UMass Amherst students study on campus.


Visit the UMass Amherst admissions page
to begin the process of applying as a first year or transfer student.


The College of Education’s undergraduate majors are in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Community Education & Social Change.

Apply to Early Childhood Education and Special Education Programs

The application for Early Childhood Education and Special Education is now closed. The application deadline is January 15, 2022.  

Typically, students apply to major in Early Childhood Education and Special Education in the fall of sophomore year.

For students interested in Community Education & Social Change, please email Alexandra Lackard: This is an open major and students may declare it at any time. There are no prerequisites.

Elementary Education  4 + 1 

The Elementary Education's 4+1 application is now closed.  The application deadline is January 15, 2022.  For questions about the Elementary Education 4+1 program, please email Alexandra Lackard: 

Secondary Teacher Education

Fall Admission: Priority Deadline – January 15th

The Secondary Teacher Education program has an undergraduate application priority deadline of January 15, 2020. Admissions into Secondary Education is competitive and selective. For undergraduate students interested in pursuing the Secondary Teacher Education program, you will need to major in the content area that you would like to teach (i.e. English, history, math, science, foreign languages). Please meet with the subject matter faculty to ensure that you are completing the correct courses in your major. For questions about the Secondary Teacher Education program or how to find your subject area advisor, contact Alexandra Lackard, Academic Advisor, Applications will be reviewed once all the materials are submitted and decisions will be made on a monthly basis. Applicants will be notified of the decision within the following month. 

Exploratory Track

In the education exploratory track, you will be able to explore the field of education as a career path and learn about the education majors. Students will be supported with advising as you explore all the options that the College and University offers.

If you're looking for advising or have any additional questions, please visit the Education Advising Center.


Visit the UMass Amherst Graduate School site 
to begin the process of applying to a graduate program.

Master’s, Education Specialist, and Doctoral Programs

All applicants to the College of Education master’s, education specialist, and doctoral programs apply through the Graduate School’s admissions website. You will need create an account in SPIRE, the UMass Amherst student information system. Once you have a SPIRE account, you can begin uploading required documents such as transcripts, your personal statement, and recommendations into the system. Check individual program pages for requirements: most programs do not require the GREs, some programs have additional requirements such as MTEL. You will be able to track the status of your application through SPIRE.


Please be advised that you can only apply to one concentration during an admission period.

Fall Admission: January 2

Higher Education Priority Deadline: December 1. We will continue to review applications until the final College of Education application deadline (January 2).

Fall Admission: Priority Deadline - January 15

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) Priority Deadline - January 15, applications accepted until the program is full. 

Spring Admission: October 1


Application to graduate certificate programs are handled by the programs themselves. Most have rolling admissions. 

Higher Education Leadership

Early Grade Reading in Developing Countries

Social Justice Education
(only available to matriculated graduate students in programs at UMass Amherst)