Special Education (Severe Disabilities)

Fitchburg State University

M.Ed. Online
24 months
58 USD/credit
58 USD/credit
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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. 


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

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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Self-paced, Semi-structured
  • Regular optional meetings
  • Proactive tutoring and support

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Special Education (Severe Disabilities)
Fitchburg State University