Moderate and Severe Special Needs, M.Ed.

This program prepares teachers to work with students with mild to severe disabilities including intellectual disability, learning disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and multiple disabilities. Based on the program option they select, students will learn about assessment and instructional practices at the elementary or secondary schooling levels, consistent with teacher licensure options in Massachusetts and many other states.

The goal of the program is to prepare teachers to work in a variety of roles including: lead teacher, special education teachers, and learning specialist, as well as to collaborate with general education regular teachers educators, other services providers and parents.

The program leads to initial licensure. Students who have not earned general education licensure will be required to take additional courses. Students may enroll on a full or part-time basis.

The program leads to eligibility for the Massachusetts teaching licenses in mild/moderate disabilities and severe disabilities.

Additional specializations in autism or deafblindness are available.

 

At a Glance

How many courses?

Track A consists of 67 (TELL/TDLL: 70) credits, while Track B consists of 45 (TELL/TDLL: 48) credits.

Track A involves additional classes focusing on teaching, societal contexts in education, and student development.


How long will it take?

Depending on the track, full-time students can complete the program in 1.5-2.5 years, while part-time students can complete the program in 3-4.5 years.


When can I start?

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


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What will I study?

Curriculum

  • Courses: Track A: 16 | Track B: 24
  • Credits: Track A: 45 | Track B: 67
  • Comprehensive Exam

    For TELL/TDLL: Add one course (3 credits)

* - An asterisk denotes courses that are unique to Track A.

Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7418 or APSY 7419 * Applied Child Development or Applied Adolescent Development
3
EDUC 7438 * Instruction for the Special Needs of Diverse Learners
3
EDUC 7435
* Social Contexts of Education
3
EDUC 7520 * Mathematics and Technology: Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum at the Elementary School
3
EDUC 7542 * Teaching Reading
3
EDUC 7543 * Teaching Language Arts
3
EDUC 7546 * Teaching about the Natural World
3
EDUC 6346, or EDUC 6347 Teaching Bilingual Students (Elementary or Secondary)
3
EDUC 6374 Management of the Behavior of Students with Special Needs
3
EDUC 6384
Teaching Strategies for Students with Low-Incidence and Multiple Disabilities
3
EDUC 6495
Human Development and Disabilities
3
EDUC 6497 Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
3
EDUC 6540 Educational Implications for Sensory, Motor, and Health Impairments
3
EDUC 6686 Augmentative Communication for Individuals with Disabilities
3
EDUC 6593 Introduction to Speech and Language Disability
3
EDUC 6595
Assessment and Instruction of Students with Reading Difficulty
3
EDUC 6588 Teaching and Learning Strategies - Moderate Special Needs
3
EDUC 7579 Educational Assessment of Learning Problems 3
EDUC 7621
(TELL/TDLL only) Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
3
EDUC 7429 * Graduate Pre-Practicum 1
  Graduate Inquiry Seminar I & II
3
EDUC 7610
Clinical Experience
6
EDUC 8100
Master's Comprehensive Examination
0
Course Course Title Credit
EDUC 6346, or EDUC 6347 Teaching Bilingual Students (Elementary or Secondary)
3
EDUC 6374 Management of the Behavior of Students with Special Needs
3
EDUC 6384
Teaching Strategies for Students with Low-Incidence and Multiple Disabilities
3
EDUC 6495
Human Development and Disabilities
3
EDUC 6497 Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
3
EDUC 6540 Educational Implications for Sensory, Motor, and Health Impairments
3
EDUC 6686 Augmentative Communication for Individuals with Disabilities
3
EDUC 6593 Introduction to Speech and Language Disability
3
EDUC 6595
Assessment and Instruction of Students with Reading Difficulty
3
EDUC 6588 Teaching and Learning Strategies - Moderate Special Needs
3
EDUC 7579 Educational Assessment of Learning Problems 3
EDUC 7621
(TELL/TDLL only) Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
3
  Graduate Inquiry Seminar I & II
3
EDUC 7610
Clinical Experience
6
EDUC 8100
Master's Comprehensive Examination
0

How to Apply

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Deadlines

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

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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

Résumé

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 are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice. 

Transcripts

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:

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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. Please note if you are applying to Secondary Education- Math/Science the GRE is the only standardized test that will be accepted.

 

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

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.

Transcripts

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.

Exemptions

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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