Our Mission Statement

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.
  • Welcome to the College of Education!

    The UMass Amherst College of Education is an NCATE-approved comprehensive professional school providing specialized preparation in diverse areas of education. We offer an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree with a specialization in early childhood education. We offer graduate programs leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees. 

    Graduate programs in the College 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.