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Education Specialist in Administration, Planning and Policy, Ed.S.

Prepare to become a Massachusetts School Principal with UMass Lowell's online Administration, Planning and Policy, Ed.S.

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Education Specialist in Administration, Planning and Policy Licensure Track

Massachusetts Teachers Only

The 11-course online Education Specialist Degree in Administration, Planning and Policy is designed to meet the needs of experienced practitioners who already hold an M.Ed. in a field other than Education Administration. This program is designed for Massachusetts teachers and administrators who hold a Massachusetts professional teaching license and have been teaching for at least three years. Candidates must work in a school system to complete field experiences in all courses and pass the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Teacher Educator Test.

If you are not a Massachusetts teacher, please refer to the general Ed.S. in Administration, Planning and Policy.

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Curriculum Outline

- Total courses required: 11

Students are admitted into a Summer, Fall or Spring cohort and courses are taken in a specific sequence. Sequences will be provided upon admission. To build a systematic knowledge base, Group A courses should be taken before Group B courses.

Course Descriptions

EDUC.5922 Principalship: Practicum I (3cr)

The first of two practicum experiences in which students assume a broad range of the responsibilities of a principal in order to demonstrate proficiency in meeting the Massachusetts Professional Standards and Indicators for Administrative Leadership. To enroll in the course, students must be employed in a Massachusetts Public School and have identified an administrator (principal or assistant principal) in the school who holds the appropriate Massachusetts Principal License and is willing to act as a mentor. Students must participate in the online course which accompanies the practicum, complete a practicum log, and meet periodically with the program supervisor to discuss their progress. "Variable credit course, student chooses appropriate amount of credits when registering."

Requirements:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5932 Principalship: Practicum II (3cr)

In order to enroll in Practicum 2, the student must have made satisfactory progress toward meeting the Massachusetts Professional Standards and indicators for Administrative Leadership in Practicum 1 and have logged sufficient hours as established by the program supervisor. In addition to the work required in the accompanying online course, students must complete the responsibilities identified with the mentor and program supervisor. The student's work in Practicum 1 and 2 must meet the total of 500 hours of leadership activities required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Requirements:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6130 Leading the Professional Learning Community (3cr)

it is well documented that teachers who habitually examine their shared work based on inquiry, observation, analysis of data, dialogue, and experimentation tend to be more effective than those who are not reflective and work in isolation. How do we help all teachers become highly effective: How do we spread reflective practice from isolated pockets to all teachers in a school? The answer lies in the transformation of a school's professional staff from isolated practitioners into a professional learning community. A professional learning community is a work culture in which educators regularly learn with and from each other through collaborative inquiry. This course provides the practical know-how and deep understanding need for educators to introduce and lead collaborative inquiry within their school or district and transform the teaching staff into a professional learning community. Furthermore, this course introduces the idea of collaborative inquiry by transforming participants into a professional learning community during the course. Thus, participants focus collaborative inquiry on their shared practice, read and reflect on selected authors, and develop action plans to help them introduce or advance collaborative inquiry in their own work settings.

Requirements:

M.Ed and Ed.S matriculated onl

EDUC.6220 Managing Resources and Finances (3cr)

This course will provide students with an understanding of the financial principles and budget management in the operation of our public schools. We will analyze economic and demographic data, review local/state and federal education budgets,examine the legal principles of school finance,review local, state and federal laws and policies on public education and evaluate case studies in the operation of public schools. Students will prepare budget documents, develop financial forecasts and prepare policy briefs on various topics related to school finance.

Requirements:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6230 School Policy and Law (3cr)

This course will provide students with an understanding of the law and legal basis for making decisions in our public schools. We will analyze court decisions, state and federal constitutional provisions and laws and public policies and regulations as they pertain to the operation of the public schools in the United States. With a solid understanding of the legal framework of governance at the federal, state and local level and the decisions derived though court cases, educators will be better equipped to respond to the numerous challenges and decisions they face throughout the school year.

Requirements:

M.Ed and Ed.S matriculated onl

EDUC.6320 The Inclusive School (3cr)

School leaders must create environments that are welcoming to all students and their families and that capitalize on the strengths students bring to the learning environment as well as address the needs of students. As the population of students in our schools has continued to become more diverse, building an inclusive environment in which all are valued and in which all student can succeed has become increasingly complex. Participants in this course will explore their values and beliefs as well as the dominant culture and prevailing belief systems present in the majority of today's public schools. Participants will learn about ways in which many students, their families, and their communities may differ from this dominant culture, and the possible effects of this mismatch. Through readings and interactive discussions, participants will examine ways to build a school culture that is inclusive for all students and their families. Participants will develop detailed plans of action to actively and meaningfully involve parents and community members in all aspects of the school.

Requirements:

M.Ed and Ed.S matriculated onl

EDUC.6421 Principles of Supervision (3cr)

This course is designed to help current and aspiring supervisors explore the skills,knowledge and personal attributes central to instructional leadership and supervision. A paradigm shift away from an historical/traditional view of supervision towards a more collegial model is emphasized. Students will complete field work including two observations of a colleague and pre and post-lesson conferences.

Requirements:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6423 Program Evaluation (3cr)

Evaluation tasks will be identified and the policy issues attendant to evaluation will be examined. Students will identify and discuss several models of program evaluation, understand what needs to be considered and addressed in needs assessment, and learn to identify an appropriate design for a new evaluation. Students will be expected to conduct program evaluation, present their ideas and illustrate how evaluation results can be useful for program decision making.

Requirements:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6431 Principalship PK - 12 (3cr)

This course is designed to help aspiring principals explore the skills,knowledge and personal attributes central to effective leadership. The course aims to acquaint students with research, theories,and frameworks from the knowledge base on school leadership; explore the issues,daily experiences, and decisions of the principal within the action context of the school; assist students to think critically and systematically about leadership; help students become more conscious of their own values,assumptions and purposes as school leaders; further develop leadership skills,insight,and vision for schooling; assist students to think of themselves as educators for transformation.

Requirements:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6560 Ed.S Seminar (3cr)

Candidates undertake an in-depth study of issues pertinent to PK-12 education and develop a product to address these issues. Candidates must complete 24 credits prior to registering for the Ed.S Seminar.

Requirements:

Ed.S. Matriculated only

EDUC.6580 Role of the Curriculum and Instructional Leader (3cr)

This course provides prospective leaders with the theoretical and empirical bases for understanding the instructional core and how to create the conditions needed for high quality teaching and learning to occur in their schools. Course participants will explore how to (i) establish a vision that promotes high standards for learning and is shared by all stakeholders; (ii) promote a positive school culture that is anchored in professional behavior and trusting relationships; (iii) promote effective instructional programs and the application of best practices to student learning; (iv) make decisions grounded in reliable data integrity, fairness, and ethical conduct.

Requirements:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

Program Requirements

To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell specialist degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.

General Requirements:

  • Students must complete the program of study designed by the Department in which they are enrolled and approved by the University.
  • Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned. See Academic Standing.
  • All financial obligations, including tuition, fees and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
  • Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.

Graduate Program Policies

In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.

Summer 2024 Tuition

Cost Per Credit Cost Per 3-Credit Course*

Graduate

Online Education1 $470 $1,410
*Tuition is priced on the listed credit hour unless the contact hour is different. Tuition is then based upon the listed contact hour.
1Applies to EDUC courses excluding 7000-level courses.

Additional Costs

Cost
Term Registration Fee $30
Returned Check Fee $30
Graduate Degree and Certificate Application $50

Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Applying into a Graduate Degree Program

You can apply anytime. There are no deadlines. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

All applicants must submit:
    • An application
    • An application fee ($50)
    • A statement of purpose
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Proof of professional teaching status
    • Offcial test scores
        • GRE not required
        • If English is NOT the national language in your home country, please submit one of the following English proficiency tests:
            • TOEFL: minimum acceptable score is 79
            • IELTS: minimum acceptable score is 6.5
            • Duolingo: minimum acceptable score is 115
            • ASC English: minimum acceptable level is 6
            • Pearson Test of English: minimum acceptable score is 53

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree with a minimum 3.000 GPA from an accredited institution
  • You must hold a master's degree in education from an accredited college or university or a degree in a closely related field of study, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.000 for admission to this program
  • You should have at least three years of full-time experience in a K-12 school or a related setting
  • You must provide proof of professional teaching status

Additional Information

F1 student visas are not issued for this program.

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