Special Education, MEd (Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities) (Initial Licensure, Pre-K-8 or 5-12)

Hybrid (Online + Campus)
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In Short

Meets teacher, candidate, and PreK-12 district needs.

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What will I do?
  • 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

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Degree Overview

These programs are designed to prepare students for careers in teaching children with disabilities.

In addition to what's above, this program prepares graduates to:

  • 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

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

Total Credits

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

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as two years, you have six years to complete the program.

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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, '14

Degrees and Other Information

Tuition and Fees

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.

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