Licensure / Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education


Program Description

The MAT program in Special Education is designed to prepare teachers with various educational backgrounds as teachers of students with moderate disabilities in pre-K–8 and 5–12 grade levels. Today's demanding education environment requires teachers who consistently demonstrate gentleness in relationships and excellence in both teaching content and applying techniques.

The MAT in Special Education emphasizes:

  • The role of the teacher as direct provider, collaborator, and connector to community-based learning
  • The context of the student as family member, classroom/school participant, and society contributor
  • The curriculum as the sum total of all the activities in which a student engages to achieve appropriate knowledge, skills, and values

Online Information Session

Tuesday, August 12th, 12 noonMAT Education Online Information Session – Join us online to learn more about the graduate MAT Education programs here at Regis. Please RSVP to 781.768.7188 or shelagh.tomaino@regiscollege.edu. Limited to 25 spots.

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Special Education Courses

Initial Licensure Program (21 credits)

Candidates with a bachelor's degree, but no formal teaching experience, may earn their initial license in Moderate Special Needs (pre-K–8; 5–12) by completing the following courses (all are three credits):

  • ED 515 Contemporary Issues in Special Education
  • ED 517 Assessment of Students with Special Needs
  • ED 518 Literacy Development Including Special Needs**
  • ED 519 A/B Curriculum Adaptations/Differentiated Instruction for Students with Special Needs*
  • ED 521 Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Classrooms
  • ED 523 Sheltered English Immersion Teaching
  • ED 502 Initial Practicum/Seminar

** Field-based experiences require candidates to spend a minimum of 80 hours in school settings. While in a school, candidates observe, tutor, and where possible teach in both small- and large-group settings.

Effective July 2014

MAT - Professional Licensure Program - Moderate Special Needs (pre-K–8; 5–12) - Model B (15 Credits)

Candidates who have completed the 21-credit Moderate Special Needs Initial Licensure at the post-baccalaureate level at Regis College and wish to earn a master's degree and professional licensure must complete the following 3-credit courses:

  • ID 510 or ID 511 Natural Sciences in the Classroom
  • ID 512 or ID 513 Humanities in the Classroom
  • ID 514 Social Sciences in the Classroom
  • ED 610 Research Seminar
  • ED 516 Development Issues and Learning in Children with Special Needs


Effective July 2014

MAT Degree Program - Professional Licensure Program - Model A (30 credits)

Candidates who have already earned their initial licensure (generally in an undergraduate program) and wish to earn a master's degree and professional licensure must complete the following 3-credit courses:

  • ED 512 Children's Language and Learning
  • ED 516 Developmental Issues and Learning in Children with Special Needs
  • ID 510 and ID 511 Natural Sciences in the Classroom
  • ID 512 and ID 513 Humanities in the Classroom
  • ID 514 Social Sciences in the Classroom
  • ED 520 Children's Literature
  • ED 610 Research Seminar
  • ED 611 Clinical Practicum


Students employed as Catholic school teachers are eligible for a graduate education scholarship in addition to financial aid. Please contact Judith Costello or the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.

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MAT-Degree Only

The Graduate Education Department also offers a 10-course (30 credits) Master's Degree in Special Education. This degree does not include the licensure component. Candidates complete the following courses: **

  • ED 515 Contemporary Issues in Special Education
  • ED 517 Assessment of Students with Special Needs
  • ED 518 Literacy Development Including Special Needs
  • ED 519 A/B Curriculum Adaptations/Differentiated Instruction
  • ED 521 Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs
  • ED 523 Sheltered English Immersion Teaching or
  • ID 512 Humanities in the Classroom or
  • ID 513 Humanities in the Classroom
  • ED 516 Developmental Issues and Learning in Children with Special Needs
  • ID 510 Natural Sciences in the Classroom or
  • ID 511 Natural Sciences in the Classroom
  • ID 514 Social Sciences in the Classroom
  • ED 610 Research in Education

** Review is made of undergraduate transcript as well as present/future career opportunities to see if any course adjustments need to be made.


Upcoming Course Schedules

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MTEL Information

  • In order to be accepted into the initial licensure program, candidates must pass the Communication/Literacy Test portion of the MTEL while taking the first two courses in the initial licensure program
  • In order to register for the practicum, candidates must pass the Foundations of Reading Test and the General Curriculum Multi-Subject Test and the Mathematics Sub-test portions of the MTEL.

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Courses Education Pathway

Contact Information


t 781-768-7421
e judith.costello@regiscollege.edu

Dean's Office


t 781-768-7155
e slaess@regiscollege.edu
Regis College: Graduate Department