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's diverse students. 

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Program Overview

The UMass Lowell master's 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.

Our virtual simulations and partnerships with local school districts, including Lawrence, Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Haverhill, Methuen, Westford and local technical schools give you real-world opportunities to hone your teaching skills before you begin your student teaching semester. Coursework and field experiences address the contemporary demands of teaching students in a diverse world of changing demographics - ensuring that you are truly “classroom-ready” when you graduate.

See the UMass Lowell online Graduate Catalog for more information and a list of courses offered by the School of Education.

  • Curriculum

    The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Initial Teacher License Option requires 8 courses and a 6-credit practicum for a total of 30 credits.

    Visit the academic catalog for details of each specialization's degree pathway.


    To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell master's degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered.

    Requirements are found in the Graduate Catalog.

  • Admissions Requirements

    In many cases, applicants may register for a course before they have formally applied into the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Please contact the School of Education by email: if you have questions about the application process.

    Requirements for Admissions:

    • Completion of a Bachelor's degree in English, History, Math or Science. For those with alternative majors, a minimum of 36 content credit hours is required. A cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.000 or above for the bachelor's degree for which you are seeking licensure.

    A UMass Lowell undergraduate may apply to the Bachelor's to Master's in Education with the following conditions:

    • At the time the Bachelor's to Master's degree is conferred, undergraduate must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or above in order to maintain eligibility for this option. Conditional acceptance into the program will be granted to eligible seniors.
    • Undergraduates must apply for and receive his/her baccalaureate degree before matriculating into the graduate program.

    All applicants must submit:

    • An application - Apply Online
    • An application fee
    • A statement of purpose
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Official transcripts
    • No GRE required

    For specific information regarding any of the above application materials (which may vary for some programs), please see UMass Lowell's Graduate Admissions Process.

    Applications can be completed and submitted at any time during the year. Each application is processed - and each applicant notified - as soon as all of your admissions materials have been received and reviewed.

Why Earn Your Master of Education at UMass Lowell?

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Teach with Confidence

The program combines education theory, teaching students in the diverse world of changing demographics and field experiences in local schools. You will have the content, confidence and skills necessary to be successful in the classroom.
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Where Our Graduates Work

Graduates of our program are working in school districts throughout the Merrimack Valley and beyond. The majority of our graduates teach in Massachusetts, but the Commonwealth has teacher licensure reciprocity with most states.
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Career Potential

Being a full-time elementary or secondary teacher is the first step for our graduates but many continue their education and become specialists, department chairpersons, assistant principals and principals.

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