Program Overview

Stonehill’s Master’s Degree in Special Education Program is designed to prepare teachers who are more responsive to the evolving needs of public, private and parochial schools. Our students will explore the complexity of culture, language and learning differences in today’s 21st century classrooms. Graduates will be able to design learning environments that promote inclusivity, ensuring full, meaningful access and engagement for all students.

Graduates of the program will be equipped to:

  • Design curriculum that meets the learning needs of students with moderate disabilities.
  • Create classroom learning environments that enhance student involvement and that utilize multiple ways of knowing and expressing knowledge.
  • Use technology as a critical component of curriculum, aiding both teaching and learning.
  • Administer and interpret a range of assessment tools, and use assessment data to inform instruction and to modify learning environments.
  • Engage with families, colleagues and individuals with disabilities with the highest degree of professionalism and respect.
  • Foster inclusivity in classrooms and schools, ensuring meaningful access and engagement for all students.

The program is designed to meet the needs of candidates seeking to earn an initial license in Moderate Disabilities PreK-8. It is ideal for those seeking a first license, as well as those seeking to add the license to complement a current credential. 

Students can select one of two schedules for completing the program to best fit their needs and background experience:

  • A flexible part-time option for students who wish to take their graduate courses one or two at a time across a period of several years.
  • A 12-month accelerated option for candidates with previous coursework in education.

Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening (one night per week) during the fall and spring semesters and/or during two summer terms.


The accelerated program is appropriate for students who have already taken courses in reading instructional methods, math instructional methods, and who have taken or plan to take a course in teaching English language learners or who hold an SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) endorsement already. 

The accelerated program follows the following schedule:

Summer I

Issues in Special Education

Professional Practice in Special Education

Summer II

Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities

Language and Literacy in Special Education


Behavior Management

Curriculum and Methods for Special Education

Assessment for Special Education


Practicum (9 credits)

Reflective Seminar