12 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
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University of Massachusetts Boston’s Special Education master’s program prepares individuals to teach students with moderate disabilities in both special education and inclusive settings.


The MEd in Special Education from University of Massachusetts Boston is focused on social justice in urban schools, emphasizing students with disabilities and the knowledge, dispositions, and practices necessary to combat disproportional representation. Several MEd courses can be taken online for a hybrid learning experience, and two of our related special education certificate programs are entirely online.

The Special Education MEd is available in four different tracks:

  • Moderate Disabilities, Pre-K-8
  • Moderate Disabilities, Grades 5-12
  • Transition Leadership
  • Non-Licensure

The program is a hybrid model with about 50% of the classes online:

  • Includes a mix of fully online classes; hybrid classes that are roughly half online and half face-to-face; and a few classes that meet mostly face-to-face.
  • Great balance that provides flexibility, and connections with both faculty and classmates.
  • Face-to-face classes all meet one time per week at the UMass Boston campus at either 4PM or 7PM, so you can attend classes and work full time.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners
  • Behavioral and Classroom Management
  • Standardized Assessments for Students with Moderate Disabilities, PreK-12 
  • Consultation and Interpersonal Skills 
  • Building Collaborative Partnerships with Families of Students with Disabilities 
  • Legal and Political Issues in Special Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Test Scores: MTEL or GRE
  • Letters of Recommendation: 2
  • Writing Sample: Required
  • Statement of purpose; 
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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