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Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed.

The UMass Lowell School of Education offers master's degrees in Curriculum and Instruction to provide busy teaching professionals with the flexibility to continue their education while working full-time.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction degrees consist of 30 credits of coursework and are open to candidates who have at least one year of experience in an educational setting. These programs of study are offered completely online. Online courses are offered in conjunction with UMass Lowell Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies on the Blackboard Learn platform. Please refer to the Graduate, Online & Professional Studies website to "Test Drive" an online course and for other information. The master's degrees in Curriculum and Instruction do not provide a path to initial teacher licensure. 

There are four Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. (advanced) program choices:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis and Education Option (Advanced)

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 who may be eligible for this program must complete the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): BCBA Coursework Preparation (graduate certificate) at UMass Lowell with at least a 3.0 GPA. Candidates who are in their final semester of the ABA program may apply and be considered for admission to the M.Ed. program prior to completing the certificate program.

  • K-12 Instructional Focus (Advanced)

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction-K-12 instructional focus 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 should have at least one year of experience in an education setting.

  • Science Education Option (Advanced)

The M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Science 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 should have at least one year of experience in an education setting.

  • Mathematics Education Concentration (Advanced) (not admitting Trimester 2019 onward)

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education Concentration is a 30-credit degree program. The program is blended with some courses taught online and some on campus. This program does not lead to a teaching license in any state. Candidates must already hold a Massachusetts mathematics teaching license (initial or professional) and work in Massachusetts schools. 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.

Common Courses 

There are four core courses that all students in all options in the Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. (Advanced) programs take.

Specialization Courses in All Programs 

Five courses in the area of specialization address the chosen option.

Culminating Capstone Course in All Programs  

Each of the Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. (Advanced) programs requires a culminating Action Research Capstone course during the student's final semester in the program. The action research capstone is a hands-on course that is carried out at the candidate's school and is based on the Renaissance Project's Teacher Work Sample. Candidates have the option to complete the Capstone Alternative. 

The program of study pathway for each option can be found in the Academic Catalog. 

There are specific requirements for admission to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction programs listed below. All paperwork and fees for admission are submitted to UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions. Once the completed graduate school application and fee are submitted, the other required materials may be sent to Graduate Admissions individually and will be accumulated in the candidate's admission file until it is complete. School of Education Faculty do not review the file until it is complete; review takes about two to three weeks if materials are received during the regular semester.

  • Graduate School Application
  • Application fee
  • Statement of purpose (that clearly expresses interest and experience to work in a professional role)
  • Three letters of recommendation (including at least one from an administrator)
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • At least one year experience in an educational setting preferred
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate GPA of 3.0 or better

Learn more from Graduate Admissions.