Academics

Courses of Study

The Moderate Disabilities Program offers three courses of study:

  1. Graduate Certificate Leading to Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12)

Individuals completing this Certificate fulfill the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for Initial Licensure as Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities. The Certificate offers matriculated students a 27-credit sequence of course work, including 75 hours of monitored pre-practicum field-based experience and a minimum semester-long supervised practicum (including at least 75 hours in an inclusive setting). The Initial License is valid for five years. Certificate courses are also part of the M.Ed. Leading to Successive Licensure in Moderate Disabilities.

*For teachers who currently hold an initial licensure in elementary education, the courses in this Certificate fulfill requirements for Professional Licensure in Elementary Education and Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities, resulting in dual licensure.

  1. M.Ed. Leading to Successive Licensures in Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12)

For those seeking both Initial Licensure and Professional Licensure in Moderate Disabilities within a Master’s degree, we offer a 39-credit graduate program which meets the academic requirements for both licenses. This program focuses on using data-based teaching practices to develop academic and social skills in a range of learners, emphasizing strategies to combat disproportional representation. The core courses emphasize cross-disciplinary instruction informed by assessment and adapted for a range of learners, including those whose first language is other than English. In the capstone project, students implement units they have developed and evaluate the impact of this instruction on their own students.

*Students who completed the 27-credit Graduate Certificate Leading to Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities Program can continue in this Master’s program. They are only required to take four additional courses, which fulfill the academic requirements for both Professional Licensure in Moderate Disabilities and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.

  1. M.Ed. leading to Non-Licensure

This Master's degree track is prepared for individuals who are not seeking teacher licenses, but are interested in gaining knowledge and skills in working with students with mild to moderate disabilities.