UMass Lowell prepares elementary and secondary teachers for the classroom and beyond.
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UMass Lowell students may qualify for the Fast Track to Teaching program, allowing you to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in five years.
All candidates are required to complete a pre-practicum and practicum, and must register for each in a timely fashion. Policies and timelines may be found in the accompanying document.
See the UMass Lowell online Graduate Catalog for more information and a list of courses offered by the College of Education.
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For Initial Licensure with add on license in Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities:
The M.Ed. Elementary Education plans to suspend admissions after summer 2017. Please ensure that we receive your application by April 15, 2017 and are able to begin the program in summer (trimester) 2017 and complete it in 2 years.
These are full time programs. Courses begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. School visits beyond course meeting times are often required.
Get information about MTEL tests.
See the Admissions Requirements (pdf).
For admission and online application to either degree visit Graduate Admissions.
See Before You Apply tab for information on CORI checks and fingerprinting.
The M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Initial Certification Option is currently not accepting students to the Secondary Mathematics and Secondary Science routes-Look for new hybrid program coming Fall 2019.
There are four routes to becoming a secondary education teacher, which provide flexibility for those who wish to pursue a teaching program on a full-time or part-time basis. Also our program accommodates candidates who are teaching on a preliminary license. All programs are 30 credits, consisting of 21 credits of course work, a pre-practicum and a 9 credit practicum.
Appropriate Undergraduate preparation 3.0 GPA MTEL Tests
Communication and Literacy (01) reading and writing subtests
Subject test in discipline:
Must be successfully completed for admission.
High School English
High School History
High School Mathematics
High School Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, General Science
Route II - Initial Licensure, Middle/Secondary Programs Only, 12 months (Summer, Fall, Spring)
Options III and IV can be completed as part-time students. Courses generally begin at 4 p.m. There will be occasional school visits beyond course meeting times.
Get information about MTEL tests.
Admissions Requirements (pdf) for Secondary Education Options I, II, III and IV
For admission and online application to the degree go to Graduate Admissions. You do not need to specify the “route” on the application form.
As a teacher you have responsibility for minors and must show that you are a person who has the attributes and behaviors expected of professionals. All candidates for teacher licensure will be required to meet regulations for working in schools, which include, but are not limited to completion of a CORI, fingerprinting and a UMass Lowell Code of Conduct check.
Please note that Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L. c. 71, § 38R) requires that school districts conduct background checks through a Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) for school personnel, including volunteers and student teachers, who may have direct and unsupervised contact with children. Certain convictions may prevent an individual from completing a teaching practicum in a Massachusetts school district. Further, it should be noted that the Massachusetts Department of Education may conduct CORI checks “as part of the general screening process for educator licensure.
In September 2013, Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 77 of the Acts of 2013, "An Act Relative to Background Checks.
This new law expands the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and, in addition, requires fingerprint-based state and national criminal record information check (CHRI). Though districts are responsible for assuring that school personnel are fingerprinted, UMass Lowell and other education preparation programs support districts in satisfying this law.
The Commonwealth contracted Morpho Trust USA to establish and operate fingerprinting locations across the state. Online registration, appointment, and cost information are available through the IdentoGo by MorphoTrust USA registration system. When you register you will be required to list up to 10 school district provider ID's.
Fingerprints are captured and submitted electronically for processing by the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and reports are returned to the designated school district(s) (not to UMass Lowell).
Based on CHRI reports or non-compliance with the law, a school district may disallow an individual from engaging in pre-practicum or practicum work in the district. These circumstances may result in the teacher preparation student being able to complete the approved teacher preparation degree program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Prior to working with children as part of your coursework, the school district and/or the university will require you to submit paperwork for a CORI check and a UMass Lowell Code of Conduct report. School districts may refuse to allow a student to complete field and clinical experiences if certain offenses are revealed. These circumstances may result in the student being unable to complete a teacher preparation degree program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.