2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

Accelerated Dual Degree M.Ed. in Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) 36 credits

For College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Early Childhood and Elementary Education Majors 

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial License in Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Moderate Disabilities program seeks to educate reflective practitioners who can develop age-appropriate strategies for educating students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Courses focus on current issues in special education, special education law, non-discriminatory assessment, access to the academic curriculum for all students, issues of cultural and linguistic diversity, new technologies, and collaboration with families and service providers. The program includes coursework and field-based assignments, and a 14-week practicum experience that provides practice and refinement of skills in a variety of settings serving students with special needs.

As early in the program as possible, and prior to the practicum, students must complete a 75-hour early field experience in a classroom appropriate to the license sought. In some cases, recent appropriate classroom experience may be used to document this requirement. (This is not a credit-bearing course, and there are no fees required.)

Program Requirement: An Initial Teacher License in Early Childhood (Prek-2) or Elementary (1-6)

Orientation Requirement: Accepted students must complete a new student orientation at the start of their first semester.

Note: The SEI Endorsement will be obtained at the undergraduate level.

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Required Courses (30 credits):

All of the required courses must be completed prior to the practicum, and many courses include field-based assignments.

ESPED 5100Contemporary Perspectives in Special Education


ESPED 5114Designing Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom


ESPED 6130Speech, Language, and Communication: Development, Disorders, and AAC


ESPED 6014Reading and Writing for Diverse Learners


ESPED 6122Instructional Accommodations in English Language Arts and Social Studies (PreK-8)


ESPED 6128Instructional Accommodations in Math and Science (PreK-8)


ESPED 6121Classroom Management and Behavior Support


ESPED 6124Assessment in Special Education


ESPED 6134Designing Effective Individualized Education Programs


ESPED 6132Collaboration with Professionals, Families, and Community


Taken in Junior Year: ESPED 5100

Taken in Senior Year: ESPED 5114

Practicum (6 credits):

Prerequisites: Successful completion of a 75-hour early field experience and required pre-practicum courses; satisfactory completion of appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) requirements. This full-time, full-semester experience is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee.

ESPED 7717Practicum and Seminar in Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)