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

Special Education - Initial License, Master of Education

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The Masters degree program in Special Education is designed to help teachers who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in the field of 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 teacher licensure as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities PK-8 or 5-12 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)

Students who have not previously taken any education courses may need to complete introductory course work that does not count towards the degree requirements

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: 36-39**

Additional Information and Notes

The successful completion of a Comprehensive Examination is required for completion of degree requirements.

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

**Many candidates come into the program having already fulfilled the competencies of a seminar in language arts and mathematics. For these candidates, they may complete the degree program with 36 credits. Please consult with the program coordinator to determine if you have met the competency to qualify for the 36 credit option. 

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