Master of Education: Special Ed / Moderate Disabilities

Overview

Master of Education

Lasell’s M.Ed. in Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (grades Pre-K-8) will prepare you to educate students with moderate disabilities in both inclusive general education classrooms and classrooms specifically created for students with learning challenges.

The program is comprised of 36 credits of coursework and 300 hours of in-class experience:

  • 18 credits in required courses
  • 18 credits in licensure requirements
  • 300 hours (minimum) of student teaching experience in two classrooms (including inclusive general education classrooms) under the supervision of a qualified professional

Coursework includes identifying and supporting special needs learners; curriculum development and assessment for a diverse range of students; creating and maintaining an inclusive classroom; current policy, research, and strategies for maximizing student success; and an immersive practicum that allows you to put your learning into practice. If you’re seeking initial licensure, our program fits your needs and provides you with the tools and knowledge for a meaningful, rewarding career.

Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Core Courses
ED711 Curriculum & Assessment Diverse Learners 3
ED712 Literacy Instruction: Elementary 3
ED713 Reading Supports for Elementary Learners 3
ED761 Sheltered English Immersion 3
ED771 Understanding/Using Educational Research 3
ED772 Teacher as Researcher 3
ED773 Teacher as Leader 3
Initial Licensure
SPED711 Learners with Special Needs 3
SPED712 Curriculum & Resources in SPED 3
SPED721 Inclusive Education 3
SPED722 Policy, Law, & Disability 3
SPED795 Practicum: Moderate Disabilities PK - 8 6

*Students already SEI endorsed by the state will take ED773 - Teacher as Leader instead of ED761 - Sheltered English Immersion

Course Schedule

Spring Main Session, 1/17-5/4
Spring Session I, 1/17-3/7
Spring Session II, 3/21-5/9
Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
ED 772 Teacher as Researcher (Prereq ED771 B- or better) Hybrid: On-campus 1/26, 2/16, 3/9, 3/30, 4/13, (Wed)4/26 Hartmann, Elizabeth R 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 5/4
ED 772 Teacher as Researcher (Prereq ED771 B- or better) Hybrid: On-campus 1/19, 2/9, 3/2, 3/23, 4/6,  (Wed) 4/26 Rinaldi, Claudia R 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 5/4
ED 796 Practicum: Elementary (Prereq: Permission of Elizabeth Hartmann) Hybrid: On-campus 1/18, 2/08, 3/08, 4/5, 4/26 Benbasset, Sally W 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 5/4
SPED 795  Practicum: Moderate Disabilities PK-8 (Prereq: Permission of Elizabeth Hartmann) Hybrid: On-campus 1/18, 2/08, 3/08, 4/5, 4/26 Benbasset, Sally W 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 5/4
ED 712 Literacy Instruction: Elementary Hybrid: On-campus 1/19, 2/16, (Wed) 3/1 Maynard, Amy R 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 3/7
ED 721 Science & Tech Concepts/Curriculum Hybrid: On-campus 1/18, 2/8, 3/1 Daley, Michael W 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 3/7
SPED 712 Curriculum & Resources in Special Education Hybrid: On-campus 1/18, 2/8, 3/1 Madonna, Jennifer W 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 3/7
ED 713 Reading Supports for Elem Learners (Prereq: ED712 B- or better) Hybrid: On-campus 3/21, 4/4, (Wed) 4/26, 5/2 Rinaldi, Claudia T 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 3/21 - 5/9
SPED 721 Inclusive Education Hybrid: On-campus 3/22, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3 Madonna, Jennifer W 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 3/21 - 5/9

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell College's M.Ed. graduate degree programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required.  The TOEFL may be waived for students whose native language is English or students who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework*
  3. MTEL Communication & Literacy reading and writing subtests (Information on the MTEL is available here.)
  4. Two professional letters of recommendation from either faculty or employers
  5. A one page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
  6. Resume

*Recommended minimum GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate coursework. You may complete up to 6 credits as a non-matriculated student while you work toward these requirements, but will not be allowed to register for more than 6 credits.

Materials should be addressed to:

The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell College
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466

Additional program requirements:

Coursework
You must complete a course in child or human development by the completion of 18 credits in the M.Ed. program.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
As an approved Massachusetts teacher licensure program, Lasell incorporates requirements for passing required sections of the MTEL:

  • Communication & Literacy, Reading Subtest - by the completion of 6 graduate credits
  • Communication & Literacy, Writing Subtest - by the completion of 6 graduate credits
  • Foundations of Reading*
  • General Curriculum: Multi-subject*
  • General Curriculum: Math*

*These tests may be completed in any order by the completion of  12, 18 and 27 graduate credits