Initial Licensure - Moderate Disabilities

Core Courses




ED711 - Curriculum & Assessment Diverse Learners

This course considers research, principles, and strategies for effective instruction and classroom organization, particularly in the context of supporting diverse learners and teaching in diverse settings. Topics include differentiated instruction, curriculum planning and resources, formal and informal assessments of student progress, modifications appropriate to meet linguistic and cultural differences, and accommodations for special needs learners. Requires classroom observations at multiple locations.

Curriculum & Assessment Diverse Learners

ED712 - Literacy Instruction: Elementary

This course explores literacy learning and teaching in grades 1 – 6. Topics include the role of phonemic awareness, phonics, and word analysis in reading and writing; the relationship among vocabulary development, comprehension, and fluency; formal and informal assessments to measure literacy development and guide classroom instruction; and effective instructional strategies and materials to support elementary learners in reading and writing. Includes focus on differentiating instruction for readers and writers with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Requires a pre-practicum.

Literacy Instruction: Elementary

ED713 - Reading Supports for Elementary Learners

This course examines formal and informal assessments of reading difficulties, especially those currently in use, and their analysis, interpretation, and application to classroom instruction and placement. Students explore strategies, materials, and modifications appropriate for classroom teachers, as well as specialized programs. Requires classroom observations. Prerequisite: ED 712.

Reading Supports for Elementary Learners

ED761 - Sheltered English Immersion

This course provides a grounding in current theory and practice related to teaching English Language Learners. In particular, students learn to effectively shelter their content instruction, so that ELL students can access curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy. Course includes a pre-practicum in license-appropriate classrooms. Prerequisite: ED 713 or Department permission. (3 credits) Formerly - ED773

Sheltered English Immersion

ED771 - Understanding/Using Educational Research

This course explores major paradigms of educational research, including concepts, methods, and terminology related to each. Students read, analyze, and discuss both seminal and current research in relevant areas; study trends in educational research; and apply findings to their own practice by designing a classroom-based research project. Prerequisite: completion of at least 21 credits in the graduate education program.

Understanding/Using Educational Research

ED772 - Teacher as Researcher

This course focuses on refining, completing, and reporting the research project designed in ED 771. Requires presenting findings in symposium setting. Prerequisite: ED 771.

Teacher as Researcher

ED773 - Teacher as Leader

This course explores various aspects of leadership and change in education, business, and other professions. Includes theories and models of leadership, organizational change and behavior, and policy analysis, as well as approaches to mentoring and coaching. Helps participants identify their own leadership styles and goals.

Teacher as Leader
Concentration Courses




SPED711 - Learners with Special Needs

This course provides information on characteristics of special needs learners, including physical, emotional, and learning disabilities, with a focus on how these needs may affect classroom organization, planning, and instruction. Introduces assessment, models of special education delivery, and multiple perspectives on educating special needs learners. Requires classroom observations.

Learners with Special Needs

SPED712 - Curriculum & Resources in SPED

This course provides experience in curriculum planning and instruction that meets the needs of special education learners with specific disabilities. Requires classroom observation and teaching.

Curriculum & Resources in SPED

SPED721 - Inclusive Education

This course provides knowledge and resources related to teaching special needs learners in an inclusive classroom. Topics include collaborating with other professionals to plan and deliver instruction, co-teaching, classroom management techniques, behavior interventions, assistive technology, and appropriate modifications, adaptations, and accommodations. Requires classroom observation and teaching.

Inclusive Education

SPED722 - Policy, Law, & Disability

This course provides in-depth understanding of federal and state laws and regulations related to special education. Introduces resources for special needs learners, parents or care-takers, and teachers, including school professionals, services available in area communities, advocacy groups, professional associations, mental health care professionals, and medical professionals. Includes focus on collaboration among these various groups to support special needs learners and their families. Recommended prerequisites: SPED 711, SPED 712.

Policy, Law, & Disability

SPED795 - Practicum: Moderate Disabilities PK - 8

This course provides a minimum of 300 hours of student teaching in two different classrooms under the supervision of qualified professionals. May be full time in an inclusive general education classroom or 75 hours in an inclusive general education classroom and 225 hours in a classroom for students with moderate disabilities. Includes a weekly seminar to discuss issues such as planning, teaching, collaboration, and moral and ethical aspects of teaching. Prerequisites: Pass all required MTEL; cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0; complete at least 27 credits in the graduate education program.

Practicum: Moderate Disabilities PK - 8

Elective chosen with Advisor from ED or SPED offerings

The Initial Licensure track curriculum is as follows:

  • 18 credits in required core courses
  • 18 credits in licensure requirements

The Education Department will review your transcripts for evidence of completing coursework in areas on the MTEL General Curriculum tests. You may be advised to complete additional coursework to support your success in the program. In particular, you MUST complete a course in child or human development by the completion of 18 credits in the M.Ed. program.

As an approved Massachusetts teacher licensure program, Lasell incorporates requirements for passing required sections of the licensure test, MTEL:

Communication & Literacy, reading subtest

By the completion of 6 graduate credits

Communication & Literacy, writing subtest

By the completion of 6 graduate credits

Pass any one of the following: (1) General Curriculum, multi-subject, (2) General Curriculum, mathematics, or (3) Foundations of reading

By the completion of 12 graduate credits

Pass any two of the following: (1) General Curriculum, multi-subject, (2) General Curriculum, mathematics, or (3) Foundations of reading

By the completion of 18 graduate credits

Pass all of the following: (1) General Curriculum, multi-subject, (2) General Curriculum, mathematics, or (3) Foundations of reading

Before entering the practicum