The Master of Education in Special Education allows licensed educators to enhance their professional portfolio and gain experience teaching and supporting students with specialized learning needs.
Duration of Program
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
Adding special education to your professional portfolio opens doors to working with new groups of students in meaningful ways. The Master of Education in Special Education degree program will prepare you to anticipate and meet the needs of a broad range of students with specialized learning needs.
This program is designed for teachers or aspiring teachers who have already earned an initial license as an elementary or secondary teacher and want to help children with a broad range of learning needs reach their full potential. Your fellow students are professional and aspiring teachers who share a passion to deepen their knowledge of educational theory and practice, while learning the latest ways to improve special education.
The Master of Education in Special Education degree meets the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards and competencies for initial licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Pre-K-8 and 5-12.
Curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and real world application of theory
Students create an ePortfolio to document their progress towards program and professional goals and illustrate their distinct abilities to employers
Benefit from an international network to leverage personally and professionally
Boston Location, on flagship campus in a city known as a hub of education and innovation
Hone the skills and disposition to educate and inspire children with specialized learning needs
Develop a conceptual framework to effectively advocate for the educational rights of all children
Examine the impact of local, national, and global changes on policy and practice for special education
Learn to develop Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for the broad and varied range of student learning and behavioral style
"An ideal student is someone looking for an opportunity to grow and gain new knowledge, not only to advance their career, but impact the field of education. "
A graduate degree, certificate, or bootcamp from Northeastern—a top-40 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
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Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identify your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (official transcripts required at the time of admission)
Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English language proficiency proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, or NU Global Exam scores
Teacher's license; Initial or professional level: provide a copy of license
Master of Education in Special Education General Requirements
EDU 6050 - Education as an Advanced Field of Study
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
Concentration in Special Education
EDU 6425 - Special Education: Role of Special Educators in an Inclusive School
EDU 6426 - Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction
EDU 6438 - Teachers as Curriculum Leaders
EDU 6528 - Adaptive Learning/Behavior Management Strategies: Consultation and Collaboration
EDU 6569 - Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics
EDU 6874 - Practicum, Portfolio, and Panel Review
0.00 - 4.00
Complete 12 quarter hours from the following:
EDU 6185 - English-Language Learners in the General Education Classroom
EDU 6429 - Variations in Child and Adolescent Development
EDU 6437 - Assessment in Education
EDU 6465 - Critical and Creative Thinking
EDU 6520 - Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice
EDU 6558 - Issues in Education
1.00 - 4.00
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has, in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.