Endorsement - 30 Credits

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 five (15 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 Pathways

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

Note: This program is not longer accepting applications - effective February 2019

This M.Ed. degree option requires 30 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.

Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis and Education (M.Ed.) - Advanced Program

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis and Education Option is a 30-credit degree program. Which can be completed entirely online. 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.

Candidates who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism courses at UMass Lowell must apply for admission to the M.ED.. Conversely, candidates admitted to this M.Ed. option, by completing the specialization courses, may also be able to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism (BIA).

Information about the Graduate Certificate can be found on the UMass Lowell Department of Psychology Website.

2.  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.

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.

Education Administration: Higher Education Option (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed. Education Administration, Higher Education Option is a thirty credit program which focuses on policy and practice in Higher Education. Some courses offered on campus and some online, providing the flexibility for working professionals to complete the degree in a timely and convenient manner. Applicants to the program must be working or interning at an institution of higher education. They must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution which has been earned with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

3.  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.

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.

*These programs may be taken online.

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Updated 10/16/2017