Master of Education Concentration in Special Education

Note: Offered only through the international programs of the C. Louis Cedrone International Education Center.This program is only offered to teachers living and working abroad. It does not have any attachments such as licensure.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Robert Freyermuth

Program Advisors: Dr. Robert Freyermuth and Dr. Marguerite Mahler

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Special Education prepared the overseas teacher to teach students with Moderate Disabilities.

Program Requirements

This program requires successful completion of twelve (12) courses. An oral comprehensive examination is required of all students as the culminating experience. A professional portfolio must be completed and presented prior to the oral comprehensive examination as part of the degree program. The exam is taken during the student’s final semester of study.

Education Core Courses (3)

  • EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice
  • EDUC 998 Language Developments and Communication
  • EDUC 999 Research and Evaluation (recommended after completion of three Content or Concentration courses)

Concentration Courses (8)

  • LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction
  • LTRC 930 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • SPED 937 Connecting Mathematical Concepts and Teaching
  • SPED 956 Curriculum Development and Modification
  • SPED 960 Assessment of Learning Problems
  • SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Children with Special Needs
  • SPED 963 Behavior and Classroom Management
  • SPED 964 Collaborative Educational Planning 

Electives (1)

All students must select an elective course from an academic content area.

Note: This program is only offered to teachers living and working abroad. It does not have any attachments such as licensure.

Portfolio Requirement for a Master’s Degree in the International Education Programs

As a culminating experience, each matriculated student, in the International Education Program (IEP) and Framingham State University is required to complete a portfolio to be submitted at the end of the final course and sent to the IEP office at Framingham State University. 

The portfolio includes an introductory page plus ten typed pages one for each course and an overall summary composed of the following parts:

  1. An introductory page of one or two paragraphs that gives a brief biographical sketch about you as a student and professional educator.
  2. For each course, a summary of an assignment, project or course experience that was especially meaningful to you.  A self-reflective statement that discusses how each course contributes to your ability to become a more effective educator and lifelong learner.  This part should also discuss how you plan to apply what you learned from this course.
  3. At the conclusion of all course work, the student should prepare a summary statement that describes how the overall program has contributed to you professionally as an educator and a lifelong learner.

The portfolio is reviewed by a faculty committee of The International Education Program to determine if it has met the requirements stated above and will receive a Pass/Fail grade. It will be filed in the C. Louis Cedrone International Education Center at Framingham State University.  Students should submit the portfolio within thirty days after their final course.  The degree will not be granted until the portfolio has been graded and approved.

Admission Requirements              

  1. The applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. The applicant must have a minimum undergraduate minimum grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. The applicant must submit satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.


Effective as of the 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog