Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education and Moderate Support Needs

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education and Moderate Support Needs

The Dual Program in Elementary Education and Moderate Support Needs is designed for students who wish to teach in grades 1–6. The program will prepare you to teach students without disabilities and those with mild to moderate disabilities (also known as high incidence disabilities), such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disability, emotional and behavioral disorders, and mild developmental disabilities, including autism.

The program stresses a humanistic approach to teaching that is both developmentally appropriate and intellectually challenging. 

The program leads to eligibility for initial Massachusetts teaching licenses in Elementary Education and Mild/Moderate disabilities.



At a Glance

How many courses?

The program consists of 20 courses (58 credits).

How long will it take?

Full-time students typically take 2 or more years; part-time students typically take 4 or more years.

When can I start?

You can begin in the fall, spring, or summer semester.


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.


  • Courses: 20
  • Credits: 58
  • For TELL/TDLL: Add one course (3 credits)
  • Comprehensive Exam


Student Teaching

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


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. 


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


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


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


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. 



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.

Application & Deadlines

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



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

  • Spring
  • Regular Decision — 11/1

  • Summer
  • Regular Decision — 4/1
  • Resume

    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. 


    Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that you are admitted into a program and enroll, 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 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 from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in 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