Your Future in Education Starts Here
It is said that a good education can change anyone, but a good teacher can change everything. Start your journey to becoming a teacher that inspires the next generation with UMass Lowell's Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Initial Teacher License Option. This highly flexible program is available in a blended format with a combination of online and on-campus courses — allowing students to continue to work full-time or part-time while taking courses towards their degree.
This graduate degree program is designed to prepare you to enter the teaching profession with the content, confidence and skills necessary to be successful at the middle and secondary education level.
Why Get Your M.Ed. at UMass Lowell?
- Flexible course delivery so you can continue to work (except during practicum)
- One of the most affordable degree programs available
- Hands-on, real-world experience teaching in the classroom through UMass Lowell partnerships with local school districts including Haverhill, Lowell, Lawrence, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Methuen and more
- Interactive virtual simulations that allow you to hone your abilities as an educator and practice teaching students in a classroom — long before you ever step foot in one
- Personalized support from distinguished faculty to get you "classroom ready" so you can successfully lead, teach and inspire students in the 21st century
- A degree from a top-ranked research university with roots that trace back nearly 125 years as a teaching college
Graduates of the program are sought after in the job market and work in school districts throughout Massachusetts and beyond, since the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has teacher licensure reciprocity with most states. Becoming a full-time middle and secondary teacher is the first step for graduates of the program, but many continue their education and become specialists, department chairpersons, assistant principals and principals.
What Our Students Are Saying
"As a student in the program, I not only received real-world teaching experience, but also obtained endless wisdom and support from a diverse group of professors. Stepping into a classroom for the first time is scary, but my first day was a lot easier knowing that I had a caring community of educators back at UMass Lowell."
"Employment of middle school and high school teachers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026."
Accelerate Your Teaching Career in as Little as 12 Months
The program offers multiple pathways for you to complete your master's degree in a timeline that's flexible and convenient to match your busy schedule and career goals.
Bachelor's to Master's Fast Track Option
This track is ideal for UMass Lowell undergraduates who wish to pursue a career in teaching at the middle or secondary level. The program can be completed in one or two years. The online courses provide greater flexibility for you to work part-time or full-time as you complete your graduate degree coursework. Undergraduate students can start by taking two graduate courses during their senior year.
One Year Full-Time Option
Students can earn their master's degree in one year by completing the courses during the summer and fall semesters, and finishing the practicum during the spring semester. The online courses provide greater flexibility for you to work part-time or full-time as you complete your coursework.
Two Year Part-Time Option
This option is a particularly strong pathway for working adults looking to make a career change and become a teacher. You can continue to work full-time in your current profession, and pursue your coursework part-time (except during practicum).
Specialization and Licensure OptionsIn order to become a public school teacher in Massachusetts, you must earn a license and specialize in a content area for specific grades. This master's degree program offers four areas of subject matter specialization for licensure:
- English grades 5-12
- History grades 5-12
- Mathematics grades 8-12
- Science grades 8-12
About the School of Education
For nearly 125 years, UMass Lowell's School of Education has been a leader in the field of education — offering world-class programs with a reputation for innovation and excellence. Today, more than a century after its founding, UMass Lowell's School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs at all levels through the doctorate. As education transforms throughout Massachusetts and the nation, teachers and leaders need to adapt and lead. And there is no better place to learn how than through the School of Education. Faculty members understand today's education climate and offer in-depth knowledge and expertise as active researchers, expert teachers, thought leaders and policy specialists.
- 9 Courses / 30 Credits
Core Courses (7 Courses / 21cr)
- EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations * (3cr) - Available Summer 2023!
- EDUC.5410 Teaching Emergent Bilingual Learners (3cr)
- EDUC.5101 Foundations of Social Justice Education * (3cr) - Available Summer 2023!
- EDUC.5043 Methods of Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities-Secondary * (3cr) - Available Summer 2023!
- EDUC.5102 Critical Literacies * (3cr)
- EDUC.6240 Assessment of Learning * (3cr) - Available Summer 2023!
- EDUC.5402 Pre-Practicum (3cr)
Specialization Courses (2 Courses / 9 Credits)
Choose one of the four subject matter areas below for specialization:
- EDUC.5720 Curriculum and Teaching: English (3cr)
- EDUC.5832 Teaching English and Seminar (Practicum) (6cr)
- EDUC.5730 Curriculum and Teaching History (3cr)
- EDUC.5842 Teaching History and Seminar (Practicum) (6cr)
- EDUC.5750 Curriculum and Teaching Math (3cr)
- EDUC.5892 Teaching Mathematics and Seminar (Practicum) (6cr)
- EDUC.5760 Curriculum and Teaching Science (3cr)
- EDUC.5903 Teaching Biology and Seminar (Practicum) (6cr)
- EDUC.5913 Teaching Chemistry and Seminar (Practicum) (6cr)
- EDUC.5933 Teaching Physics and Seminar (Practicum) (6cr)
CSCE Graduate Restrictions
CSCE Graduate Restrictions
To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell master's degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.
- Students must complete the program of study designed by the Department in which they are enrolled and approved by the University.
- Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned. See Academic Standing.
- All financial obligations, including tuition, fees and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
- Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.
Graduate Program Policies
In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.
Summer 2023 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|Online Education for Ed.D. and Ph.D.†||$495||$1,485|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Graduate Degree and Certificate Application||$50|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
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- Completion of a bachelor's degree in English, History, Math or Science. For those with alternative majors, a minimum of 36 content credit hours is required.
- Cumulative Grade Point Average 3.0 or above for your bachelor's degree
- Any UMass Lowell undergraduate junior or senior may apply to a master's degree program at UMass Lowell under the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Option with the following conditions: 1) The applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above at the time the baccalaureate degree is conferred in order to maintain eligibility for this option, and 2) The applicant must apply for and receive his/her baccalaureate degree before matriculating into the graduate program. Conditional acceptance into the program will be granted to eligible juniors and seniors before their baccalaureate degree is conferred.
UMass Lowell's School of Education delivers the master's degree and endorses for licensure after all the MTELS are passed in the appropriate academic field.
Note: Massachusetts General Law requires that school districts conduct background checks through a Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) for school personnel. Please be aware that certain circumstances may result in a student being unable to complete a teacher preparation degree program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. See the Massachusetts Department of Education CORI Policy. Learn more by reviewing the School of Education's Policies and Expectations.
Applying into a Graduate Degree ProgramAll applicants must submit:
- An application
- An application fee
- A statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
- No GRE required
Graduate Program Admissions Requirements
Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before formally applying to the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions , or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the application process.
Questions Regarding Your Graduate Application?
Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723 (for U.S. students) or 978-934-2390 (for international students).
For General Assistance:
For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!