Elementary and Special Education, M.Ed.

The Dual Program in Elementary Education and Special Education 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. It prepares the teacher to work with a diverse range of children by providing the teacher with knowledge about instructional practices, along with perspectives on children, schools, and society.

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.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work as an elementary general education teacher, special education teacher or as a learning specialist who collaborates with families and other professionals.

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.

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

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 20 (TELL/TDLL: 21) courses, for a total of 58 (TELL/TDLL: 61) credits.

How long will it take?

Full time students will take approximately 2 or more years to complete the program, while part time students will take 4 or more years.

When can I start?

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

Highlighted Faculty

What will I study?


  • Courses: 20 (TELL/TDLL: 21)
  • Credits: 58 (TELL/TDLL: 61)
  • Comprehensive Exam
Course Course Title Credit
APSY 7418
Applied Child Development   3
EDUC 7438 Instruction for the Special Needs of Diverse Learners
EDUC 7435 Social Contexts of Education
EDUC 6495 Mathematics and Technology: Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum in the Elementary School
EDUC 7542 Teaching Reading 3
EDUC 7543 Teaching Language Arts
EDUC 7546 Teaching About the Natural World
EDUC 7579 Educational Assessment of Learning Problems
EDUC 6686 Augmentative Communication for Individuals
EDUC 6374
Management of the Behavior with Students with Special Needs
EDUC 6495 Human Development and Disabilities
EDUC 6593
Introduction to Speech and Language Disabilities
EDUC 6595 Assessment and Instruction of Students with Reading Difficulty
EDUC 6588 Teaching and Learning Strategies - Moderate Special Needs
EDUC 6497 Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
EDUC 6346 Teaching Bilingual Students
EDUC 7621 (TELL/TDLL only) Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
  Graduate Inquiry Seminar I, Pre-Practicum, II
EDUC 7610 Clinical Experience - Elementary/Moderate
EDUC 8100 Master's Comprehensive Examination 0

How to Apply


To begin your online application, click the box below. 


Regular Desicion
Rolling Admission
After 1/6/20
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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 are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice. 


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.