Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Moderate and Severe Special Needs

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Moderate and Severe Special Needs

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 teacher, and learning specialist, who can collaborate with general education teachers, 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.

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. 


Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Curriculum


  • Courses: 24 or 16
  • Credits: 67 or 45
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • For TELL/TDLL: Add one course (3 credits)
67 Credit Master's (24 Courses)
45 Credit Master's (12 Courses)

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:

How to Apply

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Deadlines

Fall
Regular Decision
1/6
Rolling Admission
Until 8/1
Intl. Applicants
Until 7/1
Spring
Regular Decision
11/1
Summer
Regular Decision
4/1

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

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. 

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 Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants. 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. Learn about requirements for international students.

Contact Us

  gsoe@bc.edu
  617-552-4214