UMass Boston

Special Education MEd

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Learn how to teach students with moderate disabilities in both special education and inclusive settings.

UMass Boston’s Special Education master’s program prepares individuals to teach students with moderate disabilities in both special education and inclusive settings. The MEd in special education is focused on social justice in urban schools, emphasizing students with disabilities and the knowledge, dispositions, and practices necessary to combat disproportional representation. Several MEd courses can be taken online for a hybrid learning experience, and two of our related special education certificate programs are entirely online.

The Special Education MEd is available in four different tracks:

  • Moderate Disabilities, Pre-K-8
  • Moderate Disabilities, Grades 5-12
  • Transition Leadership
  • Non-Licensure

The program is a hybrid model with about 50% of the classes online:

  • Includes a mix of fully online classes; hybrid classes that are roughly half online and half face-to-face; and a few classes that meet mostly face-to-face.
  • Great balance that provides flexibility, and connections with both faculty and classmates.
  • Face-to-face classes all meet one time per week at the UMass Boston campus at either 4PM or 7PM, so you can attend classes and work full time.

We focus on social justice issues and the urban classroom environment. All of our instructors have extensive teaching experience that they bring into the classroom. Most courses are taught by full time faculty.

Ready to talk? Email to schedule a call with the program director.

Why Apply for UMass Boston’s Special Education MEd Program?

This program offers opportunities for students to learn to about special education and inclusive pedagogy and content across the curriculum areas. Through working with dedicated faculty to develop teaching skills, action research skills, and knowledge of child and youth development, our graduates are prepared to work in urban, diverse, and inclusive settings and serve students and their families as soon as they graduate.