Overview & Career Outcomes

Lasell's M.Ed. in Special Education/Moderate Disabilities (grades Pre K-8) will prepare you to educate students with moderate disabilities in inclusive general education classrooms and classrooms specifically created for students with learning challenges. Gain professional licensure to begin, or enhance, your career as an educator.

An in-depth, flexible format

  • 39 credits of coursework: 18 credits in required courses, 21 credits in licensure requirements
  • 300 hours (minimum) of student teaching experience in two classrooms (including inclusive general education classrooms)
  • 8-week modules are flexible, convenient, and affordable
  • The program is offered in a blended or hybrid format, which combines on-campus coursework with online learning
  • To develop connections with professors and classmates, most classes have 3 on-campus meetings in an 8-week term designed for working professionals from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
  • Students have 24/7 access to their courses

Engaged faculty

The Lasell Master of Education: Special Education/Moderate Disabilities is 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. This research project 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 special education.  

Meaningful impact

Whether you're considering 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 students' lives. 

Rewarding careers

Lasell's Master of Education in Special Education: Moderate Disabilities program will provide rich professional experience and the required licensure to position you to effect real change in the lives of students.  Students graduate with job offers in choice classrooms.  Below is a sample of school districts where our M.Ed. graduates have job placements:

Some of the school districts where our M.Ed. graduates have job placements:

  • Acton
  • Arlington
  • Avon
  • Bedford
  • Bolton
  • Boston
  • Brookline
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Chelmsford
  • Dedham
  • Framingham
  • Foxborough
  • Hamilton
  • Lexington
  • Marshfield
  • Medford
  • Milton
  • Needham
  • Newton
  • Plymouth
  • Needham
  • North Reading
  • Norton
  • Quincy
  • Reading
  • Sandwich
  • Sherborn
  • Stoneham
  • Walpole
  • Waltham
  • Wayland
  • Wellesley
  • Wilmington
  • Yarmouth



Note: Lasell offers licensure and non-licensure degree programs in education that are designed to meet the licensure requirements 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 licensure requirements in other states, please visit the Licensure Disclosure page.

Additional ways to pay for your Master of Education initial licensure program

  • Graduate Assistantships offered - get professional experience while earning your master's and get paid a stipend
  • Guaranteed practicum placements in high-quality partner schools
  • Scholarships - Lasell offers some partial and full scholarships for M.Ed students


At Lasell, our curriculum provides you with the foundation of education, research, evaluation and education policy and will prepare you with teaching strategies to become an effective educator for students with special education and moderate disability needs. Available in both hybrid and online synchronous formats.

Please note: If you have already taken ED761 Sheltered English Immersion, you will take ED773 Teacher as a Leader.  If you have not previously taken an SEI class, then you would take ED761 Sheltered English Immersion and not take ED773 Teacher as Leader class. 

Get information on our Course Schedules.

3 credits
Curriculum & Assessment Diverse Learners
3 credits
Teacher as Researcher
3 credits
Practicum: Moderate Disabilities, Pre-K-8
6 credits
Learners with Special Needs
3 credits
Curriculum & Resources in SPED
3 credits
Inclusive Education
3 credits
Policy, Law, & Disability
3 credits


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. A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
  4. Resume

MTELS are not required for admission but students must pass the exams before their practicum.

International Applicants:

This program is not F-1 eligible and is not available to international students.

Materials should be submitted through MyPortal or emailed to gradinfo@lasell.edu:
The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell University
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466

Questions about your application? Call/text us today at 617-243-2400!

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 and helps students with tutoring for MTEL test preparation:

  • 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.