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.

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?

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. 


Highlighted Faculty

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

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Deadlines

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

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Résumé

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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.

Personal Statement

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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.

Letters of Recommendation

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

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If you are a current student or alum of Boston College, submitting GRE or SAT test scores are optional and not required. The Lynch School requires GRE test scores for all other applicants; our GRE code is 3218.

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