Research Values in Practice

To conduct forward-thinking research that promotes policies, practices, and partnerships that support diverse, just, meaningful, and impactful educational communities.

Education Values in Practice

To prepare leaders who will improve education through their professional practice and research both locally and globally.



Education for a socially just world.



We value diversity, community engagement, collaborative innovation, and social justice.


 We offer: 

Our graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced study and research in education and foster the development of innovative responses to challenges in the field of education. They can be designed to meet licensure guidelines, licensing requirements, professional association recommendations, College and University requirements, and individual student goals.

As a research-oriented, Land-Grant institution, the College of Education recognizes its responsibility to offer two types of graduate academic programs: 

  • programs that prepare educational scholars to further educational theory, policy, and research,
  • and programs that prepare educational practitioners for roles in public education.



During its most recent visit, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) continued accreditation for the UMass Amherst College of Education for the maximum term of 7 years from 2015 to 2022.

The College of Education was first accredited in 1962. After the College of Education's most recent reaccreditation, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) merged to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. More information about the College's accreditation is available at NCATE's website.