Students in the Dual Program in Secondary Education and Moderate Special Needs can pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.), if they possess a strong background in their content area. Prerequisite for the program is a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts major in the field of desired licensure or an equivalent degree. Those applicants with less content knowledge in the particular field should consult a faculty member in that field. Students in this dual program will also complete coursework to teach students with mild and moderate disabilities, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disability, emotional and behavioral disorders, and mild developmental disabilities.
In addition to required courses in the field of education, secondary education master's degrees require courses taken at the graduate level in the arts and sciences department of specialization. M.Ed. students take a minimum of two graduate courses in A&S, and M.A.T./M.S.T. students take five graduate courses in their content area. Students also complete coursework in Moderate Special Needs.
These degree programs lead to eligibility for (grades 8-12) initial licensure in one of the following disciplines: English, history, biology, chemistry, geology (Earth Science), physics, classics, Spanish, French and mathematics and initial licensure in Mild/Moderate Disabilities.
The goal of the program is to prepare teachers to work as either a secondary general educator or as a special educator or learning specialist who is able to collaborate with other educators and service providers, and parents.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students by providing high-quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, analyzing student performance and growth data, using this data to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an on-going basis, and continuously refining learning objectives.
The teacher candidate will plan individually-appropriate curricula through the IEP as well as in inclusive classroom settings.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrate cultural proficiency.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.
The teacher candidate will promote an inquiry stance of critical reflection about personal practice through individual and collaborative inquiry in service of improving pupil academic, emotional, and social learning.
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The Lynch School of Education provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:
This program consists of 21 (TELL/TDLL: 22) courses and practicum, for a total of 58 (TELL/TDLL: 61) credits.
Full time students will typically complete the program in 2 years. Part time students will take 4 or more years to complete the program.
Students can begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters.
|APSY 7419||Applied Adolescent Development||3|
||Instruction for the Special Needs of Diverse Learners
|EDUC 7435||Social Contexts of Education
|EDUC 7520||Mathematics and Technology: Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
|EDUC 7529||Social Studies and the Arts: Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
|EDUC 7542||Teaching Reading
|EDUC 7543||Teaching Language Arts
|EDUC 7546||Teaching About the Natural World||3|
|EDUC 6540||Educational Implications / Sensory, Motor, and Health||3|
|EDUC 6686||Augmentative Communication for Individuals
|EDUC 6374||Management of the Behavior of Students with Special Needs
|EDUC 6384||Teaching Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities||3|
||Assessment of Students with Low-Incidence and Multiple Disabilities||3|
|EDUC 6497||Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
|EDUC 6495||Human Development and Disabilty
|EDUC 6346||Teaching Bilingual Students
|EDUC 7621||(TELL/TDLL only) Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
|Graduate Inquiry Seminar I & II, and Pre-Practicum
|EDUC 7610||Clinical Experience
|EDUC 8100||Master's Comprehensive Examination
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Prerequisite for the program is a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts major in the field of desired licensure or an equivalent degree.
A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.
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In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.
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In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.
Two letters of recommendation from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.
Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.
Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:
Boston College, Lynch School of Education
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P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802
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Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
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140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
An unofficial score report may be uploaded to your online Application Form; however, an official score report – sent directly from ETS – must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation.
This program requires all applicants to have taken the GRE in a maximum of 5 years prior to application being submitted, regardless of previous academic coursework, previous degrees/credentials earned, and/or professional experience. No exceptions will be made.
The MAT may also be substituted for the GRE.
For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit https://www.ets.org/gre. Lynch School of Education GRE Code: 3218
An international applicant is defined as any person that requires a student visa in order to study in the United States. International applicants are eligible to apply to any graduate program in The Lynch School, provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor degree and have the appropriate diplomas and/or satisfactory results on transcripts or leaving examinations from the country in which the degree was earned. International applicants must complete all program-specific application requirements as well as additional requirements outlined below.
Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Click HERE for a complete list of NACES-approved evaluators. Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.
All applicants whose primary language is not English (or for whom English is not one of their primary languages) are required to submit proof of satisfactory English proficiency. At this time, the only acceptable forms of proof for English proficiency are the TOEFL and IELTS exams (certificates of completion from English-language schools are not currently accepted). Below are the minimum scores required.
TOEFL iBT = 100 minimum
IELTS – 7.0 minimum
An official score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (TOEFL). TOEFL School Code: 3240.
Applicants that meet either of the criteria below do not need to submit proof of English proficiency.
Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution within the United States
Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree at an institution outside of the United States where the language of instruction was English
The Lynch School offers Conditional Acceptance to applicants that fulfill all academic requirements for admission to and are accepted to the program, but whose level of English proficiency does not meet the minimum requirements. In these cases, admitted students will be granted conditional admission, but will have to retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit an official score report that shows the minimum score has been met no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student’s program will begin. If a student with conditional admission does not submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS score within the allotted time frame, he/she will be granted a deferral to start in a future semester, no later than one year from the original start term. Due to this policy, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible in order to ensure that these conditions can be met.