Welcome to the UMass Amherst College of Education

We are a great College of Education, consistently rated in the Top 50 Graduate Colleges of Education in the country. But what sets us apart, in our own view, is the vision, dedication and excellence of our students, and the enthusiasm they exude when they talk about the college when they are in it, and when they become our alumni.

Read this page for general information about the College of Education.  Read “Stories About Our Students.” Go to our Faculty News pages to learn about the people who will inspire you in – and outside of - your classes. Then, click on “Admissions” or “Request Information Here”. 

Undergraduate Students

The College of Education offers three undergraduate programs.

The Early Childhood Education Concentration is designed to prepare individuals to work in a variety of early education settings with a focus on PreK to second grade. These students complete a primary major in Education with a secondary major in a Liberal Arts, Social Sciences or Science field.

  • Students may pursue a career in public school teaching through the Early Childhood Licensure
  • Successful completion of this concentration leads to Massachusetts initial licensure – Grades PreK-2

In the Special Education Concentration you will learn to be a catalyst for change, helping to increase educational opportunities and outcomes for children with disabilities and their families. These students complete a primary major in Education with a secondary major in a Liberal Arts, Social Sciences or Science field.

  • This concentration helps prepare individuals through an innovative evidence- based teacher training program
  • Successful completion of this concentration leads to Massachusetts initial licensure –in Special Education Moderate Disabilities Grades K-8 or 5-12

The Education Exploratory Track is for students interested in education as a career path in a variety of settings, or are thinking of pursuing a career in teaching at the Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education or Secondary Education levels or an advanced school professional career.

  • Students in the Exploratory Track benefit from working closely with their academic advisors to explore majors within their collegiate unit of interest and across campus.
  • Students will learn about careers in education, licensure requirements, and secondary majors that align with their career interests.

Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit the College of Education at W144 Furcolo Hall. Meetings with advisors are scheduled upon appointment. To schedule a tour of the College of Education please email eio@educ.umass.edu. If you have applied or are planning to apply to UMass, you can also schedule a campus tour and attend information sessions to get the full University.

Graduate Students

The College offers graduate programs leading to:

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. Our programs 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.

We hope you decide to join our UMass Amherst College of Education community.