Earn Your Master's Degree or Ed.S. in Education Online!

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High-Quality, Affordable Education Without the Commute

UMass Lowell offers a wide array of online graduate degree programs designed specifically for educators. The courses are highly interactive and are taught by the University's College of Education faculty. Courses 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.

First-time students should register using the Non-Degree Course Registration Form for NEW Students.

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ncatelogo UMass Lowell's College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Online Graduate Degrees for Educators

The following are national, non-licensure programs and are offered entirely online.
Massachusetts Teachers - Please see Graduate Programs for MA Teachers.


Master's Degree in Educational Administration, M.Ed.

A 10-course Master's degree program designed to meet the needs of experienced practitioners who wish to broaden their professional knowledge in educational administration.

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Master's Degree in Reading and Language, M.Ed.

A 10-course Master's degree program designed for educators who seek to gain the knowledge base required for teachers of reading.

Classroom Instruction

Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

For experienced educators who are interested in using their knowledge to improve teaching and enhance the curriculum development process within their school system. Students can pursue a general plan of study, or they can pursue the Science Education or Autism Studies options.

Advanced-level Education Specialist Degrees

Curriculum and Instruction: Education of Diverse Populations, Ed.S.

A practitioner-oriented degree program for experienced educators who hold a master's degree and teacher licensure. The focus is on knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds.

Reading and Language, Ed.S.

A ten-course, advanced-level graduate program designed to meet the needs of experienced educators who already hold a M.Ed. in a field other than reading and language.

Administration, Planning & Policy, Ed.S.

A ten-course, advanced-level graduate program designed to meet the needs of experienced educators who already hold a M.Ed. in a field other than educational administration.


Doctor of Education in Leadership in Schooling, Ed.D.

Are you ready to take your education to the next level? Elevate your leadership abilities and focus your research on topics that are likely to have the greatest impact upon real-world education practices.

Doctor of Education in Leadership in Schooling: STEM Option, Ed.D.

Do you teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? UMass Lowell's STEM Option for the Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. allows STEM educators to dive deep in their research on educational leadership in these critical knowledge areas.

Online Graduate Degree Programs for Massachusetts Teachers

The following programs are designed specifically for Massachusetts teachers interested in pursuing professional licensure opportunities in Massachusetts.

Advanced-level Education Specialist Degrees
for Massachusetts teachers

Administration, Planning and Policy with Principal Licensure, Ed.S.*

Only open to teachers working in Massachusetts schools and who hold a Massachusetts initial or professional teaching license.

Reading and Language with Teacher of Reading Licensure, Ed.S.*

Only open to teachers working in Massachusetts schools and who hold a Massachusetts initial or professional teaching license.

*Note: Programs marked with an asterisk have some courses with on-campus components.

About UMass Lowell's College of Education

The University of Massachusetts Lowell's College of Education is committed to playing a pivotal role in the intellectual, ethical, social and economic development of communities by educating leaders who can transform educational institutions in the diverse communities of Massachusetts and around the world. Schools have a critical need for leaders with an informed multi-disciplinary perspective on organizational life, who demonstrate excellent knowledge, judgment and skills in their professional fields, promote equity of educational opportunity for all learners, use inquiry and research to address educational challenges and possess the collaborative capabilities to transform relationships among people in school.

The College of Education is a leading provider of graduate-level programs in education. The GSE offers a wide array of teacher licensure programs, Education Specialist degrees, Master's Degrees and Doctorates in Education. The programs can be categorized into four areas: Curriculum and Instruction, Language Arts and Literacy, Leadership in Schooling, and Mathematics and Science Education.

The GSE partners regularly with schools and colleges in Massachusetts, offering extensive professional development opportunities for educators as well as programs for high school students to enhance their college preparation. Graduates of the teacher licensure programs have consistently scored at the top of the state's rankings.

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Register for Courses

Approximately 2 months prior to the start of each semester, Online and Continuing Education posts the new course schedule to the website. Once you've decided which course(s) you would like to take, returning students can register using SIS Self-Service, while new students must use the Non-Degree Registration Form.
Note: If you previously completed an academic program through UMass Lowell
but haven't already applied and been accepted into this program, please use the Non-Degree Registration Form to register.

Questions? Contact Us!

Email our Student Support Center for assistance, or call for advising at (800) 480-3190 and press 1 to speak with an advisor. See links at the bottom of this page for technical assistance with your online course.