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Reading & Language

The UMass Lowell Master's of Education and Education Specialist degrees programs in Reading an Language help experienced practitioners broaden and deepen their professional knowledge in literacy and expand the contributions they can make to education.

The Master's of Education (M.Ed. 30 credits) and Education Specialist (Ed.S. 30 credits) degrees programs are approved for reading licensure for those candidates who work and are licensed in Massachusetts.

The program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education for licensure as a Reading Specialist. For Massachusetts teachers, the degrees culminate in a two-semester practicum and lead to reading licensure.

As the degrees are online, out-of-state students benefit from the coursework, but cannot be endorsed by UMass Lowell for licensure in any state including Massachusetts. For Massachusetts teachers, the degrees culminate in a two-semester practicum and lead to reading licensure.

We do not offer licensure programs for candidates who work in other states and these degrees culminate in either the Ed.S. seminar or the M.Ed. capstone and not in a practicum.

All candidates must have an initial or professional teaching license in Elementary Education, Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, or English as a Second Language, one year of teaching experience as a classroom teacher and currently working in a school system in order to complete field experiences in all courses.

Option 1. Approved Massachusetts Licensure Programs
  • M.Ed. Reading and Language - Massachusetts Teachers only (online coursework, field experiences and practicum) leading to reading licensure (30 Credits)
  • Ed.S. Reading and Language – Massachusetts Teachers only (online coursework, field experiences and practicum) leading to reading licensure.  (30 Credits)
Massachusetts teacher seeking reading licensure must be employed in a school which uses the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and where the practicum can be overseen by a licensed reading specialist who hold a Massachusetts Reading License. In addition to completing the UML-approved program, candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL in order to be licensed.
  
Option 2. Non Licensure Programs for Educators in States Other Than Massachusetts: Non-Licensure 
  • M.Ed. Reading and Language – 30 credit degree which culminates in a capstone and does not lead to licensure. 
  • Ed.S. Reading and Language  – 30 credit degree beyond the master's level which culminates in an Ed.S. seminar and does not lead to licensure.
These program do NOT lead to licensure in any field. Instead, it provides the professional knowledge required for the continuing education of experienced practitioners. Candidates who complete the program successfully are awarded a Master of Education or Ed.S. Degree, but cannot be endorsed for licensure in Massachusetts or in their own state. 
The program includes eight courses that are common to all programs. 
For Massachusetts teachers the degree culminates in a two-semester practicum and leads to reading licensure. For candidates who work in other states the degrees culminate in either the Ed.S. seminar or the M.Ed. capstone and not in a practicum.
The program of study pathway for each option can be found in the Academic Catalog. 
Successful applicants must submit proof of a valid teaching license in one of the following four areas: 
  • Elementary Education
  • Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Education
In addition, candidates must have at least one year of classroom teaching experience and be currently teaching in the area of their initial license.
Applicants must submit:
  • Application cover sheet
  • Application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation (including at least one  from an administrator)
  • A personal statement of purpose
  • Resume including indication of place and scope of current employment
  • All official transcripts. Applicants are expected to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate work.
  • Proof of teaching license in appropriate field