Admission Requirements

Enrollment in the Special Education program is open to any qualified individuals who meet the admissions standards. Individuals may enroll in the master's program whether or not they seek Massachusetts teacher licensure. Candidates for the graduate program in special education may submit an application at any time. When all required application materials are received by the Office of the Graduate School, the candidate's file will be forwarded to the Education Department and reviewed by the departmental admissions committee. Typically, a candidate will receive notification of a decision regarding his or her application within three to four weeks from the day the admissions file is completed.

Please note that a grade point average of 3.0 or better is expected of students who enter the program. Exceptions to this policy are not common. When extenuating circumstances exist, the admissions committee can recommend to the Special Education director that a student be permitted to take courses as a special student. In these cases, formal admission to the graduate program is deferred until a candidate has successfully met criteria specified by the admissions committee.

Official Application
To apply officially to the graduate program in Special Education, all candidates must submit the following materials to the Graduate Studies office:

  • An application form and a $30 application fee (fee waived for Assumption students or alumni/ae);
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records;
  • Three letters of recommendation. These letters must be academic or professional in nature and, therefore, should be from a professor who has taught the candidate for at least one course or from an individual who has supervised the candidate in a work setting. Recommendations may be submitted using the recommendation form;
  • An updated, complete resume showing the candidate's academic and work experiences;
  • A personal essay describing the academic preparation, work experiences, and skills that the candidate brings to this graduate program, what he or she hopes to accomplish academically, and his or her professional goals;
  • A copy of teacher certification documents if the candidate already holds a teacher license/ certificate in Massachusetts or in another state;

NOTE:

  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.
  2. An interview is not required, however, candidates are welcome to contact the program director at any time with questions about the program.
  3. The Special Education admissions committee reserves the right to request additional material in support of the candidate's application.

Candidates for admission to the Master of Arts in Special Education program should note the following:

  • All documents, transcripts, and other papers submitted for admission become the property of Assumption College and will not be returned.
  • Courses taken by correspondence will not satisfy prerequisite or program requirements.
  • A candidate is not officially admitted or rejected until he or she has been notified by the Graduate Studies office. The candidate is notified of his or her status in writing.
  • After official notification of acceptance, the candidate's application and transcripts are kept on file for one year. If the candidate has not matriculated by the end of a year, he or she ordinarily reapplies to the program and is subject to the rules and regulations that are in effect at the time of the new application.
  • Incomplete dossiers are kept on file no longer than one year.
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that students must be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, and Hepatitis B. For specific information, call the medical secretary at 508-767-7507.

INTERVIEW
All students who are officially admitted into the state-approved post-baccalaureate teacher licensure programs are required to schedule an interview with designated program personnel as specified in the letter of admission. Prospective students may also schedule an pre-admission interview with program personnel prior to their official application to the program to discuss their specific circumstances.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS—Candidates for Initial License

Enrollment in the Special Education program is open to any qualified individual who meets the admissions standards

All Candidates for Initial Licensure must meet the following criteria:

  1. Possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree;
  2. Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

Candidates for the Massachusetts Initial License for Teacher of students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) are not required to have passed the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to applying to the program, however, to be eligible to enroll in the practicum, students must submit evidence of passing scores on all MTEL required for licensure.

Candidates seeking a license for PreK-8 must pass the following tests:

  1. Communication and Literacy Skills;
  2. Foundations of Reading OR Reading Specialists; and
  3. General Curriculum, including two subtests (i.e., multi-subject and mathematics subtests).

Candidates seeking licensure for 5-12 must pass the following tests:

  1. Communication and Literacy Skills;
  2. Foundations of Reading OR Reading Specialists; and
  3. General Curriculum including tow subtest (i.e., multi-subject and mathematics subtests) OR one of the subject matter tests ( i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, General Science, History, Mathematics, Middle School Mathematics, Physics, or Political Science/Political Philosophy).

Candidates for the Initial License who do not already hold a Massachusetts teacher license may be required, at the discretion of the special education faculty, to take additional coursework in the content areas and/or curriculum and methods of teaching prior to enrollment in the practicum.

NOTE: Individuals who complete approved programs are eligible for licensure reciprocity with the approximately 45 other states that are parties to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, 2010-2015.

Assumption College responds to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in matters of teacher licensure. The College reserves the right to modify its Special Education program accordingly. All Assumption students are alerted to changes in the education program as is appropriate.

For information concerning Commonwealth of Massachusetts educator licensure, contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Office of Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 338-3000
www.doe.mass.edu

Candidates Who Do Not Seek Massachusetts Educator Licensure (non licensure students)

Prospective students for the MA program only must meet the following criteria:

  1. Possess a Bachelor Of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree;
  2. Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

For those students interested in earning a Master of Arts in Special Education only, they are not required to hold a Massachusetts license nor are they required to pass any of the Massachusetts educator tests while they are in the program. Such students may enroll in any Special Education course except for the practicum course or the performance assessment course required for Massachusetts Initial or Professional licensure. Students are required to pass an oral examination or present a case study to complete requirements for the degree.

Applicants who do not seek Massachusetts Educator Licensure are to follow the same application procedure outlined below for Initial License applicants.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS—Candidates for Professional License

Enrollment in the Special Education program is open to any qualified individual who meets the admissions standards.

All candidates for Professional Licensure must meet the following criteria:

  1. Possess a Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Science degree;
  2. Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0;
  3. Possess an Initial license as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities or Elementary Education from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
  4. Have at least one year of full-time employment in an educational setting.

For information concerning Commonwealth of Massachusetts teacher licensure, contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
Office of Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 338-3000
www.doe.mass.edu

Note: The following is required for a Professional License. For more information, visit www.doe.mass.edu/Educators
a. 3 years of employment under an Initial License
b. Completion of a teacher induction program