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Master of Education: Special Ed / Moderate Disabilities


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.

Gain professional licensure to begin, or enhance, your career as an elementary-level educator
Students in the Master of Education in Special Education/Moderate Disabilities program will learn to:

  • Identify and support special needs learners
  • Plan and execute individualized, specialized education strategies
  • Develop curricula for a broad range of students
  • Create and maintain an inclusive classroom
  • Understand and interpret current educational policy and research
  • Maximize student success   

Note: Your program may lead to professional licensure which is valid in the state of Massachusetts. Licensure may be valid in other states but may require additional steps and cannot be guaranteed. To learn more about other state licensure reciprocity please visit the NC SARA Professional Licensure Directory 


    An in-depth, flexible format

    • 36 credits of coursework: 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)
    • The program is offered in a blended format, which combines on-campus coursework with online learning
    • 8-week modules are flexible, convenient, and affordable

    Engaged faculty
    The Lasell Master of Education: Special Education/Moderate Disabilities are taught by seasoned, full-time faculty members. They are not only dedicated educators, but also expert practitioners in the field of special education. As such, they are well versed in current trends and practices in school districts, engaged in meaningful research, and participate regularly in professional conferences. Lasell professors are invested in forging real relationships and consistently go the extra mile to counsel and mentor their students.

    Rich practical and professional experience
    Students in the program benefit from unique professional experiences, including everything from attending national conferences to undertaking self-driven research projects. Put your learning in the area of special education into practice through an immersive practicum - a research project that involves designing and executing an in-depth study on a topic of interest. By integrating hands-on learning with your classroom studies, Lasell will help prepare you to become a change agent in the classroom and a leader in the field of special education.  

    Meaningful impact
    Whether you're thinking of beginning a career as an educator or are already working in a classroom and hope to become the teacher of record, Lasell will provide rich professional experience and the required licensure to position you to effect real change in the lives of students. 


    Concentration Courses
    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
    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

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

    Course Schedule

    Spring 2020 Courses

    Course Number Name Format Instructor
    SPRING MAIN 1/22 - 5/11
    ED772 Teacher as Researcher Hybrid Fournier, Richard
    ED772 Teacher as Researcher Hybrid Fournier, Richard
    ED796 Practicum: Elementary Hybrid Madonna, Jennifer
    ED797 Pre-Practicum Hybrid Kelly, Patricia
    SPED795 Practicum: Moderate Disabilities PK - 8 Hybrid Madonna, Jennifer
    SPRING 1: 1/22 - 3/10
    ED721 Science & Technology Concepts/Curriculum Hybrid TBA
    SPED712 Curriculum & Resources in SPED Hybrid Rinaldi, Claudia
    SPRING 2: 3/23 - 5/11
    ED713 Reading Supports for Elementary Learners Hybrid Lefever, Stephanie
    SPED721 Inclusive Education Hybrid Madonna, Jennifer

    Admission Requirements

    Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University'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.  

    Lasell's M.Ed. programs are only offered part-time to domestic students.

    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. A one page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
    5. 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.
    **Students may be accepted on probation prior to completing the 
    MTEL Communication & Literacy subtests, but the Communication & Literacy subtests must be completed before registering for more than 6 credits. 

    Materials should be addressed to:

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

    Additional program requirements:

    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, however, two of which must be passed by the completion of  18 graduate credits. The third MTEL exam must be passed by the completion of 27 graduate credits.