Sep 30, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, Severe Disabilities (Master of Education)

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Those seeking an initial license in Special Education Severe Disabilities (All Levels), who meet the licensure program requirements, follow the Initial Licensure program of study. Those seeking the master’s, but not the license, complete the Non-Licensure program of study, with no MTEL requirement. The non-licensure masters does not lead to licensure in the state of MA. Those who hold a current, initial license in the field are eligible to complete the Professional Licensure Program of Study. 
Prerequisite for Initial Licensure: Passing score on the Communication and Literacy MTEL. To meet the licensure program requirements, students must successfully complete all of the required MTELs, coursework and fieldwork. Students are required to pass all required MTELs prior to enrolling in the practicum. Students who are unable to meet these requirements can complete the Non-Licensure masters which replaces the Practicum and Reflective Seminar with two education electives.  The non-licensure master’s does not lead to licensure in the state of Massachusetts and no MTELs are required in the Non-Licensure program of study.
Eligibility for Professional Licensure - In addition to completing the Professional Licensure Program of Study, in order to be eligible for a Massachusetts Professional level teacher license, a person must hold an Initial license in the same field as the Professional license sought, hold an SEI endorsement, been employed under the Initial license for at least three (3) years, and completed an induction and mentoring program. Please see Endicott’s Licensure Officer with any questions. Prerequisite for Professional Licensure: Initial License in Severe Disabilities (All Levels)

Admission Requirements

All candidates must apply online at: 

Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

  • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
  • Essay (750-1000 words) on the following: Please describe your educational philosophy and how you apply this philosophy in your teaching practice. Should you not be a classroom teacher currently, in what ways will your philosophy influence your practices? 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
  • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Initial License

  • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Professional License

  • A copy of all initial licenses in the state of Massachusetts

International Applicants for Graduate Admission
Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

Program of Study

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of typical child and adolescent development and exceptionalities
  • Design high quality instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments
  • Analyze student performance and growth data and to use this data to improve instruction and practice
  • Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.
  • Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
  • Ensure the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice

Required Curriculum with MA Initial Licensure

As regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the practicum requires 300 hours with a minimum of 100 hours of full responsibility in the role and grade level of the license sought.  Students may have their practicum placement, supervising practitioner, and hours approved by Endicott staff before enrolling in the practicum course. Additional hours may be assigned at the discretion of the Dean, Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director. 


Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

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