2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

Licensure Only: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) 22-37 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) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This licensure-only program is designed to prepare skilled and reflective practitioners to work with children with a range of mild to moderate disabilities at the PreK-8 grade levels, and prepares teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities in the least restrictive environments in public and private schools, clinical settings, and collaborative programs.

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.)

Program Prerequisite: Initial Teacher License in Early Childhood (PreK-2), Elementary (1-6), or Middle School (5-8)

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.

Required Courses (22-37 credits):

All of the following required 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


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


ESPED 6014Reading and Writing for Diverse Learners


EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)


ESPED 6121Classroom Management and Behavior Support


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


ESPED 6124Assessment in Special Education


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


ESPED 6134Designing Effective Individualized Education Programs


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; and satisfactory completion of appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) requirements. This full-time, full-semester experience is accompanied by a seminar and requires a field experience fee.

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