Admissions Requirements

Admission applications are due on November 1 for Spring and June 1 for Fall. Applications are completed and submitted online. Be sure to keep your login ID and password, so you can check the status of your admission application.

The Special Education Program will recommend for admission those applicants who present evidence of their ability to do graduate work with distinction. Such evidence must include:

  1. A statement of purpose explaining the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study in the field of moderate disabilities. This statement should have two parts: 
    • an initial section of up to 300 words describing your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies
    • a second section of approximately 1,200 words describing your specific interests, the kind of work you intend to perform, and your goals within the program to which you are applying
  2. A curriculum vitae detailing the applicant's educational and professional backgrounds
  3. A distinguished undergraduate transcript, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  4. A score report of the Communications and Literacy Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Out-of-state applicants may submit scores from either the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination. Please note: While MTEL scores are required, the MAT and/or GRE is waived if the applicant already holds a graduate degree in a related field in the United States.
  5. Three letters of recommendation submitted by individuals who are knowledgeable about teaching students with disabilities, who have worked closely with the applicant, and who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s teaching skills and academic performance.
  6. A writing sample indicating the applicant’s ability to write in a clear, concise, and professional manner. This sample may be in the form of a recent term paper or research paper. The writing sample should NOT be an Individualized Education Program (IEP), an evaluation report, and a lesson/unit plan. The College of Education and Human Development has as its basic goal that the students who graduate are thoughtful and responsive educators, committed to change for social justice. NOTE: This writing sample is in addition to the statement of intent requirement for the Special Education Program.