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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Master of Education in Reading & Language

The Master's of Education (M.Ed. 30 credits) and Education Specialist (Ed.S. 30 credits) degrees programs are approved for reading licensure for those candidates who work and are licensed in Massachusetts.

The program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education for licensure as a Reading Specialist. For Massachusetts teachers, the degrees culminate in a two-semester practicum and lead to reading licensure.

As the degrees are online, out-of-state students benefit from the coursework, but cannot be endorsed by UMass Lowell for licensure in any state including Massachusetts. For Massachusetts teachers, the degrees culminate in a two-semester practicum and lead to reading licensure.

We do not offer licensure programs for candidates who work in other states and these degrees culminate in either the Ed.S. seminar or the M.Ed. capstone and not in a practicum.

Campus Information


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

Successful applicants must submit proof of a valid teaching license in one of the following four areas: 

  • Elementary Education
  • Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Education
  • In addition, candidates must have at least one year of classroom teaching experience and be currently teaching in the area of their initial license.

Applicants must submit:

  • Application cover sheet
  • Application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation (including at least one  from an administrator)
  • A personal statement of purpose
  • Resume including an indication of place and scope of current employment
  • All official transcripts. Applicants are expected to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate work.
  • Proof of teaching license in the appropriate field

Statement of Purpose

In a separate document, submit a brief statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. Two pages recommended maximum.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide (names and email addresses) referees during the application process and an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. 

Official Transcripts

Provide a complete and official transcript from the institution that awarded or will award you a bachelor’s degree. You may also include transcripts from other institutions at which you have taken relevant coursework. Please note that waiting for additional transcripts may delay review of your application.