Master's Degree of Education

A collaboration among Carroll School, Lesley University and Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (BB&N), The Angela Wilkins Program of Graduate Studies in Education is two dynamic programs each leading to a full Massachusetts initial license and a Master’s degree in Education: Moderate Disabilities - Pre-K - Grade 8 and Moderate Disabilities - Grades 5 - 12.

These intensive fourteen-month programs start in early June and end in the following summer. Graduate interns take courses at Carroll School and Lesley University and student teach in classrooms at Carroll and/or BB&N. Unlike other programs, graduate students receive nationally-accredited Orton-Gillingham training, at no additional cost.

Chantei Alves '23 and Amanda Lewis'23 share about their valuable experiences in the program and the impact the Compass Fellowship had on their ability to participate in the yearlong intensive master's program.

Zoe Norcross '04 shares how her experiences as a 2004 Carroll School alumna and 2020 graduate of the Angela Wilkins Program for Graduate Studies in Education shaped her current position as a Carroll School teacher and tutor.

Graduate intern Julia Schleppi shares how the immersive program is preparing her to become a teacher for children with learning disabilities.

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Masters program for special education moderate disabilities

Our Guiding Principle

We believe that teacher trainees who are immersed in the classroom under the guidance of a master teacher are better prepared to step into a classroom. Graduate students experience all hands-on aspects of everyday teaching - mentor/mentee collaboration, curriculum/lesson design, teaching principles, behavior management, classroom design, professional portfolios, parent conferences, formal and informal student assessments.

Teacher teaching class to graduate students in education


Graduate interns take courses at Carroll and Lesley, in such topics as:

  • Contemporary Perspectives in Special Education
  • Classroom Management & Behavior Support
  • Reading & Writing for Diverse Learners
  • Math, Science, Social Studies, ELA
  • Assistive Technology
  • Assessment in Special Education
  • And more

Get the full 2020-21 Course Listings:
Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K - Gr 8)
Moderate Disabilities (Gr 5-12)

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Masters Fellowship for Teachers of Color

Compass Fellowship

In an effort to address the greatest need of each child, we recognize that diversity and inclusivity are essential to a child’s learning experience, as are effective teachers. The Fellowship is a 12-month intensive residency-based graduate program. It provides an opportunity for 2educators from historically marginalized communities to obtain a collaborative masters degree and licensure in Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 & 5-12 with Lesley University, including free Orton-Gillingham training and certification. In addition to fellowship monies, both fellows receive a living stipend.

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How to Apply

The application process is rolling. Applications are reviewed as they are received and decisions are made on a space available basis in 3 rounds according to this schedule:

  • Round one: December 15, 2023
  • Round two: February 16, 2024
  • Final Deadline: April 12, 2024

Schedule a visit to learn more about the Graduate Program in Education

Step 1

Schedule a Visit

Email Haley Cormier or call her at 781-314-9832 to schedule a visit to Carroll School.


Prepare for your visit to the M.Ed program for special ed teachers

Step 2

Prepare for Your Visit

Prior to your visit, please email us the following:

  • Current resume
  • Unofficial college transcript
Complete an application for the Lesley University Masters in Education program

Step 3

Complete the Application

Go to the Lesley Online Application Form to login or sign up for a new account. Complete the following:

  • Application form
  • Official college transcript emailed to or mailed to: Lesley University, Graduate Admissions Services, 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Three letters of recommendation (form + letter in the online app)
  • Written statement (2-3 pages)
  • Evidence of having registered or taken or passed the Communications & Literacy Skills MTEL
  • Teaching certificates and licenses (if applicable)
Submit an application for Lesley University Graduate Program in Education

Step 4

Submit Application

Once your application is completed online, our Admission Committee will review each application and notify applicants of acceptance into the program. Please note that acceptance is by rolling admissions.

As a graduate intern at Carroll, I was surrounded by the most knowledgeable teaching professionals I’ve ever worked with. Not only are they experts in the courses they teach, but the teachers also have a unique understanding about how different brains learn. I grew so much as a teacher.

Kevin Tierney, Graduate

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