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Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed.

The UMass Lowell College 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 are already teachers, licensed with their initial or professional teaching license. These programs of study are offered either completely online or in a blended format. Online courses are offered in conjunction with UMass Lowell Division of Online and Continuing Education on the Blackboard Learn platform. Please refer to the Continuing Education 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:

  • Autism Studies Option (Advanced)

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies 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 Behavioral Intervention in Autism (BIA) Online Certificate for BCBA Preparation (graduate) at UMass Lowell with at least a 3.0 GPA. Candidates who are in their final semester of the BIA 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 must already hold a teaching license (initial or professional) in their state. Additionally, they must be working as a classroom teacher (any level) of record or they will be unable to complete course assignments, particularly the Action Research Capstone.

  • 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 must already hold a teaching license in science (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.

  • 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 in the Autism option complete an alternative capstone in their workplace. 

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 admission cover sheet 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. College 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.

  • Cover sheet (specify program and program Option) which is completed electronically on the Graduate Admission website or this form may be submitted in hard copy
  • Admission fee
  • Admission statement (a.k.a. statement of purpose) in which the candidate clearly communicates a commitment to the teaching profession, demonstrates a record of strong instructional practice and a strong rationale for entering a Curriculum and Instruction program (specify option)
  • Resume including indication of place and scope of current employment
  • One year of PK-12 teaching experience preferred, prior to admission (not required for Autism Studies Option)
  • Proof of initial or professional teaching license (not required for Autism Studies Option)
  • Three letters of reference including one from the candidate's current principal or supervisor or ABA supervisor for autism candidates.
  • Official transcripts (a master's degree is required for admission to the Ed.S.)
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate GPA of 3.0 or better