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.
How to develop learning goals and experiences responsive to the developmental and learning needs of students with special needs; including in ways that are responsive to language, cultural, and family backgrounds.
How to create learning environments that promote engagement and learning
How to work collaboratively with students and professional colleagues in a variety of instructional settings.
How to plan individually-appropriate curriculum -through the IEP as well as in inclusive classroom settings.
How to use formal and informal assessments to plan instruction for pupils in ways that reduce bias, and to monitor learning progress.
How to use evidence-based practices to advance the learning of students with disabilities. Practices will include uses of technology and augmentative and alternative communication.
How to keep meaningful data on student learning and behavior and to make data-based decisions.
How to plan for and work with students and colleagues for successful transition preparation.
How to use ethical and professional practices that respond to language, cultural, and familial diversity.
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.
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.
Students can begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters.
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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:
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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.
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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.
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.
All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:
Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. 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 email@example.com from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure it is received by our office.
If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.
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
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.