5th Year Program for Assumption College Undergraduates (Fifth Year Option)

Fifth Year Option for the Master of Arts in Special Education -
Initial License

The Special Education program offers a special five-year program that enables an Assumption College undergraduate student to complete requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts degree in an area of the liberal arts and sciences and the Master of Arts in Special Education degree leading to eligibility for the Massachusetts Initial License for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12). Students enrolled in this program will be eligible for Massachusetts licensure as elementary, middle, or secondary teacher and teacher of students with moderate disabilities. Undergraduate students who are admitted to the graduate program on early decision must be eligible for an Initial License as elementary, middle, or secondary teacher. If admitted to the program, they may begin taking graduate courses during the senior year and complete the master's degree requirements in a fifth year of study at the College.

Assumption undergraduate students who are considering early admission for the fifth-year master's program should consult with the 5th year program advisor during the spring semester of the junior year to discuss eligibility and application procedures, and to plan a course of study.

Admission Requirements for Fifth Year Option

Assumption College undergraduates who seek early admission to the Master of Arts in Special Education program must meet the following standards:

  • Have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in their major field of study.
  • Have a major in one of the core academic subjects taught in 5-8 or 8-12 for which the Massachusetts Department of Education issues a license and for which the College has a state approved program.

For additional admission requirements, please contact the Special Education program office at 508-767-7297.