Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Reading and Language with Teacher of Reading Licensure


Earn your Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Reading and Language with Teacher of Reading Licensure from the UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education and open a world of new opportunities for your career.

This thirty (30) credit program is designed to meet the needs of experienced practitioners who already hold a M.Ed. in a field other than reading and language.

The program is open only to teachers who work in Massachusetts schools and who hold either an initial or professional Massachusetts teaching license in Elementary Education, Middle/Secondary English, English Language Learners, Moderate Disabilities or Early Childhood Education.

Program Highlights:

  • Convenient and Flexible
  • With Teacher Licensure
  • Tradition of Leadership in Education

Learn more about this program:

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Sample a Course

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New students register for courses using UMass Lowell’s New Student Registration Form. Follow the instructions for registering included on the form. Existing students register for their courses online by logging into the secure Intercampus Student Information System (ISIS).

Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $475
Registration Fee per semester $30
Returned Check Fee per semester* $30
Total for course** $1455 (475x3 credits = 1425 + 30 registration fee per semester)

*Applicable when checks returned unpaid.

**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course.

For additional registration information, visit UMass Lowell’s Continuing Studies Website at https://continuinged.uml.edu/general/registration.htm. Registration is administered through UMass Lowell’s Registrar’s Office. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 978.934.2550.




Admission to a degree program at the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study level requires that an applicant hold a master's degree in education from an accredited college or university or a master’s degree in a closely related field of study, with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0. Additionally, applicants should have at least three years of full-time experience in a K-12 school or a related setting. Full admission requirements can be found at  https://www.uml.edu/grad but include:

The candidate is required to submit:

  • An online application
  • Application fee
  • A 2-3 page statement of purpose explaining the candidate’s teaching experience, teaching philosophy and reason for seeking to enroll in a program that focuses on diverse populations.
  • All official transcripts
  • TOEFL scores if appropriate
  • Three letters of recommendation – one of which should be from a senior administrator in the applicant’s place of work.
  • GRE scores (general test)
Financial Aid: 

Financial aid maybe available to matriculated students enrolled in 6 or more credits per semester. You may contact the Financial Assistance Office at 978-934-4220 for more information.

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