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Special Education (MEd, Guided Studies – Professional) (online/hybrid)

These programs are under review and not accepting applications at this time.

MEd in Special Education: Guided Studies - Moderate Disabilities Professional Licensure
MEd in Special Education: Guided Studies - Severe Disabilities Professional Licensure

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Degree Overview

The Guided Study Program has two concentrations-Professional and Individualized. The Professional concentration is designed to meet the needs of teachers who already hold special education Licensure (Initial) in Massachusetts.

Students are required to complete 36 credits, including nine required courses (27 credits), an action research project (three credits), and two electives (six credits).

  • Students who are not interested in a teaching license or already hold standard or professional licensure in special education, and who are interested in further development of their individual interests and skills, will pursue the Guided Studies Individualized Concentration.

Requirements and Curriculum

Professional Concentration
Two-Year Course Rotation

Attend a Graduate Continuing Education Information Session

The strategies and techniques I have learned have been invaluable to the success of my students and my own professional development. During my time at Fitchburg State, and even after graduation, I always felt supported and prepared for the experiences and challenges I face as an educator. The members of the Education Department staff are not only educators, but inspirational role models.
– Stefanie Scaglione, 2008 & 2011

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Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Copy of initial teaching license in major
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?


Online delivery, with limited Saturday sessions for select classes designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration

Total Credits

36 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

CAEP/NCATE accredited through Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
As part of this program, candidates can apply up to four courses toward BCBA certificate program.

Career Opportunities

Individuals who complete this program are experienced teachers who take on a wide variety of leadership roles in public and private schools serving students with disabilities.

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