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Lasell Announces Two New Master of Education Programs

August 17, 2010

President Michael B. Alexander has announced the approval of new Master of Education degrees in Elementary Education and in Moderate Disabilities to be offered by Lasell College starting in January 2011. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved the new degrees on June 15. The Lasell Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new degree program June 23, 2008.

The approval of the new master's degrees is part of Lasell College's Strategic Plan to offer four new graduate-level programs by 2012. The two master's degrees in education represent the third and fourth new degrees to complete the approval process. Lasell's M.S. in Communication degree began in Spring 2009 and an M.S. in Sport Management begins in September 2010.

"The expansion of and diversification of offerings at the graduate level is central to the growth of the College; this new degree is very significant in that it both serves this cause as well as providing new opportunities for enriching the quality of our teacher education programming," said Jim Ostrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs for Lasell College.

The new degree program is geared toward those seeking to begin or advance a career in education and builds upon the college's established undergraduate licensure programs. The College's Master of Education will offer online and hybrid courses leading to initial and professional licensure in elementary education or moderate disabilities, grades pre-kindergarten through 8.

The M.Ed. program includes 12 courses (36 credits), built around a six-course core curriculum featuring extensive field experiences through which students connect learning theories to their practical applications in classrooms. The program culminates in a two-semester capstone experience focused on a student-designed classroom-based research project.