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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Bachelor of Arts in Education

The BA in Ed. requires 120 credits of course work and practicum experiences. The degree requires that students complete the course work for both licenses. Throughout the degree, students will have numerous opportunities to apply their learning in local schools. Many courses are field based and students must expect to be traveling to schools on a regular basis.

Campus Information

Lowell

UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

International students who apply to this degree must have excellent TOEFL scores as they will be in classrooms from their first year. Their oral and written communication skills must be exemplary. For freshmen applicants, the University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version of the test, 213 on the computer-based version and 79-80 on the internet-based version. However, international students must recognize that while the program leads to a teaching credential in Massachusetts, this will not be transferable to their home country and does not provide a work permit for becoming a teacher in Massachusetts. 

 

Background Checks

Because this is a professional degree and teacher candidates will be working in local schools, they will be required to submit information for background checks (CORI – Criminal Offender Record Investigation). School districts may refuse to allow a student to complete field and clinical experiences if certain offences are revealed. These circumstances may result in students being unable to complete a teacher preparation program. In compliance with Massachusetts law, schools will also require that teacher candidates be fingerprinted prior to their student teaching practicum; some districts require fingerprinting for any fieldwork conducted in their schools.

Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL)

In order to demonstrate their learning and be eligible for teaching licenses in Massachusetts, students will be required to pass the appropriate MTELs (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure). All MTEL examinations must be passed prior to the practicum.

  • 01 Communications and Literacy (composed of Reading and Writing sub-tests)
  • 03 General Curriculum (composed of Multi-Subject and Math sub-Tests)
  • 90 Foundations of Reading

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Bachelors/UG Degree
  • Duration: 04 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 134496 USD
    Annual Cost of Living: 12000 USD
    Application Fee: 60 USD
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