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Special Education (MEd, Moderate Disabilities) (hybrid)

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Degree Overview

The Special Education Department has developed a variety of innovative master’s programs to meet teacher, candidate and PreK-12 district needs. Programs for moderate disabilities include Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) and Moderate Disabilities (5-12). These programs are designed to prepare students for careers in teaching children with disabilities.

The program prepares graduates to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the field of special education, including legislation and litigation that has affected the rights of individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate competence in teaching that leads to success for all students in the least restrictive environment
  • Evaluate students to determine their educational needs and to design appropriate programs
  • Collaborate with teachers and parents to develop effective teaching strategies that will enhance student’s learning
  • Demonstrate sensitivity, understanding and respect for children and adults from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds

Requirements and Curriculum

Initial Licensure Pre-K-8
Initial Licensure 5-12
Two-Year Course Rotation (Pre-K-8) (PDF)
Two-Year Course Rotation (5-12) (PDF)

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I love the program, the involvement of the professors, and the well-rounded classes. I am learning so much that is applicable to my profession.
– Melody Stockdale
This program has given me the knowledge and confidence to manage many different situations that may arise in a special education classroom. This degree along with my experience has helped me obtain the job of my dreams. I found the professors to be experts in the field and a wealth of information. The staff involved in the program are able to offer experience based knowledge and guidance at each and every step along the way.
– Brian Whalen

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Programs at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Passing scores for the Communication and Literacy subtest of the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL) or copy of initial teaching license
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.


This is a hybrid program, with limited Saturday sessions for select classes designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration.

Total Credits

Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K-8): 39 credits
Moderate Disabilities (5-12): 39 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

Career Opportunities

The Moderate Disabilities Graduate Program provides teachers with the opportunity to work with individuals with special needs at the indicated levels. Career options include, but may not be limited to:

  • Inclusion Teacher/Specialist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Resource Room Teacher

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