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The UMass Amherst College of Education is an NCATE-approved comprehensive professional college consistently ranked in the Top 50 Colleges of Education in the country.

The College of Education is dedicated to enhancing the practice of education through:

  • scholarship that informs the preparation of educational professionals,
  • the improvement of educational systems,
  • and the development of educational policy.

Our approach is shaped by our:

  • fundamental commitment to social justice and diversity
  • and by our belief in the essential importance of national and international perspectives as we advance education in the Commonwealth as a model for the nation and the world.

 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.



Posted: December 2015

The UMass Amherst College of Education receives continued accreditation for full seven-year period

 The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 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.

CAEP is the accrediting body for educator preparation, which resulted from the consolidation in July 2015 of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC.) CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.