Special Education: Individually Designed Program

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Non-Licensure

Gain targeted skills for teaching students with disabilities.

This flexible, advanced-level program allows you to design an area of study that best suits your personal, intellectual, and career growth. Choose a concentration, such as English as a Second Language, technology, autism spectrum disorder, early childhood, curriculum development, assessment, or literacy. Take related elective courses from across the university. A research or field-based project lets you put new skills to practical use.

You have specific career goals. We work with you so you can meet them. Here, you’ll be guided by faculty who are experienced practitioners, in small classes with personalized attention. You’ll start with a seminar in special education that will let you explore your area of interest and future direction. Then, working with an advisor, you’ll choose five concentration courses and five elective courses. Finish the program with new skills and self-determination.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

33 Credits
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our moderate and severe disabilities programs prepare you to:
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John Dickson ’97

An Individually Designed M.Ed. program graduate, John is a high school civics and government teacher. He won an American Civic Education Teacher Award for his “exceptional expertise, dynamism, and creativity in motivating students to learn about the Constitution, Congress, and public policy.” In his classes, he teaches what he calls the “habits of citizenship."

Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts according to the National Education Association.
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one.
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Stringer Keefe
Special Education
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe
Elizabeth's work and research at the university focuses on special education teacher preparation for educators who work with autistic students; teacher education policy, most recently the Massachusetts autism teacher endorsement; and assistive technology. Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in public and private education settings, as a teacher, consultant and critical friend to various non-profits. Elizabeth is president of Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children.
Where You'll Work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Special Education: Individually Designed Program
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 33
  • Fees
    Registration Fees
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    Activity Fees
    Materials Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
  • Total
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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
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