Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Professional License Special Education

Severe Disabilities

Online 36 credit hours * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Coursework balances research and practice, critical thinking and compassion

License-only option available

Supports teachers in alternative and public settings

Prepares teachers for working with complex medical, communicative, cognitive, and developmental needs

Embraces inclusive education for all students

Addresses current local and federal legal requirements

Networking opportunities and job placement support


Educators seeking professional licensure in Severe Disabilities (All Levels) 

What You Learn

  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise.
  • Design high quality instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments.
  • Analyze student performance and growth data and to use the data to improve instruction and practice.
  • Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.
  • Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
  • Ensure the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled and collaborative practice.

How You Learn

Online courses, around your schedule

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will receive their Master’s in Education, and will be eligible for professional licensure in Severe Disabilities to teach in a Massachusetts public school setting.

Degree Requirements

Required Curriculum: Professional Licensure

Eligibility for Professional Licensure: In addition to completing the Professional Licensure Program of Study, in order to be eligible for a Massachusetts Professional level teacher license, a person must hold an Initial license in the same field as the Professional license sought, hold an SEI endorsement, been employed under the Initial license for at least three (3) years, and completed an induction and mentoring program.

Total Degree Requirements – 36 credits

ABA 525Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDN 575Data Literacy3
EDN 680Research Methods3
EDN 685Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes3
EDN 690Advanced Seminar in Education3
RDL 570Learning and Cognition3
SPE 540STEM Methods in Special Education3
SPE 575Family Engagement in Special Education *3
SPE 670Consultation and Co-Teaching *3
SPE 680Psychoeducational Assessment *3
SPE 690Medical and Multiple Disabilities *3
SPE 695Disability and Sheltered English Immersion3
 Total Requirements 36
Please Note:

This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.