Master of Education (M.Ed./C.A.E.S.) in Special Education for Extensive Support Needs

Master of Education (M.Ed./C.A.E.S.) in Special Education for Extensive Support Needs

We prepare teachers to work with students who have moderate to severe intellectual disability, autism, and additional disabilities (such as visual impairment, deafness, cerebral palsy, and medical conditions). Additional specializations in deafblindness or autism are available.

 

The Extensive Support Needs Program is founded on close linkages between current research and best practices in teaching. The program leads to eligibility for the Massachusetts teaching license in Extensive Disabilities.

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At a Glance

How many courses?
 
  • Students already licensed: 10 courses (30 credits)
  • Students not licensed: 15 courses (46 credits)
How long will it take?
 
  • Full-time students: typically 1 year, including summer courses
  • Part-time students: typically 2 years
When can I start?


You can begin the program during the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Curriculum

Choose between a 46-credit or 30-credit program of study. The 46-credit hour program is for those who do not have a teaching license. The 30-credit program for those who already have a teaching license (in any area).

Requirements


  • Courses: 10 or 16
  • Credits: 30 or 46
  • Comprehensive Exam

46-Credit Master's

30-Credit Master's

Student Teaching

Professional experiences comprise early field experiences, referred to as pre-practicum placements, and an immersive, semester-long full practicum experience.

Pre-practicum

Graduate students complete a pre-practicum experience, which consists of one school day per week for 10 weeks. 

Full Practicum

Full-practicum experience is five days each week in the classroom for the entire semester. 


Support


You are guided by a qualified school-based mentor and a university-based mentor

Licensure


Designed to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) requirements for endorsement from Boston College, leading to licensure.

Variety of Settings


Experience a range of urban and suburban public, private, parochial, and charter schools in Greater Boston

Faculty

Financial Aid

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

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 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. 

Careers

Roles

  • Assistant Principal of Academics
  • Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Sixth Grade Teacher
  • High School History Teacher
  • Director of Exhibits
  • Court Procedures Attorney
  • First Grade Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Mathematics Instructor
  • School Principal & ELL Coordinator

Organizations

  • St. John's Preparatory School
  • Littleton Public Schools
  • Papillion La Vista School District
  • Concord-Carlisle Regional School District
  • Museum of Science
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Needham Public Schools
  • Steppingstone Foundation
  • North Attleborough Public Schools

Accreditation

We are an approved teacher preparation program by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

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No prior teaching license is required for admission.

Application & Deadlines

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.

Deadlines

Fall

  • Regular Decision — 1/6
  • Rolling Admission — Until 7/15
  • Intl. Applicants — Until 7/1

  • Spring
  • Regular Decision — 11/1

  • Summer
  • Regular Decision — 4/1
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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

    Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that one is admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration. To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at GSOE@BC.EDU. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:

    • Course titles and grades for each course
    • Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
    • Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
      • Original and translated transcripts must be provided

    If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:

    • An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
    • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
    • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

    Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

    Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

    Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    Standardized Tests

    Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for 2022 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

    Writing Sample

    Not required. 

    International Students

    International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.

    Requirements for International Students

    Contact Us

      gsoe@bc.edu
      617-552-4214