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Special Education (MEd, Severe Disabilities) (hybrid)

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Degree Overview

The MEd in Special Education: Severe Disabilities program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who want to work with students with severe disabilities from 3 to 22 years of age. The program prepares candidates to teach academics as well as functional skills to students in public and private schools and educational collaboratives.

The program prepares graduates to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the field of special education, including legislation and litigation that has affected the rights of individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate competence in teaching that leads to success for all students in the least restrictive environment
  • Assess students to determine their educational needs and to design appropriate programs
  • Collaborate with teachers and parents to develop effective teaching strategies that will enhance student learning
  • Demonstrate sensitivity, understanding and respect for children and adults from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds

Requirements and Curriculum

Initial Licensure
Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

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The Fitchburg State graduate program was an outstanding experience. The curriculum was current and relevant and each project utilized the students with whom I was working at the time so there was a practical application. Having accessible professors whose expertise came not only from their own education but also from their experiences in the field was invaluable. I couldn't be happier about my education.
–Jaimee Smith, 2010

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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
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • Passing scores for the Communication and Literacy subtest of the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • 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?


This is hybrid program, with limited Saturday sessions for select classes designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration.

Total Credits

42 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

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this initial licensure program work in integrated preschools, public schools, private schools and educational collaboratives serving students with severe disabilities 3 to 22 years of age as special education teachers and inclusion specialists.

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