Masters of Education
The Master's of Education Program is intended for graduate level students who do not already hold a Master's Degree who wish to begin or advance a career in educational leadership in public or private elementary, middle, or secondary schools.
*Please note: Students pursuing careers in public education will also need to meet state teaching requirements if they wish to teach in public schools.
Please visit the Programs of Study page to download program requirements and additional information on the Master's Degree in Education program of study. (PDF)
All M.Ed. students take the same six core classes in educational leadership and one elective in educational research.
Non-Licensure students take an additional three elective classes for a total program of study of 30 credits.
Students seeking licensure take one required three credit course in the principalship (ED617), a six credit practicum, and a three credit seminar accompanying the practicum. The total number of credits required for students seeking licensure along with the Master's is 33 credits. At the conclusion of the program of study, all students sit for a comprehensive examination.
The Lynch School program has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) to endorse students for licensure as a Principal/Assistant Principal (PreK -6; 5- 8; or 9 - 12) upon successful completion. As part of this program, each student completes a 500-hour substantive practicum, prepares a portfolio aligned with the state leadership indicators, and sits for a comprehensive examination.
The Lynch School offers an approved program to allow students to seek state licensure as Principal/Assistant Principal.
To be licensed in this area, the student must possess Advanced Provisional License as a teacher in Massachusetts or in a state with which Massachusetts has a reciprocal agreement, and have taught for at least three years by the time they apply for licensure.
All students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass the Massachusetts Test for Education Licensure. The University will advise unlicensed private school teachers who are seeking state licensure in administration of this requirement.