Elementary and Severe Special Needs, M.Ed.

This program prepares candidates to teach students in the elementary grades and students across grade levels who have severe and multiple disabilities, including autism.

The program stresses a humanistic approach to teaching that is both developmentally appropriate and intellectually challenging. It prepares the teacher to work with a diverse range of children by providing the teacher with knowledge about instructional practices, along with perspectives on children, schools, and society.

Prerequisite for the program is a bachelor's degree with an arts and sciences, interdisciplinary major, or the equivalent. No prior teaching licensure is required for admission.

The Programs of Study for the program includes foundation and professional courses, and practicum experiences. The program reflects current research and practices in teaching and learning.

Courses of study are carefully planned with the faculty advisor to ensure that both degree requirements and licensure requirements are fulfilled.

Students may enroll full or part-time.

This dual program leads to eligibility for initial teaching licenses in elementary education and in severe disabilities.

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 58 (TELL/TDLL 61) credits.


How long will it take?

Full time students will typically complete the program in two years, while part time students will complete the program in four 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: 20 (TELL/TDLL: 21)
  • Credits: 58 (TELL/TDLL: 61)
  • Comprehensive Exam
Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7418
Applied Child Development   3
EDUC 7438 Instruction for the Special Needs of Diverse Learners
3
EDUC 7435 Social Contexts of Education
3
EDUC 6495 Mathematics and Technology: Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum in the Elementary School
3
EDUC 7542 Teaching Reading 3
EDUC 7543 Teaching Language Arts
3
EDUC 7546 Teaching About the Natural World
3
EDUC 6540 Educational Implications / Sensory, Motor, and Health 3
EDUC 6686 Augmentative Communication for Individuals
3
EDUC 6374
Management of the Behavior with Students with Special Needs
3
EDUC 6384 Teaching Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities
3
EDUC 6389 Assessment of Students with Low-Incideince and Multiple Disabilities
3
EDUC 6497 Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
3
EDUC 6495 Human Development and Disability
3
EDUC 6346 Teaching Bilingual Students
3
EDUC 7621 (TELL/TDLL only) Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
3
  Graduate Inquiry Seminar I, Pre-Practicum, II
4
EDUC 7610 Clinical Experience - Elementary/Moderate
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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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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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

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Standardized Tests

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.

Writing Sample

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International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education. Learn about requirements for international students.

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