Dual Degree

BA in Education/MA in Special Education Dual Degree Program

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Does the idea of unlocking every student’s potential for learning excite you? Are you passionate about advocating for students with special needs and creating a supportive classroom environment where all children can thrive? Our Special Education program is a state-approved, competency-based program founded upon the principles of effective instruction and the philosophy of inclusive education.

Apply as a high school senior into the dual degree program with one application and benefit from being considered for a $2,500 Dual Degree Scholarship (per year for your 4 undergraduate years).  You will also be considered for a 10% Alumni Discount for every term you are enrolled at least part-time in your graduate program at Assumption.

The Master of Arts program prepares students for a career as a teacher of students with mild to moderate disabilities, starting with the Massachusetts Initial and Professional Licensure exam for Teacher of Students with mild to moderate disabilities (Pre-K-8; 5-12).

Benefits for Dual Degree students:

  • The Special Education Program Director will serve as students’ faculty advisor
  • Students will be encouraged to join the Education Club and Honors Society

Learn more about the undergraduate Education program.

Learn more about the graduate Special Education program.


    • A completed Common Application
    • A minimum high school 3.2 cumulative GPA
    • An official high school transcript including senior grades (must be submitted directly from the high school)
    • A letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher
    • Major in Elementary or Middle/Secondary Education
    • Overall GPA of 3.3 or higher at the end of junior year
    • Students are responsible for completing all of the requirements for the Education Major application and submitting them to the Licensure Program Coordinator by April 30th of the sophomore year. A student’s application will not be reviewed if the Education Major File requirements are incomplete and you will not be eligible for admission to the program.
      • Completed application form
      • Signed acknowledgement of understanding the Assumption College Education Major Policy Overview
      • Completed Worcester Public School CORI form
      • Completed Wachusett Regional School District CORI form
      • Copy of driver’s license
      • Proof of completing the SAFIS fingerprinting process
      • Safe Environment Training
    • To remain in the program, and be eligible for the practicum, all Education Majors must:
      • Pass the Communication and Literacy Skills tests of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) by June 1st of their sophomore year.
      • Provide official evidence of taking the required subject matter knowledge MTEL by the 1st day of class senior year.
      • Provide official evidence of passing all required subject matter knowledge MTEL by December 13th of their senior year to be eligible to enroll in the practicum during the spring semester of their senior year (Stage 3).
      • Have at least a 3.0 GPA in the Education Major.
      • Middle/secondary education majors need to have at least a 3.0 GPA in their content major.
      • Student files are reviewed at the end of each semester.

Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.

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