2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (5-12) 36-40 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Teacher License in Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (5-12) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Moderate Disabilities program seeks to educate reflective practitioners who can develop appropriate strategies for educating students with disabilities in the least restrictive environments. 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 14-week practicum experience provides practice and refinement of skills in a variety of settings serving students with special needs.

As early in the program as possible, and before 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.)

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.

Core Courses (34 credits):

All of the following core courses must be completed prior to the practicum, and many courses include field-based assignments. ESPED 5100 must be taken in the first semester of study and may be taken concurrently with other courses.

ESPED 5100Contemporary Perspectives in Special Education


EEDUC 6100Adolescent Development in the Context of Families, Communities, and Schools


ESPED 6119Technology in Communication and Curriculum


EECLD 6116Sheltered English Instruction (5-12)


ESPED 6121Classroom Management and Behavior Support


ESPED 6014Reading and Writing for Diverse Learners


ESPED 6129Instructional Accommodations in English Language Arts and Social Studies (5-12)


ESPED 6105Instructional Accommodations in Math and Science (5-12)


ESPED 6134Designing Effective Individualized Education Programs


ESPED 6124Assessment in Special Education


ESPED 6132Collaboration with Professionals, Families, and Community


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 7718Practicum and Seminar in Moderate Disabilities (5-12)