2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) and Severe Disabilities (All Levels) 48-61 credits

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) and Initial License in Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This program is designed for students who are seeking two licenses within their Master's program. Upon completion, students will be eligible for an Initial teacher license in moderate disabilities (PreK-8) and an Initial teacher license in severe disabilities (all levels). The joint program prepares educators to teach culturally and linguistically diverse students with a range of disabilities in public, private, clinical, and collaborative settings. Two 14-week practica are required to complete the program.

As early in the program as possible, and before each 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 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 shared and associated courses must be completed prior to each practicum, and many courses include field-based assignments.

Shared Coursework (16 credits):

EEDUC 5100 must be taken in the first semester of study and may be taken concurrently with other courses.
ESPED 5100Contemporary Perspectives in Special Education

3

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

3

EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)

4

ESPED 6134Designing Effective Individualized Education Programs

3

ESPED 6132Collaboration with Professionals, Families, and Community

3

Moderate Disabilities Coursework (15 credits):

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

3

ESPED 6124Assessment in Special Education

3

ESPED 6121Classroom Management and Behavior Support

3

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

3

ESPED 6014Reading and Writing for Diverse Learners

3

Moderate Disabilities 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)

6

Severe Disabilities Coursework (18 credits):

ESPED 5113Functional Curriculum and Educational Planning: Severe Special Needs

3

ESPED 5116Curriculum Frameworks and Inclusive Strategies

3

ESPED 6107Assessment and Educational Planning: Severe Special Needs

3

ESPED 6127Literacy and Numeracy for Children with Significant Special Needs

3

ESPED 6135Prevention and Intervention: Severe and Challenging Behavior

3

ESPED 6119Technology in Communication and Curriculum

3

Severe Disabilities 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 7719Practicum and Seminar in Severe Disabilities

6