Severe Special Needs
master of education (m.ed.)
M.Ed., Teacher of Students with Moderate Special Needs, Grades Pre-K-9 and Grades 5-12
This program prepares teachers to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities such as: specific learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and mild developmental disabilities.
The goal of the program is to prepare teachers to work in a variety of roles including: lead teacher, special education teachers, learning specialist, and to collaborate with regular educators, other services providers and parents.
Applicants who have completed a regular education preparation program can enter directly into the program.
Applicants with no previous regular education preparation program must apply for both regular and special education programs. Financial aid may be available in the form of paid internship experiences in local school systems and in some private schools.
The program leads to eligibility for the Massachusetts teaching license in Mild/Moderate disabilities.
For more information about eligibility and licensure, visit the Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction Department page.
Program of Study
Faculty: Richard Jackson, Alec Peck, David Scanlon
M.Ed., Teacher of Students with Severe Special Needs
The Boston College Program in Severe Disabilities prepares teachers to work with students who have moderate to severe intellectual disability, autism, and additional disabilities (such as visual impairment, deafness, cerebral palsy, and medical conditions). The program leads to eligibility for the Massachusetts teaching license in Severe Disabilities. An additional specialization in deafblindness is available. No prior teaching license is required for admission. The Program of Study is available leading to initial licensure and for these already licensed. The Severe Program is founded on close linkages between current research and best practices in teaching. All program students complete an inquiry study that prepares them for the teacher-researcher role.
Additional Specialization in Deafblindness
Boston College is the oldest and most established teacher preparation program in deafblindness in the United States. In addition to completing the requirements for the Severe Program (which includes content on deafblindness), students will either have the following competencies and/or take the following coursework: Sign Language (basic competency or Sign I) Braille (basic competency or Braille I) Deaf/ Blind Seminar Language Acquisition Module
**The M.Ed. program in Special Education Teaching includes the following areas of concentration: Moderate Special Needs, Grades Pre-K-9 and Grades 5-12; Severe Special Needs; Students with Visual Impairments; Students with Deaf-Blindness and Multiple Disabilities.
Funding Your Studies
Teacher Preparation Grant funds may be available to support your study. The program has a long history of funding from the United States Department of Education. These funds are scholarships (e.g. no repayment is required) and may be available to those who are U.S. citizens and are committed to teaching two years for each full year of support.
Majors in Severe Disabilities are prioritized for paraprofessional positions at the Boston College Campus School. These positions provide 6 credits of tuition-free coursework each fall and spring semester.
Research funds may be available to augment your expenses. To learn more about current research in severe disabilities at Boston College, contact Dr. Susan Bruce.
Students may be enrolled on a full or part-time basis.
View information on the graduate admission and financial aid process.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Small City
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