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The Master's of Education (M.Ed.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees focused on administration and instructional leadership offer cutting edge, practically-based courses which provide future leaders with the knowledge and skills needed for roles as principals. The degrees are online, using proven and effective strategies and field experiences taught by expert faculty who understand the demands on today's leaders. The degrees are approved for principal licensure for those students who work and are licensed in Massachusetts. 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.
Each degree includes courses in the Principalship, Leading Professional Learning Communities, School Policy and Law and Resource Management.
Please note: The Ed.S. in Administration Planning and Policy is scheduled to increase to 33 credits for students admitted for Summer 2017 onward.
The M.Ed. and Ed.S. (Education Specialist) degrees consist of online coursework. The Ed.S. degree is open to candidates who already hold a master of education degree from an accredited institution. For Massachusetts teachers, the degrees culminate in a two-semester practicum and lead to principal 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.
For information about online learning visit the Division of Online and Continuing Education.
Candidates begin the program as part of a summer, fall or spring cohort. Candidates may choose to take two courses/semester or they may complete the program by taking one course/semester. No candidate may enroll in more than two courses/semester without special permission of the graduate coordinator; the nature of the coursework is too intense to allow for this.
Candidates admitted to the program must be working in a school system, as each course requires field experiences to be completed which enable the candidate to develop the necessary knowledge and skills. Field experiences include: shadowing a principal; data-based improvement report; leading a professional learning community; budget analysis project; teacher supervision.
Massachusetts' regulations for "Principal" licensure changed effective summer of 2013. Our newly constructed program has been approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Massachusetts educators who complete their degree and other requirements by December 2013 will be licensed under the old regulations and are responsible for submitting all the required documentation to DESE through the ELAR system by the deadline.
Degree Pathways are:
Massachusetts Teacher seeking principal licensure must be employed in a school which uses the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, where MCAS data are used and where your practicum can be overseen by a Principal and/or Assistant Principal who hold a Massachusetts Principal License.
Paperwork and fees for admission are submitted to Graduate Admissions. There are specific requirements for admission to the M.Ed. and the Ed.S. in administration listed below. Once you have completed the admission cover sheet and submitted your fee, the other materials may be sent individually and will be added to your admissions file until it is complete. The file is not reviewed until it is complete; review takes about one to two weeks if materials are received during the semester.
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