Graduate School of Education

Reading and Language - Ed.S. & M.Ed.

These programs meet the needs of experienced practitioners who seek to broaden and deepen their professional knowledge in reading and language arts and to expand the contributions they can make to education. Applicants must submit proof of a valid teaching license in their state in Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, and Teacher of English (5-8; 8-12).  

Programs offered in:

Approved Massachusetts Licensure Programs

Admission deadlines for all programs listed below.

Ed.S. Reading and Language - Massachusetts Teachers only (on-line and on campus) with Teacher of Reading license

This 30-credit advanced degree (formerly a CAGS) is for candidates who already hold a master’s degree and wish to extend their professional knowledge and skills. Candidates must be employed in a Massachusetts Public School as a PreK-12 classroom teacher of record for at least one year.  Successful completion of the program, including the two practicum experiences and passing the MTEL Reading Specialist Test, leads to eligibility for a Reading Specialist license in Massachusetts. The program is online with the exception of the two practica which are conducted in the candidate's school.  The program also requires some campus meetings.  The Ed.S. candidate must complete the Ed.S. Seminar.
Program of Study Ed.S. - Massachusetts Teachers (pdf)

M.Ed. Reading and Language - Massachusetts Teachers only (on-line and on campus) with Teacher of Reading license

This is a 30-credit advanced degree program.  Candidates must be employed in a Massachusetts Public School as a PreK-12 classroom teacher of record for at least one year.  Successful completion of the program, including the two practicum experiences and passing the MTEL Reading Specialist Test, leads to eligibility for a Reading Specialist license in Massachusetts.  The program is online with the exception of the two practica which are conducted in the candidate's school.  The program also requires some campus meetings. 
Program of Study M.Ed. - Massachusetts Teachers (pdf)

Practicum information for licensure programs

Candidates seeking licensure as a reading specialist in Massachusetts must meet certain criteria required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  In order to proceed to Practicum I and Practicum II candidates must:

  1. Work in a Massachusetts Public School as a PreK-12 classroom teacher of record for at least one year.
  2. The school site must have a licensed Reading Specialist on site who works in the role of Reading Specialist/Coach.
  3. The Reading Specialist  must be able to mentor the candidate throughout both the practica experience.
  4. The UMass Lowell candidate must be able to observe reading specialists at all levels (elementary, middle, high school) for a total of 12 hours.
  5. Each practicum requires occasional visits to campus by the candidate, as well as meetings at the school site with the college supervisor and school mentor. 

Non Licensure Programs

Ed.S.* Reading and Language - on-line, non-licensure for teachers working in states other than Massachusetts

This 30-credit degree provides course work for classroom teachers who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in order to be successful in teaching and assessing issues related to students' reading.  The Ed.S. candidate must complete the Ed.S. Seminar.
Program of Study Ed.S. (pdf)

M.Ed. Reading and Language - On-line, non-licensure for teachers working in states other than Massachusetts

This 30-credit degree provides course work for classroom teachers who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in order to be successful in teaching and assessing issues related to students’ reading. The degree culminates in a capstone project and does not lead to licensure.
Program of Study M.Ed. (pdf)

For information about on-line learning please visit the On-line Graduate Educations Programs section of UMass Lowell's On-line & Continuing Education website.