Master of Education & Education Specialists Degrees

Advance your professional career in education
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Transformational Educational Experience

The theoretical and practical knowledge possessed by the faculty, the quality of their teaching and the design of their courses lead to a truly transformative educational experience for graduate students, and as a result, for the schools in which they work and the students they teach.
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Career Options

Graduates from these degrees are able to advance their careers by taking on leadership roles as specialists or administrators in PK-12 schools. Higher education candidates are prepared to work in a variety of roles such as residential life, students affairs, student conduct and multicultural affairs.
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Flexible Online Learning

Our online degrees are highly interactive and involve a mix of web, email, online chat and other Internet-based resources. Many courses also involve students in site-based projects and build professional learning communities through peer collaboration online.

Looking to extend your professional knowledge? We offer Master's degrees and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees which are 30 credits beyond the master's level. Most of our degrees are offered completely online, which provides busy professionals with the flexibility to continue their education while working full-time. GREs are not required for entry into our advanced degrees, but you will need to provide evidence of your teaching license and must be a practicing teacher as many of our courses require you to gather data in your classroom.

We also offer graduate certificates which can be transferred into a master's degree.

Please review the following Graduate School of Education Graduate Certificate and Degree programs:

Professional Licensure

For Candidates who will complete their degree after fall 2016
The Graduate School of Education offers programs which contain at least 12 credits of content area coursework suitable for professional licensure in Massachusetts for teachers who hold certain initial licenses (see below).  The candidate must submit his/her degree information, and application for Professional Licensure directly to DESE through ELAR.  Only DESE can assess whether credentials meet the requirements for professional licensure.  Please visit the DESE website for the most current information.


M.Ed. Reading and Language 

These degrees are generally appropriate to meet academic requirements for professional licensure for Massachusetts teachers who hold an initial license in:
  • Early Childhood Education*
  • Students with Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 or 5-12*
  • Elementary Education*
  • English as a Second Language PK-6*
  • English Language Learners 5-12*

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education Option

This option is generally appropriate to meet academic requirements for professional licensure for Massachusetts teachers who hold an initial license in:

  • Earth Science 5-8*
  • Elementary Education*
  • General Science 5-8*
  • Biology 5-8 and 8-12*
  • Middle School Math/Science 5-8*

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Math Concentration

This option is generally appropriate to meet academic requirements for professional licensure for Massachusetts teachers who hold an initial license in:

  • Mathematics 5-8 and 8-12*
  • Middle School Math/Science 5-8*

*Candidates who (1.) hold Massachusetts initial licenses in these areas, (2.) have worked in the role of their initial license for at least three full years (3.) already hold the SEI Endorsement and (4.) will graduate with their degree from UMass Lowell before December 2016 should contact Charmaine_Hickey@uml.edu for more information.