Lasell's M.Ed. in Curriculum, Leadership, and Inclusion (grades Pre K - 8) provides the foundation and professional qualifications needed to lead a dynamic, inclusive, and engaging classroom and to provide coaching and leadership support to teachers in the field. Gain professional qualifications to begin or enhance your career as an elementary-level educator.
What you will learn
- Be a leader that addresses the growing diversity of student needs in schools, not-for-profits, and other education related contexts nationally and internationally.
- Respond to the needs of society including addressing cultural and linguistic diversity, academic differences and disability, marginalization and discrimination in education. curriculum, and application and evaluation of inclusive models of instruction and leadership.
- Consume and understand the latest educational research and link the research to practice, divide and address societal issues related to activism, advocacy, and education for all students.
An in-depth, flexible format
- 36 credits of coursework: 18 credits in required courses, 18 credits in-focus areas of leadership and inclusion
- The program is done in our blended format, which combines on-campus coursework with online learning
- 8-week modules are flexible, convenient, and affordable
- Options for licensure in Elementary 1-6th grade or Moderate Disabilities Pre K through 8th grade can be secured through our other master’s programs. A Certificate program in Teaching Bilingual English Learners with Disabilities is also available.
A community of learners
Our faculty is made up of experts in elementary education who are well versed in current trends and practices, engaged in meaningful research and publication, and present regularly at conferences. Lasell professors are invested in forging real relationships and consistently go the extra mile to counsel and mentor their students.
Valuable professional experiences
Put your learning into practice through an immersive practicum: a research project that provides students the opportunity to design and execute an in-depth study on a topic of interest that can be applied to your role in schools as a teacher, coach, specialist, or school and district leader. This unparalleled opportunity will help to prepare you to be a change agent in the classroom and a leader in the field of education.
Whether you're thinking of beginning a career as an elementary educator or are already working in a classroom or school and hope to become a school or district leader, Lasell's Master of Education in Curriculum, Leadership, and Inclusion program will provide rich professional experience and leadership preparation to position you to effect real change in the lives of all students.
At Lasell, our curriculum provides you with the foundation of education, Leadership, inclusion and education policy and will prepare you with teaching strategies to become a highly effective non-licensure educator.
Please note: Students are also required to take 2 electives that can be picked from any of the graduate course offerings.
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.
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.
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.
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 with CPHS approval. Prerequisite: completion of at least 21 credits in the graduate education program. Requires presenting proposal in symposium setting
This course focuses on conducting, refining, completing, analyzing, reporting, and presenting the research project designed in ED 771 in research paper format and presentation. Requires presenting findings in symposium setting. Prerequisite: ED 771.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. graduate degree programs are only offered part-time to domestic students.
Admission Requirements Checklist:
- Online application
- Official transcripts of all college-level coursework *
- A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
*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
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.