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The M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction degrees consist of 30 credits of coursework. The M.Ed. and Ed.S. are open only to candidates who are already teachers, licensed with their initial or professional teaching license. The Curriculum and Instruction degree does not provide a path to initial teacher licensure (for those who seek to earn their Massachusetts Initial Teacher license, please see the M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Initial Certification Programs.) Certain degree options may lead to professional license, email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. These programs of study are offered either completely online or in a blended format. Online courses are offered in conjunction with UMass Lowell Division of Online and Continuing Education on the Blackboard Learn platform. Please refer to the Continuing Education website to "Test Drive" an online course and for other information.
The College of Education offers the following Ed.S. (formerly CAGS) Degree in Curriculum and Instruction:
There are five M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction programs, each requiring 30 credits of coursework comprised of core courses, specialization courses and a culminating experience.
Five courses in the area of specialization address the chosen option.
Each of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction programs requires a culminating Action Research Capstone course during the student's final semester in the program. This course may be taken with a MAXIMUM of one other course in the student's final semester in the program. The action research capstone is a hands-on course that is carried out at the candidate's school and is based on the Renaissance Project's Teacher Work Sample. The College of Education does NOT place students in settings for the purpose of completing this or any other academic requirement for these programs.
*In the Autism Studies Option the Action Research Capstone may be replaced by Autism Capstone which is only offered during Trimester terms.
**In the Special Education Option, the Action Research Capstone course may be replaced by an internship (Internship in Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities).
Paperwork and fees for admission are submitted to UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions.
There are specific requirements for admission to the (non-licensure) M.Ed. and the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction listed below. Once the completed admission cover sheet and fee are submitted, the other required materials may be sent to Graduate Admissions individually and will be accumulated in the candidate's admission file until it is complete. College of Education Faculty do not review the file until it is complete; review takes about two to three weeks if materials are received during the regular semester.
See the program of study sheet for Autism Option for admission alternative for candidates to this option who do not hold their initial or preliminary teacher license and/or who are not currently teaching in a public school.