Master's Degrees offered by UMass Amherst College of Education

Students discussing a project during the 2017 graduate orientation

The College of Education offers Master of Education degrees through concentrations which exemplify best practices in the preparation of educational practitioners. Because of the College of Education's strong commitment to scholarship and research, these practitioner preparation concentrations have a special character which is reflected in their solid grounding in current educational theory and research, in their consistency with national standards for exemplary practitioner preparation, and in their commitment to innovation and experimentation. The College is committed to preparing practitioners who will be leaders in educational improvement and reform. 

Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration (EPRA)

PK-12 Educational Leadership (non-licensure) Preparing transformative PK-12 school leaders though a combination of rigorous academic coursework and a practice-based capstone experience.
Assessment and Policy Studies in Education

Providing graduate level training for students interested in specialized training in educational measurement and research methodology, and using these skills in working with educational policy.

Higher Education (online) Designed with the busy professional in mind, our online students already work in higher education or an adjacent field and typically have several years of experience.
Higher Education Preparing professionals for leadership roles in colleges and universities, with special emphasis on student affairs and social justice.
Dual Degree Master of Public Policy & Administration and Master of Education in Higher Education.
International Education Preparing professionals for leadership roles in formal education, nonformal education, and educational systems development in Third World settings.

Department of Student Development (SD)

School Counselor Education Preparing professionals for leadership roles in school counseling, focusing on promoting the academic learning and socio-emotional development of all children.
Social Justice Education Preparing of professionals for leadership roles in social justice education in informal and formal education settings.

Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS)

Bilingual, English as a Second Language, and Multicultural Education Preparing professionals for leadership roles in K-12 second language acquisition and multicultural education.
Child Study and Early Education 

Preparing professionals for leadership roles in early childhood education (birth through 5 years)

Elementary Teacher Education

Preparing of professionals for leadership roles in elementary education as teachers, curriculum specialists, and team leaders.

Learning, Media and Technology Preparing of professionals for leadership in the effective use of technology and media in informal and formal educational contexts.
Reading and Writing

The preparation of professional teachers for leadership roles in literacy education and the teaching of reading.

Secondary Teacher Education

Preparing professional teachers for leadership roles in secondary teacher education subject matter areas.

Science Education Online For elementary and middle school classroom teachers who wish to increase their science content knowledge, teaching skills.

Prospective master's students who are interested in an intensive, field-based, immersion program of study leading to licensure in early childhood/elementary or secondary education should apply to study in either the TEACH Collaborative Teach Education Pathway (CTEP), TEACH Bridges to the Future - Secondary Teacher Education Pathway or the TEACH - 180 Days in Springfield - Secondary Teacher Education Pathway. These pathways offer teaching experience in public schools and emphasize immersion in teaching and mentoring by Master teachers.

The M.Ed. degree program is designed to further the professional development of elementary and secondary school teachers and other school-based practitioners in the various fields of education, and to train educational specialists in a variety of the College's areas of concentration. Within the framework of the requirements and with the guidance of a faculty adviser, M.Ed. candidates must complete a minimum of 33 graduate credits. Eighteen of these must be graded, 12 must be at or above the 600 level, and a minimum of 21 must be taken in the College of Education. Students admitted to the School Counselor Education and School Psychology concentrations are an exception to the 33-credit requirement; they must complete a 48-credit program of study.