Secondary and Severe Special Needs, M.Ed.

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.

Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

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:


At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 21 (TELL/TDLL: 22) courses and practicum, for a total of 58 (TELL/TDLL: 61) credits.

How long will it take?

Full time students will typically complete the program in 2 years. Part time students will take 4 or more years to complete the program.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters. 

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What will I study?


  • Courses: 21 (TELL/TDLL: 22)
  • Credits: 58 (TELL/TDLL: 61)
  • Comprehensive Exam
Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7419  Applied Adolescent Development   3
EDUC 7438
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
EDUC 6389
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

How to Apply


To begin your online application, click the box below. 


Early Desicion
November 1
Regular Desicion
January 4
Late Desicion
March 1

Online Application

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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.

Fee Waiver Form


To be uploaded to your online Application Form

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.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

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.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form

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

Data Processing Center

P.O. Box 8027

Portsmouth, NH 03802

For FedEx or UPS shipments, please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education

Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services

Campion Hall 135

140 Commonwealth Avenue

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

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 Lynch School of Education GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

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.

English Proficiency

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

Conditional Acceptance

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.

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