Graduate

Special Education

Preparing students for successful careers in teaching students with special needs in both inclusive and non-inclusive classroom environments. The program also strives to educate its graduate students to exemplify good character and integrity in all aspects of their professional lives.

Special Education Program

Program Tracks Available

On campus


Admission Deadline

Fall (August start): Rolling
Spring (January start): Rolling
Summer: Rolling


Degrees Offered

M.A., C.A.G.S.


Department

Education

Program Contact

Susan M. Cahill

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Schedule a Conversation
508-767-7365 Admissions House - Room 205

Nanho Vander Hart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Special Education, Director of Special Education
508-767-7380 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 157

Sabine Prizio

Academic Affairs Support Team
508-767-7297 Kennedy Hall - Room 169
Sep 21 Sat

Graduate Studies Fall Open House

Join campus community members for an Assumption College Graduate Studies Open House. Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career. Discuss current programs with faculty representatives, learn more about applying from ou...

Sep. 21, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Testa Atrium
Oct 9 Wed

Graduate Studies Fall Open House

Join campus community members for an Assumption College Graduate Studies Open House. Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career. Discuss current programs with faculty representatives, learn more about applying from ou...

Oct. 9, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Graduate Studies Events

Sep 21 Sat

Graduate Studies Fall Open House

Join campus community members for an Assumption College Graduate Studies Open House. Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career. Discuss current programs with faculty representatives, learn more about applying from ou...

Sep. 21, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Testa Atrium
Oct 9 Wed

Graduate Studies Fall Open House

Join campus community members for an Assumption College Graduate Studies Open House. Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career. Discuss current programs with faculty representatives, learn more about applying from ou...

Oct. 9, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Testa Atrium

Program Curriculum

Faculty

Kevin Bjorklund

Special Education 2016
8th Grade Special Education Teacher, West Boylston Public Schools

This program set me up for success and I am forever grateful for the education I received.

Assumption gave me the opportunity to participate in small classes and develop strong relationships with professors. I learned how to asses students for learning disabilities, develop detailed IEPs, effectively co-teach, and differentiate lessons for various levels of need.
Elizabeth Dick

Special Education 2018
Special Education Teacher at Wachusett Regional School District

I dreamed of becoming a Special Education Teacher, and Assumption helped that dream come to life.

Assumption gave me the tools necessary to become a Special Education Teacher. The professors' love for the Special Education Field at Assumption is infectious, and I was so lucky to learn from them. This community helped mold me into the teacher I am today.
Ariana Babigian

Special Education 2015
"K-2 Special Education Teacher, Elm Park Community School "

Teaching all students is the heart of special education.

The Special Education Program allowed me to create a supportive classroom environment where all children can learn. The program is carefully designed to promote collaboration amongst educators, thoughtful instruction, and positive outcomes for students with special needs.
Lynne-Anne Handleman

Special Education 2006
Evaluation Team Chair, Department of Special Education, Worcester Public Schools

Every one of my experiences in the program was relevant to my work.

The learning was practical, deep, and insightful. Thanks to an outstanding group of instructors, I developed tremendous confidence, and can draw upon a comprehensive toolbox of skills and knowledge which, in my experience, is proven to help kids succeed.
Kristin Mayotte

Special Education 2008
Director of Educational Services, YOU, Inc.

The knowledge that I received in the Master’s program was highly effective and relevant.

The program was sensitive to crafting curriculum for my academic development that matched my needs as an administrator. They recognized the skills I possessed and enhanced them tremendously to ensure that I would become a more effective resource for the teachers I supervise.
Sarah Wilkinson

Special Education
PH.D. in Special Education Candidate, UCONN

I use what I learned in this C.A.G.S. program every single day in my classroom.

This is a unique program. Rather than focusing on learning disabilities, it focuses specifically on how to bring out the best in students with emotional/behavior challenges. I use what I learned in this program every single day in my classroom.
Jamie Fransson

Special Education 2009
7th and 8th Grade Reading Resource Teacher, Sullivan Middle School

Special educators are in high demand, which is an advantage for those graduating from this program

The professors are phenomenal, and the classes are small, allowing for rich interaction between students, most of whom are already working in Special Education. The curriculum can be applied immediately in the classroom. I couldn’t have asked for a better program.
Nicole Spandoni

Special Education 2012
Special Education Teacher/Liaison, 2nd and 4th Grade Students, Greenlodge Elementary School

I was thrilled to be hired quickly after interviewing for my first job opportunity.

It was clear that school decision-makers were impressed with what I had learned and the portfolio I was able to develop. All of the instruction is linked to research-based strategy or leading-edge expertise and targets the achievement of Massachusetts state standards.

Shining Their Light

Kevin Bjorklund

Special Education 2016
8th Grade Special Education Teacher, West Boylston Public Schools

This program set me up for success and I am forever grateful for the education I received.

