Special Education, 5-12 Teacher Licensure Specialization
This teacher licensure specialization leads to a master's degree in inclusive education and Massachusetts initial licensure in special education, 5-12.
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.
In this program, students will:
- Develop pedagogical skills to teach diverse adolescent learners
- Design and implement equitable curricula across content areas in middle and high school settings
- Explore universal design, intersectionality and inclusivity
- Learn to foster care, connection and community with colleagues and adolescent learners and their families
All inclusive education master's students are required to take five core inclusivity courses as well as the coursework for their licensure. For the Special Education, 5-12 Teacher Licensure Specialization, courses such as Curricular Innovations & Assistive Technology and Teaching Content Math to Diverse Middle & High School Learners prepare educators to create and lead an inclusive classroom environment for diverse student populations in grades 5-12.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Our inclusive education graduate 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.
Stonehill has partnerships with several area school districts as well as specialized locations. Residency students can work in diverse settings at our public and private 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 one our off-campus instructional sites, Stonehill on Cape Cod or Stonehill in Boston.
In courses such as Curricular Innovations & Assistive Technology, students complete a semester-long assistive technology project focused on increasing curricular access.
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.