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.

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Master's of Education Program teacher in classroom at Carroll School

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 helping student at Upper School cognitive development class


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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Fellowship for Teachers of Color

The Fellowship for Teachers of Color

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 great teachers. Federal data and numerous research reports confirm the need to diversify the teacher workforce. That's why we've established The Fellowship for Teachers of Color that provides to two teachers of color with a full scholarship for the collaborative residency-based masters degree and licensure program in Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 & 5-12 with Lesley University.

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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 17, 2021
  • Round two: February 18, 2022
  • Final Deadline: April 15, 2022

Teaching Master's Program

Step 1

Schedule a Visit

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

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
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)
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

Brianne Phelan - Carroll School Alumna

Brianne Phelan
Carroll Alumna & Masters' Program Graduate