Assumption gave me the opportunity to participate in small classes and develop strong relationships with professors. I learned how to asses students for learning disabilities, develop detailed IEPs, effectively co-teach, and differentiate lessons for various levels of need.
Elizabeth Dick

Special Education 2018
Special Education Teacher at Wachusett Regional School District

I dreamed of becoming a Special Education Teacher, and Assumption helped that dream come to life.

Assumption gave me the tools necessary to become a Special Education Teacher. The professors' love for the Special Education Field at Assumption is infectious, and I was so lucky to learn from them. This community helped mold me into the teacher I am today.
Ariana Babigian

Special Education 2015
"K-2 Special Education Teacher, Elm Park Community School "

Teaching all students is the heart of special education.

The Special Education Program allowed me to create a supportive classroom environment where all children can learn. The program is carefully designed to promote collaboration amongst educators, thoughtful instruction, and positive outcomes for students with special needs.
Lynne-Anne Handleman

Special Education 2006
Evaluation Team Chair, Department of Special Education, Worcester Public Schools

Every one of my experiences in the program was relevant to my work.

The learning was practical, deep, and insightful. Thanks to an outstanding group of instructors, I developed tremendous confidence, and can draw upon a comprehensive toolbox of skills and knowledge which, in my experience, is proven to help kids succeed.
Kristin Mayotte

Special Education 2008
Director of Educational Services, YOU, Inc.

The knowledge that I received in the Master’s program was highly effective and relevant.

The program was sensitive to crafting curriculum for my academic development that matched my needs as an administrator. They recognized the skills I possessed and enhanced them tremendously to ensure that I would become a more effective resource for the teachers I supervise.
Sarah Wilkinson

Special Education
PH.D. in Special Education Candidate, UCONN

I use what I learned in this C.A.G.S. program every single day in my classroom.

This is a unique program. Rather than focusing on learning disabilities, it focuses specifically on how to bring out the best in students with emotional/behavior challenges. I use what I learned in this program every single day in my classroom.
Jamie Fransson

Special Education 2009
7th and 8th Grade Reading Resource Teacher, Sullivan Middle School

Special educators are in high demand, which is an advantage for those graduating from this program

The professors are phenomenal, and the classes are small, allowing for rich interaction between students, most of whom are already working in Special Education. The curriculum can be applied immediately in the classroom. I couldn’t have asked for a better program.
Nicole Spandoni

Special Education 2012
Special Education Teacher/Liaison, 2nd and 4th Grade Students, Greenlodge Elementary School

I was thrilled to be hired quickly after interviewing for my first job opportunity.

It was clear that school decision-makers were impressed with what I had learned and the portfolio I was able to develop. All of the instruction is linked to research-based strategy or leading-edge expertise and targets the achievement of Massachusetts state standards.
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Admissions Requirements

Special Education-specific Admission Requirements

Enrollment in the Special Education program is open to any qualified individuals who meet the admissions standards. Individuals may enroll in the master's program whether or not they seek Massachusetts teacher licensure. Candidates for the graduate program in special education may submit an application at any time.

Please note that a grade point average of 3.0 or better is expected of students who enter the program. Exceptions to this policy are not common. When extenuating circumstances exist, the admissions committee can recommend to the Special Education director that a student is permitted to take courses as a special student. In these cases, formal admission to the graduate program is deferred until a candidate has successfully met criteria specified by the admissions committee.

All Candidates for Initial Licensure must meet the following criteria
  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree;
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Candidates for the Massachusetts Initial License for Teacher of students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) are not required to have passed the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to applying to the program, however, to be eligible to enroll in the practicum, students must submit evidence of passing scores on all MTEL required for licensure.
Candidates seeking a license for PreK-8 must pass the following tests:
  • Communication and Literacy Skills;
  • Foundations of Reading OR Reading Specialists; and
  • General Curriculum, including two subtests (i.e., multi-subject and mathematics subtests).
  • Candidates seeking licensure for 5-12 must pass the following tests:

Candidates for the Initial License who do not already hold a Massachusetts teacher license may be required, at the discretion of the special education faculty, to take additional coursework in the content areas and/or curriculum and methods of teaching prior to enrollment in the practicum.

NOTE: Individuals who complete approved programs are eligible for licensure reciprocity with the approximately 45 other states that are parties to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, 2010-2015.

All candidates for Professional Licensure must meet the following criteria
  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Science degree;
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0;
  • Possess an Initial license as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities or Elementary Education from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
  • Have at least one year of full-time employment in an educational setting.

For information concerning the Commonwealth of Massachusetts teacher licensure, contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Office of Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 338-3000
www.doe.mass.edu

Note: The following is required for a Professional License. For more information, visit www.doe.mass.edu/Educators

  • 3 years of employment under an Initial License
  • Completion of a teacher induction program
Candidates Who Do Not Seek Massachusetts Educator Licensure (non licensure students)

Prospective students for the MA program only must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a Bachelor Of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree;
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

General Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Application Dated & Signed
  • $30 Application Fee (waived for AC Alumni)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English
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