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.
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 international network to leverage personally and professionally
- Boston Location, on flagship campus in 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
Lydia Young, Program Director
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term. If you are an international applicant, please view our international application deadlines.
Fall Term A:
Start date: September 18
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 8
Fall Term B:
Start date: October 30
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 18
Winter Term A:
Start date: January 9
Recommended Admissions Deadline: November 28
Winter Term B:
Start date: February 21
Recommended Admissions Deadline: January 9
Spring Term A:
Start date: April 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: February 27
Spring Term B:
Start date: May 22
Recommended Admissions Deadline: April 10
Summer Term A:
Start date: July 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: May 29
Summer Term B:
Start date: August 7
Recommended Admissions Deadline: June 26
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resume
- Official undergraduate transcripts: must be provided in a stamped and sealed envelope from the institution(s), stating degree conferral and date
- 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
45 total quarter hours required.
Concentration in Special Education
Complete 16 quarter hours from the following:
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 230,000 alumni and 3,000 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.
Where They Work
- Boston Public Schools
- Chicago Public Schools
- NYC Department of Education
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Tufts University
What They Do
- Community and Social Services
- Business Development
- Human Services
What They're Skilled At
- Public Speaking
- Curriculum Development
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.