2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Elementary Education (1-6) and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) 52-62 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Teacher Licenses in Elementary (1-6) and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This joint program is designed for students who are seeking two Initial teacher licenses within a single Master's degree program--one in elementary education and another in teaching students with moderate disabilities. The program provides participants with the knowledge, skills, experiences, and supports needed to become effective, licensed teachers in 21st century schools, and prepares them to teach in general education, special education, and/or inclusive settings. Culturally responsive teaching, equity, inclusion, differentiated and adapted instruction, interdisciplinary teaching, the common-core standards, legal and ethical considerations, assessment and the IEP process, are the focus in certain courses, but they are also integrated throughout the program. Candidates build deep relationships with schools as they practice teaching in a variety of settings through coursework, early field and practicum experiences. There are two 14-week practica, one in elementary education (1-6) and one in moderate disabilities (PreK-8).

Program Prerequisite: An approved child development course completed with a grade of B or better. Without such a course, students may be accepted into the program but must take EEDUC 5122 Development and Learning: Psycho-social Perspectives in Education in their first semester of study.

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

Program of Study

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

Courses may be waived based on previous coursework, which may reduce the total number of program credits.

All required courses must be completed prior to practica, unless approved by academic advisor, and many courses include field-based assignments.

Required Courses (40-50 credits):

Courses are listed in the intended sequence. Any changes must be approved in consultation with academic advisor.

ESPED 5100Contemporary Perspectives in Special Education

3

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

3

ESPED 5114Designing Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom

3

EEDUC 5102Teaching Elementary School Mathematics

3

CMATH 6108Constructing Mathematical Understanding for Number Theory

3

ESPED 6124Assessment in Special Education

3

ESPED 6121Classroom Management and Behavior Support

3

ESPED 6014Reading and Writing for Diverse Learners

3

EEDUC 5135STEM in the Elementary School: Thinking with Evidence

3

EEDUC 5136Integrating Social Studies into the Elementary Classroom

3

EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)

4

EEDUC 6173Literacy in the Disciplines (1-6)

3

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

3

ESPED 6134Designing Effective Individualized Education Programs

3

EEDUC 6633Connecting Theory to Practice: School-Based Pre-Practicum

4

ESPED 6132Collaboration with Professionals, Families, and Community

3

Practica (12 credits):

EEDUC 7733Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education (1-6)

6

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

6

EEDUC 7733 Requirements: While early field-based experiences are encouraged and courses have field-based assignments, the required 75-hour early field experience is integrated within the course EEDUC 6633 Connecting Theory to Practice: School-Based Pre-Practicum.

ESPED 7717 Requirements: As early in the program as possible, and prior to ESPED 7717, 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.)

Before enrolling in practica, students must complete the required pre-practicum courses and pass the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). These full-time, full-semester practica are accompanied by weekly seminars and each requires a field experience fee.