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Special Education (Severe Disabilities), M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Online
The M.Ed. in Special Education: Severe Disabilities program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who want to work with students with severe disabilities from ages 3 to 22 years of age. 

About

The MEd in Special Education programs are designed to prepare candidates for careers in teaching students with disabilities. The degree offers students preparation in one of four program areas:

  • Teacher of students with moderate disabilities: PreK-8 or 5-12 (Initial Licensure)
  • Teacher of students with severe disabilities, all levels: (Initial Licensure)
  • Reading Specialist (Initial Licensure)
  • Guided Studies (Professional Licensure, Individualized Concentration, and Individualized Concentration/Dyslexia Specialist)
The program prepares graduates to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the field of special education, including legislation and litigation that has affected the rights of individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate competence in teaching that leads to success for all students in the least restrictive environment
  • Evaluate students to determine their educational needs and to design appropriate programs
  • Collaborate with teachers and parents to develop effective teaching strategies that will enhance students’ learning
  • Demonstrate competence in educating English Language Learners (ELL) and in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies and other assistive technologies
  • Demonstrate sensitivity, understanding and respect for children and adults from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds

Accreditation

  • CAEP/NCATE accredited
  • Program approval through Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Language Development, Differences and Disorders
  • Advanced Identification and Remediation of Reading/Language Based Learning Disabilities (PreK-8)
  •  Assessment, Curriculum, Strategies for Math (focus on PreK- 8)
  • Physical and Medical Aspects of Working with Students with Disabilities
  •  Emotional, Behavioral, and Autism Spectrum Disorders

For more information, please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.8

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.8 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

 Admissions requirements are as follows:
  • Official transcript of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • MTEL scores or initial licensure in any area
  • An essay

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    58 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    58 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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