The College of Education’s undergraduate majors are in early childhood education and special education. Undergraduates can also major in another school or college on campus and prepare to receive their initial teacher's license by working with the College of Education.
If you express an interest in education on your application, you will be placed in an undergraduate exploratory track in the College of Education. In the exploratory track, you’re encouraged to declare a major in a school or college elsewhere on campus that is in a topic related to education (e.g. psychology) or in a subject that you are interested in teaching (e.g. history). You’ll take education prerequisites while pursuing this major and will apply to the College of Education in your sophomore year.
Undergraduates with an interest in education typically apply to College of Education undergraduate programs in the second semester of their sophomore year after meeting requirements and taking the appropriates prerequisite courses. If you are an undergraduate education major and/or a candidates for an educator license, you’ll need a second major related to the subject you want to teach, or in a subject related to education, such as psychology or communications.
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
Exception: the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) deadline is February 1
Higher Education Priority Deadline: December 1. We will continue to review applications until the final College of Education application deadline (January 2).
Spring Admission: October 1
Application to graduate certificate programs are handled by the programs themselves. Most have rolling admissions.
Social Justice Education
(only available to matriculated graduate students in programs at UMass Amherst )