2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Inclusive Special Education: 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 in their schools and communities. It requires a combination of content and pedagogical course work with field-based assignments, a supervised pre-practicum experience, and a supervised 14-week practicum experience that provides application of skills across a variety of settings serving students with Individual Educational Programs.

Program prerequisites:

Active Initial or Professional teaching license with Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement

OR the following courses, completed with a grade of B or better

  • an approved child development or adolescent course (requirement varies depending on licensure area)

  • an approved general education math methods course

  • an approved general education literacy methods course

  • a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved SEI course/endorsement

Prerequisites may be waived based on previously-completed coursework or professional experience. Prior coursework must be completed with a grade of B or better. Students may be accepted into the program without the prerequisites and will develop an advisor-approved plan for completion of equivalent courses.

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

Practicum prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of core and license-specific courses, 100 pre-practicum hours, and appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). The full-time, full-semester practicum is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee.

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


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. Minimum program credits: 34.

Core courses (29 credits)

Please note that students will need to register for a zero-credit pre-practicum workshop, EWKSP 6131, concurrent with ESPED 6130.

ESPED 5020The Special Education Profession: Orientation & Overview


ESPED 5100Inclusion, Social Justice, and Disability


ESPED 6130Speech, Language, and AAC


EWKSP 6131Pre-Practicum: Inclusive Special Education


ESPED 5114Universal Curriculum Design and Assistive Technology


ESPED 6124Formal Assessment in Special Education


ESPED 6134Developing IEPs in Collaboration with Schools and Families


ESPED 6107Assessment for Instructional Design and Decision Making


ESPED 6014Targeted Reading and Writing Instruction


ESPED 6128Targeted Math and Science Instruction: Access and Fluency


ESPED 6143Positive Behavior Support: Shifts in Paradigms and Practices


Moderate PreK-8 Courses (12 credits)

One elective selected under the advisement of the academic advisor (3 credits)

EEDUC 6173Literacy in the Disciplines (1-6)


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


Moderate 5-12 Courses (12 credits)

EEDUC 6170Middle and High School Content Literacy


ESPED 6150Laying the Groundwork: Fundamentals of Transition


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


Severe Courses (12 credits)
ESPED 6154Curriculum, Instruction, and Supports: Severe Disabilities


ESPED 6150Laying the Groundwork: Fundamentals of Transition


ESPED 7719Practicum and Seminar in Severe Disabilities