Master's Degree: Special Education Concentration

Special Education prepares highly qualified teachers, administrators, policy makers, and researchers to provide leadership roles in a wide range of settings at many levels; school, district, state, and federal. Our students acquire skills and knowledge about evidence-based practices that enhance academic and social integration of students with disabilities.

The Special Education Concentration offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.), and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) through the College of Education.  An undergraduate degree in Special Education is not offered.


The Special Education Concentration is home to two nationally recognized special education publications, The Journal of Special Education Leadership and Teaching Exceptional Children. The Special Education Concentration is a member of the Higher Education Consortium on Special Education, a professional organization representing doctoral programs in special education.  The Special Education Concentration has also been the recipient of over the past five years of $1.5 million in U.S. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Special Education Program federal grants in addition to other external and internal funding to support faculty and student research.

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Required Courses

The Special Education programs of study are based on a scope and sequence of instruction that leads to Massachusetts Initial Licensure Certification as a Teacher of Students with moderate disabilities (Pre K-8, 5-12) or as a Special Administrator (All). Each of these licenses is accredited through the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Council of Exceptional Children. The competencies meeting these licenses are embedded throughout the coursework, pre-practica, and practica experiences.

Careers in Special Education

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the field of special education. Many have careers as teachers of special education, department chairs, supervisors, and directors of special education in the public and private schools.  Some are employed by state agencies as project managers and directors and at colleges and universities as faculty and disability services directors. Please follow the career links below for more information:

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Contact Information

Concentration Coordinator: John Carey (Professor)

Associated Faculty

Mary Lynn Boscardin (Professor), John Carey (Profesor), Michael Krezmien (Assistant Professor), Stanley E. Scarpati (Professor Emeritus).