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Bachelor of Arts in Education

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Education degree students will be eligible for two Massachusetts teacher licenses in elementary education (grades 1-6) and moderate disabilities (grades PK-8).


The BA in Ed. requires 120 credits of course work and practicum experiences. The degree requires that students complete the course work for both licenses. Throughout the degree, students will have numerous opportunities to apply their learning in local schools. Many courses are field based and students must expect to be traveling to schools on a regular basis.

While in the program, students must take and pass three MTELs (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure). All tests must be passed prior to beginning the practica in the senior year.

Information in the academic catalog:

In addition, through this degree, students will meet the Massachusetts Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK) and the Professional Standards for Teaching (PSTs) which ensure competency in:

  • Curriculum, Planning and Assessment (in the elementary content areas i.e. math, science, reading, social studies)
  • Teaching All Students
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Embracing one’s place in a Professional Culture
Students will be required to meet the undergraduate benchmarks set by UMass Lowell. Their high school programs should include the following college preparatory level (or better) courses:
English – 4 courses
Mathematics – 4 courses to include Algebra I and II; Geometry or Trigonometry. Their senior year course load must include a mathematics course.
Sciences – 3 courses with laboratory work.
Social Sciences – 2 courses including US History
Foreign Language – 2 courses in a single language

We seek an average high school GPA of 3.5 or better for each first year class, with no individual with a high school GPA lower than 3.0. SAT scores should be above 1000. Candidates for this degree should be in the top 50% of their graduating class.

In addition to test scores and transcripts, applicants must submit the Common Application and submit a personal essay, one letter of recommendation and an application fee.

International Students
International students who apply to this degree must have excellent TOEFL scores as they will be in classrooms from their first year. Their oral and written communication skills must be exemplary. For freshmen applicants, the University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version of the test, 213 on the computer-based version and 79-80 on the internet-based version. However, international students must recognize that while the program leads to a teaching credential in Massachusetts, this will not be transferable to their home country and does not provide a work permit for becoming a teacher in Massachusetts.


For admissions information, visit the UML admissions site:

Admissions Standards & Requirements
In order to teach, you must meet certain technical requirements. Read about the requirements in our Current Students section.

Additionally, 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. 

Why study education at UMass Lowell?

UMass Lowell student in the Jumpstart Program with preschooler.

Highly relevant and practical education courses

Methods courses and early field experiences in all the areas of the elementary and special education curriculum. There are also two Education minors.
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Technology Enhanced Teaching

Use of the latest technology including Mursion Virtual Reality Simulations to help you develop classroom management skills.
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Support For professional growth

Opportunities to meet with teachers and principals to advance your career through the iTeach Living Learning Community.