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.