Program Overview

The Inclusive Education Master's Degree Program prepares educators to create and lead equitable classroom environments that encompass a range of student needs and promote equity, social justice, diversity and accessibility.

All inclusive education master's students are required to take five core courses as well as the coursework for their licensure track. For the Special Education, 5-12 Teacher Licensure Track, courses such as Literacy for Adolescent Students with Disabilities and Teaching Content Math to Middle & High School Students with Disabilities prepare educators to create and lead an inclusive classroom environment for diverse student populations in grades 5-12. 

Sample Courses

Literacy for Adolescent Students with Disabilities

EDU 622
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.

Teaching Content Math to Middle & High School Students with Disabilities

EDU 623
This course examines the pedagogy of math instruction for middle and high school aged students with disabilities, contemporary methods of assessment in the domain of math as well as evidence-based instructional approaches and interventions for students with math learning disabilities. Students will acquire an understanding of typical development in the domain of mathematics, profiles of various learning disabilities involving mathematics difficulty, methods for assessing mathematical competencies and instructional techniques.

Assessment for Special Education

EDU 630
This course addresses issues in the assessment of children and youth with disabilities, and reviews norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessments, developmental scales, and formal and informal observation techniques. Students will acquire an understanding of the issues related to selecting and administering a variety of assessment tools, and to interpreting, communicating and utilizing data from assessments to support the education of students with disabilities.

Practica Placements

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 students are required to complete a field experience or internship.

Partnerships

Stonehill has partnerships with several area school districts as well as specialized locations. Teacher residency students can work with a particular population of students at our partner sites, including the League School and South Shore Educational Collaborative, among others. 

Students pursuing a master's degree leading to initial licensure in special education, 5-12 can pursue their degree coursework at our off-campus instructional site, Stonehill at Riverview.

Student Research

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.

Contact Information

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa Ratliff

Dean of Graduate Admission
Admission

Meet the Director

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Graduate Teacher Education