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Frequently Asked Questions


How often are students admitted to the Special Education Graduate Program?
M.Ed. and CAGS applications are reviewed once a year and due January 15th for the Fall semester admissions. Ed.D. applications are reviewed twice a year and are due November 1st for Spring semester admissions and January 15th for Fall semester admissions.

Do I need to take the GREs?
GREs are not required for admission to the masters and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) programs.  They are recommended for admission to the doctoral program.

Can I take Special Education courses as a non-degree graduate student?
With the permission of the faculty member teaching the class, you may take Special Education classes as a non-degree graduate student. You may transfer up to 6 credits with approval into a degree program.

Can I transfer credits I've already taken elsewhere?
Transfer of credits with review and approval by the appropriate faculty is allowed for the Masters and Doctoral degrees but not for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS).

Does the program offer summer courses?
The program offers courses during the fall and spring semesters. Students are encouraged to become involved with faculty research during the intersessions.

How do I contact my advisor?
You can contact your advisor one of several ways: telephone, email, or by contacting the department administrative assistant.

Is it necessary that I secure licensure while working toward my degree?
Licensure is not part of the degree requirement though it is an option made available to all students.

Do I need to have a special education license before applying to Special Education Administration and Leadership?
Initial licensure as a special educator, SLP, guidance counselor or principal however, is required to be licensed as an Administrator of Special Education. It is highly recommended that the applicant demonstrate they have passed the Communication, Literacy, and Math subtests of the Massachusetts Teacher Examination for Licensure (MTEL) as part of their application to the program.

Do I need to have a general education initial teaching license before applying to the graduate program in Special Education?
Initial licensure as a general educator is NOT required to be licensed as a Special Educator. It is highly recommended that the applicant demonstrate they have passed the Communication, Literacy, and Math subtests of the Massachusetts Teacher Examination for Licensure (MTEL) as part of their application to the program.