Master of Education in Special Education — Boston

The Master of Education in Special Education allows licensed educators to enhance their professional portfolios and gain experience teaching and supporting students with specialized learning needs.

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Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

1.5-2 Years


Adding special education to your professional portfolio opens doors to working with new groups of students in meaningful ways. The Master of Education in Special Education degree program will prepare you to anticipate and meet the needs of a broad range of students with specialized learning needs.

This program is designed for teachers or aspiring teachers who have already earned an initial license as an elementary or secondary teacher and want to help children with a broad range of learning needs reach their full potential. Your fellow students are professional and aspiring teachers who share a passion to deepen their knowledge of educational theory and practice, while learning the latest ways to improve special education.

The Master of Education in Special Education degree meets the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards and competencies for initial licensure as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities, pre-K-8, and 5-12.

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Unique Features

  • Curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and real-world application of theory
  • Students create an ePortfolio to document their progress toward program and professional goals and illustrate their distinct abilities to employers
  • Benefit from an international network to leverage personally and professionally
  • Boston location, on flagship campus in a city known as a hub of education and innovation

Program Objectives

  • Hone the skills and disposition to educate and inspire children with specialized learning needs
  • Develop a conceptual framework to effectively advocate for the educational rights of all children
  • Examine the impact of local, national, and global changes on policy and practice for special education
  • Learn to develop Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for the broad and varied range of student learning and behavioral style

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements


Concentration in Special Education

Required Courses



Complete 12 quarter hours at the EDU 6000 level.

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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
  • Teacher's license; Initial or professional level: provide a copy of license

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Summer 2020 Deadline
June 26, 2020Domestic application complete (Start date: July 6, 2020)
Fall 2020 Deadline
September 4, 2020Domestic application complete (Start date: September 14, 2020)
Winter 2021 Deadline
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (Start date: January 11, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (Start date: April 12, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (Start date: July 12, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • Boston Public Schools
    • Chicago Public Schools
    • NYC Department of Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Tufts University
  • What They Do

    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Business Development
    • Human Services
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Teaching
    • Public Speaking
    • Curriculum Development
    • Leadership
    • Research


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The Master of Education program has three concentrations, so students can choose courses that are highly tailored and relevant to their professional goals. 

Did You Know?

All MEd students create ePortfolios, an example of their mastery in new topics and fields through documentation, assessment, and integration of coursework with their workplace experience. Students leverage this body of work throughout the program and after, as a key piece of their personal brand. 

Did You Know?

Advanced degree holders earn a salary 35% higher than those with a bachelor's degree. 

From Our Faculty

"An ideal student for our program is someone who is looking to make a change in education, whatever that context is. Someone who is looking for an opportunity to grow and gain new knowledge not only to advance their career, but impact the field of education." — Lydia Young, Associate Teaching Professor, Graduate School of Education and Director of NExT