The Master of Education in Special Education allows licensed educators to enhance their professional portfolios 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 toward program and professional goals and illustrate their distinct abilities to employers
Benefit from an international network to leverage personally and professionally
Online, interactive program allows for flexibility for working professionals
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."
Lydia Young, Associate Teaching Professor, Graduate School of Education and Director of NExT
A graduate degree or certificate 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, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
Teacher's license; Initial or professional level: provide a copy of license
Domestic application complete (Start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline:
Domestic application complete (Start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline:
Domestic application complete (Start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021
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
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Complete 12 quarter hours at the EDU 6000 level.
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
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