Earn an Initial License in Special Education or Math/Science

The Inclusive Education Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program prepares teachers to be leaders and critical thinkers. Schools today are complex and diverse communities — reflecting a landscape rich with individual differences. Teachers in our program are prepared using a unique combination of theoretical and practical experiences. This approach fosters their ability to create and lead equitable spaces where difference is valued while at the same time preparing them for the realities and challenges of the classroom and the profession.

Why Stonehill?

  • Leads to Massachusetts initial licensure in special education, 5-12, or math/science, 5-8
  • Experiential learning via research, partnership and community opportunities
  • Social justice mission that fosters graduates who think, act and lead with courage
  • Accessible and well-resourced campus
  • Faculty with well-established expertise in field

Teacher Licensure Tracks

The 21-to-27 credit Inclusive Education Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program features a selection of courses designed to prepare educators for Massachusetts initial licensure.

This inclusive education postbaccalaureate licensure track leads to Massachusetts initial licensure in math/science, 5-8. 

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This inclusive education postbaccalaureate licensure track leads to Massachusetts initial licensure in special education, 5-12. 

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Sample Courses

Curricular Innovations & Assistive Technology

This course focuses on increasing access to the curriculum using the lens of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to help educators customize instruction to meet the needs of students with disabilities and other diverse learners. Course participants will determine how to deconstruct curricular barriers and create and apply curricular solutions that maximize access and academic success. Assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) will be explored and leveraged.

Literacy for Adolescent Students with Disabilities

Special Education Licensure Track
This course explores language and literacy for middle/high school students with disabilities. Reading and writing challenges for students in middle and high school, including literacy challenges that develop due to development, gaps in learning, English language acquisition, engagement and motivation, and identified disabilities such as Specific Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Autism Spectrum Disorders will be addressed. The course will emphasize instructional design and techniques, RTI, and progress monitoring to boost student achievement and literacy outcomes, including comprehension, vocabulary, and writing for diverse student populations. Assessment for middle/high school students with disabilities will be addressed.

Classroom Inquiry & Action Research in Education

Math/Science Licensure Track
This course provides an opportunity to unpack academic content areas through action/inquiry research and will assist teacher candidates in developing professional voice through the inquiry process. Inquiry and action research provides educators, administrators, and community leaders a method to study classroom challenges using an emic, or “insider” perspective to investigate and improve practice.

Studying Inclusive Education at Stonehill

Stonehill College offers graduate certificate, master's degree, teacher licensure and community education program options in inclusive education-related areas.

Schools today must strive to be inclusive environments, and educators in our program are prepared to be leaders in creating equitable spaces where difference is valued.

Graduate Education at Stonehill

Stonehill College's graduate inclusive education programs aim to prepare knowledgeable, reflective, caring and flexible educators who embrace learning, scholarship, community and advocacy in their work. Social justice and democratic education are at the center of our work and underpins all programs, courses and experiences. We believe education can disrupt systems and processes that perpetuate injustice and inequity and embrace diversity and individuality as strengths.

We advance our mission by modeling the creation of democratic spaces in the graduate classroom that reflect equitable, accessible and inclusive learning environments where students' voices and perspectives help to shape the construction and the provision of their learning.

Three tenets guide our program philosophy:

  • Social justice education
  • Democratic education
  • Anti-oppressive education

Program Outcomes

Our graduates

  • Foster care, connection and community with students, colleagues and families
  • Promote inclusivity, diversity and equity in educational spaces
  • Work to disrupt systems that perpetuate oppression and inequity
  • Embrace teaching practices that foster social justice and democracy
  • Lead by making education accessible for all learners
  • Elevate student voices and perspectives in education
  • Act purposefully to continue to learn and contribute to the profession

Rigorous Academics and the Support to Succeed

Stonehill’s graduate teacher education programs in inclusive education recognize the challenges graduate students face in prioritizing work, family, personal and graduate school commitments. Our Graduate Student Support, Access and Success (SSAS) Framework is designed to support students’ success from program start to finish.

Specifically, this approach provides:

  • A proactive vs. reactive framework for supporting graduate students’ variable needs within their program
  • Clear benchmarks for assessment of candidate readiness
  • Indoctrination to the field and to the profession

From the admission process to graduation, students have a clear understanding of both expectations and the support available to help them achieve their goals.

Contact Information

Duffy – 124/126

The Office of Graduate Studies assists students as they explore graduate and professional opportunities offered at Stonehill College. 

Meet the Director

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Associate Professor of Education