Secondary and Severe Special Needs, M.Ed.

Students in the Dual Program in Secondary Education and Moderate Special Needs can pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.), if they possess a strong background in their content area. Prerequisite for the program is a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts major in the field of desired licensure or an equivalent degree. Those applicants with less content knowledge in the particular field should consult a faculty member in that field. Students in this dual program will also complete coursework to teach students with mild and moderate disabilities, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disability, emotional and behavioral disorders, and mild developmental disabilities.

In addition to required courses in the field of education, secondary education master's degrees require courses taken at the graduate level in the arts and sciences department of specialization. M.Ed. students take a minimum of two graduate courses in A&S, and M.A.T./M.S.T. students take five graduate courses in their content area. Students also complete coursework in Moderate Special Needs.

These degree programs lead to eligibility for (grades 8-12) initial licensure in one of the following disciplines: English, history, biology, chemistry, geology (Earth Science), physics, classics, Spanish, French and mathematics and initial licensure in Mild/Moderate Disabilities.

The goal of the program is to prepare teachers to work as either a secondary general educator or as a special educator or learning specialist who is able to collaborate with other educators and service providers, and parents.

Financial Assistance

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 $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 21 (TELL/TDLL: 22) courses and practicum, for a total of 58 (TELL/TDLL: 61) credits.

How long will it take?

Full time students will typically complete the program in 2 years. Part time students will take 4 or more years to complete the program.

When can I start?

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

Highlighted Faculty

What will I study?


  • Courses: 21 (TELL/TDLL: 22)
  • Credits: 58 (TELL/TDLL: 61)
  • Comprehensive Exam
Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7419  Applied Adolescent Development   3
EDUC 7438
Instruction for the Special Needs of Diverse Learners
EDUC 7435 Social Contexts of Education
EDUC 7520 Mathematics and Technology: Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
EDUC 7529 Social Studies and the Arts: Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
EDUC 7542 Teaching Reading
EDUC 7543 Teaching Language Arts
EDUC 7546 Teaching About the Natural World 3
EDUC 6540 Educational Implications / Sensory, Motor, and Health 3
EDUC 6686 Augmentative Communication for Individuals
EDUC 6374 Management of the Behavior of Students with Special Needs
EDUC 6384 Teaching Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities 3
EDUC 6389
Assessment of Students with Low-Incidence and Multiple Disabilities 3
EDUC 6497 Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
EDUC 6495 Human Development and Disabilty
EDUC 6346 Teaching Bilingual Students
EDUC 7621 (TELL/TDLL only) Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
  Graduate Inquiry Seminar I & II, and Pre-Practicum
EDUC 7610 Clinical Experience
EDUC 8100 Master's Comprehensive Examination

How to Apply


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


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 from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.


Transcripts: Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

  • Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


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

Not required.

International Students

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