Inclusive Education Master's Degree Program
Earn a master's degree in inclusive education with a specialization in autism or diversity, equity and inclusivity, or Massachusetts teacher licensure in math/science, 5-8, or special education, PreK-8 or 5-12.
- Spring Semester: January 1, 2024
- Summer Semester: May 1, 2024
- Fall Semester: August 1, 2024
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 program tenets include anti-oppressive education, social justice education and democratic education, and we work to reflect these principles in all aspects of our work.
Why Inclusive Education at Stonehill
- Focus on educational equity and diversity helps better prepare educators for the modern classroom
- A core of foundational courses ensures our graduates gain the skills to teach all students
- Students select a specialization that reflects their career goals and interests
Teacher Licensure Specializations
This inclusive education specialization leads to a master's degree and Massachusetts initial licensure in math/science, 5-8.
This inclusive education specialization leads to a master's degree and Massachusetts initial licensure in special education, PreK-8.
This inclusive education specialization 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, or math/science, 5-8.
Community Education Specializations
This community education program leads to a master's degree in inclusive education with a specialization in autism. Candidates who qualify with state requirements can also earn the Massachusetts Autism Endorsement for Educator Licensure upon completion of the program.
This community education option leads to a master's degree and a specialization in diversity, equity and inclusivity.
- 30–36 credits, based on prior coursework
- Experiential learning via research, partnership and community opportunities
- Social justice mission reflected throughout student experience
- Faculty with well-established expertise in field
- Specialized student support framework guides students through program requirements and career preparation
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Our graduate teacher education students engage in action research, semester-long project-based learning, intensive residency and research with faculty.
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.
In courses such as Curricular Innovations & Assistive Technology, students complete a semester-long assistive technology project focused on increasing curricular access.
Casey McPartlin '20, M'22 with her assistive technology project Finger Numeral Dice.
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.
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
- MTEL planning and support
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
There are a variety of ways to pursue your degree, including:
- Part- or full-time
- On- or off-campus
- Late afternoon, evening and weekend courses
- Hybrid options
- Stonehill Teacher Residency
Master's students are required to complete 30 to 36 credits.
Graduate Teacher Education at Stonehill
Stonehill College's graduate teacher 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
Graduate Teacher Education Program Outcomes
- 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