2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

Accelerated M.Ed. in Inclusive Special Education (38 or 41 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 (PreK-8); Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (5-12); or Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

This program provides the knowledge and skills to teach, support, and advocate for individuals with disabilities, and is grounded in evidence-based practices including curriculum, assessment, specialized instruction, positive behavioral support, and collaboration. Each licensure option requires coursework with field-based assignments, a supervised pre-practicum experience, and a supervised 14-week practicum that provides application and refinement of skills across settings serving students with Individual Educational Programs.

Program Prerequisites: Initial Teacher License from Lesley University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Early Childhood (Prek-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-8) or High School (8-12) with SEI endorsement. All courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Practicum Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of core and license-specific courses, pre-practicum hours, and appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). This full-time, full-semester experience is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee.

Practicum prerequisites: Successful completion of a pre-practicum requirement and required pre-practicum course; 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.

Orientation Requirement: accepted students must complete a new student orientation at the start of their first semester (taken in conjunction with ESPED 5020).

Program of Study

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

Shared Coursework (29 credits)

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

ESPED 5020The Special Education Profession: Orientation & Overview

1

ESPED 5100Inclusion, Social Justice, and Disability

3

ESPED 6130Speech, Language, and AAC

3

EWKSP 6131Pre-Practicum: Inclusive Special Education

0

ESPED 5114Universal Curriculum Design and Assistive Technology

3

ESPED 6124Formal Assessment in Special Education

3

ESPED 6134Developing IEPs in Collaboration with Schools and Families

3

ESPED 6107Assessment for Instructional Design and Decision Making

3

ESPED 6014Targeted Reading and Writing Instruction

3

ESPED 6128Targeted Math and Science Instruction: Access and Fluency

3

ESPED 6143Positive Behavior Support: Shifts in Paradigms and Practices

4

Taken in Junior Year: ESPED 5100

Taken in Senior Year: ESPED 5114

Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) Courses (9 credits):

EEDUC 6173Literacy in the Disciplines (1-6)

3

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

6

Moderate Disabilities (5-12 ) Courses (9 credits)

ESPED 6150Laying the Groundwork: Fundamentals of Transition

3

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

6

Severe Disabilities Required Coursework 12 credits

ESPED 6154Curriculum, Instruction, and Supports: Severe Disabilities

3

ESPED 7719Practicum and Seminar in Severe Disabilities

6

ESPED 7719Practicum and Seminar in Severe Disabilities

6