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2015-2016 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2015-2016 School of Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education - Initial License

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This program is designed for individuals seeking an initial license in teacher of students with moderate disabilities PK-8 or 5-12 and/or training in special education. It also serves those with bachelor’s or advanced degrees who want to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of special education in the school systems. Parents, administrators and community service workers have benefited from this program. This program qualifies students to apply for initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


A bachelor’s degree with grades of merit from an accredited college or university, with an arts and sciences major, or a major appropriate to the teaching license sought (e.g., physical education, computer sciences, or technology)

A sample of academic writing. Please review our academic writing sample guidelines. Attach your academic writing sample to the end of your personal statement in the online application.

An interview with a member of the admissions committee. You will be contacted to schedule your interview after your application is complete.

A passing score on the Communication and Literacy skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 18-36

Depending on prior graduate coursework in special education and in consultation with the program coordinator, students may take 18-36 credits in the Special Education-Initial License only program. The program coordinator will document content standards through a careful review of official transcripts and course syllabi.

Additional Information and Notes

*Candidates for initial licensure must take and pass all required sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure prior to entering the practicum.

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