The University of Massachusetts Lowell is pleased to offer its Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction entirely online. Offered through the University's Graduate School of Education, the program is designed for experienced teachers interested in broadening their professional knowledge and expanding the contributions they make to education.

This is a ten-course, thirty-credit degree program culminating in a capstone project. All courses are taught online. Candidates should hold a teaching license in their state. In-state candidates must hold a Massachusetts initial license. All candidates should be working as a classroom teacher or have permission to work with a classroom teacher.

Note: This is a non-licensure program.

Science Education Option:

Candidates wishing to have the Science Education Option on their transcripts must include 6 courses (18 credits) of science education and/or science content course work in their program

Autism Studies Option:

UMass Lowell is pleased to announce that it is offering a new option for the Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction: The Autism Studies Option.

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Program Outline

Total courses required: 10

Core Courses ( 4 courses; 12 credits)
01.630 Educating Diverse Populations
04.635 Dynamics of Curricular Change - Available Fall 2013! 04.637 History & Theory of Curriculum
04.638 Curriculum Design K-12 - Available Fall 2013!

Specialization (5 courses; 15 credits)
03.651 Technology and Learning Environment - Available Fall 2013! 04.644 Models of Teaching
04.624 Assessment In Science
04.643 The Skillful Teacher - Available Fall 2013! One other instruction-related course with permission of program advisor.

*Candidates wishing to pursue the Science Education option should select at least 6 courses from those marked with an asterisk.

Note: Science content courses from UMass Amherst may be transferred into the degree with permission of advisor

Capstone Project - 3 credits
04.650 Action Research Capstone - Available Fall 2013!This course is taken as the culminating course in the program and is offered only in Fall and Spring terms.

Course Descriptions

01.630 Educating Diverse Populations

Diversity Issues for School Leaders is designed to prepare experienced educators to provide effective leadership in a diverse community. Drawing from the Graduate School of Education's conceptual framework of Education for Transformation, students will be expected to: examine their own cultural heritage and experiences; gain increased understanding of equity issues concerning race, language, gender, sexual orientation, and special education needs; develop new insights for culturally responsive pedagogy; assess alternative strategies for facing illustrative conflicts in culturally diverse school settings; and consider how to ameliorate the pervasive impact of poverty on children in today's schools. 3 credits.

03.651 Technology and Learning Environment

This Institute introduces 21st Century web-based technology that is used in educational settings, evaluates the validity of these applications and explores the concept of new literacies. Students will research, discuss, analyze and examine these technologies along with the practices that have sprouted up around and because of them. We will also interrogate the way that these technologies and their requisite literacies have changed, are changing and will change the nature of institutional instruction. In addition, we will investigate the policy ramifications that arise from the existence of these technologies and the literacies that they require. In short, we are going to study NT&L (new technologies and literacies) by using them, reading about them, writing about them and then synthesizing our new knowledge of them into a web 2.0 multimedia research project. This is a blended course, taught on campus and online. It is suitable for students at the Masters, CAGS, or Doctoral level. 3 credits.

04.624 Assessment In Science

Students examines various approaches to the formative and summative assessment of learning. This course examines the importance of assessment in planning curricula and individual lessons. 3 credits.

04.635 Dynamics of Curricular Change

This course considers alternative perspectives of curriculum and explores issues and strategies involved in the process of changing the curricular visions and practices of schools. 3 credits.

04.637 History & Theory of Curriculum

This course examines the historical development of American curriculum from the colonial period to the present, with a focus on theories that shaped what was taught in schools, and how those theories reflected social, cultural and political values and conflicts. Particular attention will be paid to curriculum theories that have shaped contemporary curriculum, and to examination of programs that reflect those theories. 3 credits.

04.638 Curriculum Design K-12

A review of state mandates which, by law, shape the curriculum of the school. Examination of new curricula and their sources, as well as the development of a rationale for curriculum design and an evaluation of the personnel and techniques by which these curricula can be developed. 3 credits.

04.643 The Skillful Teacher

This course is designed to help teachers and educational leaders view teaching from a reflective stance. Video material of teaching situations will be examined for the application of skills discussed in the course. 3 credits.

04.644 Models of Teaching

Examination of mastery of alternative models of teaching: identification and evaluation of teaching tactics and strategies. 3 credits.

04.650 Action Research Capstone

Students will have the opportunity to develop a teacher work sample consisting of work in six major areas: (1) contextual factors, (2) learning goals, (3) assessment plan, (4) design for instruction, (5) analysis of student learning, and (6) reflection. 3 credits.

Please note: Graduate students will be assessed a "First Year Student Services Fee" upon matriculation into a graduate degree or certificate program

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

University requirements

Program requirements

There are specific requirements for admission to the (non-licensure) M.Ed. and the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction listed below. Once the completed admission cover sheet and fee are submitted, the other required materials may be sent to Graduate Admissions individually and will be accumulated in the candidate's admission file until it is complete. Graduate School of Education Faculty do not review the file until it is complete; review takes about two to three weeks if materials are received during the regular semester. Cover sheet (specify program and program Option) which is completed electronically on the Graduate Admission website or this form may be submitted in hard copy.Admission FeeAdmission statement (a.k.a. statement of purpose) in which the candidate clearly communicates a commitment to the teaching profession, demonstrates a record of strong instructional practice and a strong rationale for entering a Curriculum and Instruction program (specify option).Resume including indication of place and scope of current employment.Minimum of three years PK-12 teaching experience PRIOR to admission.Proof of Initial or Professional Teaching License.Three Letters of Reference including one (preferably) from the candidate's current principal or superintendent.Official Transcripts (a master's degree is required for admission to the Ed.S.)Undergraduate and/or graduate GPA of 3.0 or better. Technical RequirementsStudents must provide the following:PC Users: Windows XP or higher, Internet access, email address, Internet Explorer 8 or most recent version of Firefox.Macintosh Users: OS 10.6 or higher, Internet access, email address, most recent version of Safari or FireFox.Internet Connection: DSL or CableMost recent version of Java must be enabled and installed. It can be downloaded from Blockers: Pop-ups must be allowed in order to use certain features of the course, such as chat, announcements and attaching files.Some courses have additional software requirements and may require CD and/or DVD computer drives to run software. Please check our current course listing page to find out the software needed for specific course(s). Also check the tutorials and software pages for the software tutorials, updates and download locations.Prior to attending an online course, students should learn how to log onto their Internet Service, use their web browser, send and receive email, and send and receive file attachments.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. Financial aid consists of grants, scholarships, loans, student employment, waivers, reimbursement programs, and other financial arrangements. Students must be matriculated in an eligible degree or certificate program and be enrolled in courses required for that program.


UMass Lowell's Graduate School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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