Inclusive Education Master's Degree Program
The specializations offered through this program include a specialization in autism, a specialization in diversity, equity and inclusivity, or Massachusetts initial licensure in special education, PreK-8 or 5-12.
Earn Your Master's in Inclusive Education
The Inclusive Education Master's Degree Program at Stonehill College 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 ensures 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.
Our courses have a heavy emphasis on access to the curriculum, and cover:
- Educational equity, social justice and democratic education
- The Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
- Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
- Curricular innovations, assistive technology and accessibility
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Choose Your Specialization
The master's program requires a core of inclusive education courses designed to foster innovation, transformation and leadership. These courses prepare educators to create a classroom environment that encompasses a range of student needs and is rich with differences. After completing these core courses, students select either a licensure track or a community education specialization.
Teacher Licensure Options
This inclusive education track leads to a master's degree and Massachusetts initial licensure in special education, PreK-8.
This inclusive education track leads to a master's degree and Massachusetts initial licensure in special education, 5-12.
Stonehill Teacher Residency candidates complete an intensive field-based residency in a partner district alongside their graduate coursework. It leads to a master’s degree in inclusive education and Massachusetts initial licensure in special education, PreK-8 or 5-12.
Community Education Options
This community education option leads to a master's degree and a specialization in diversity, equity and inclusivity.
This community education option leads to a master's degree and a specialization in autism.
- 30–36 credits based on prior coursework
- 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
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Our Inclusive Education Program is unique in its focus on the application of teaching pedagogies in a range of settings, providing quality preparation for teachers entering the profession. The combination of theory, method and practical experiences fosters critical thinking skills and helps students understand course concepts in practice as early as their first term.
Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research in a variety of areas. In 2019, three students worked with Elizabeth Stringer Keefe to examine the process of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) from the perspective of both parents and educators and presented their findings at the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference.
Licensure students complete practica placements at both urban and suburban sites as well as specialized locations. This is an opportunity for students to observe, assist and teach in a range of educational settings. All licensure students are required to complete a field experience or internship.
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
- MTEL support and planning
From the admission process to graduation, students have a clear understanding of both expectations and the support available to help them achieve their goals.
Flexibility to Fit Your Life
Students can select among the following schedules for completing the program:
- Stonehill Teacher Residency
On-campus and off-campus courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening during the fall and spring semesters and/or during two summer terms. Master's students are required to complete 30 to 36 credits.
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
- 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