Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5–12)

License-Only, Initial Licensure Program

Become a skilled educator of students with disabilities.

Discover how to give students with moderate disabilities learning opportunities that will prepare them for success in life. If you have a Massachusetts initial license in middle or high school, you can take this program to explore issues in special education, technology, communication, and reading and writing. Design curriculum and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Learn to teach subject area content, manage a classroom, and collaborate with families. Come study with faculty who believe that equal education is a right. 

You take special education seriously, and so do we. At Lesley, you’ll prepare to become a lifelong advocate for your students.

We believe in the competence of every individual, and equal access to quality education. Here, you’ll learn how to express those beliefs in your teaching. Study how technology such as adaptive devices can be used to assist students. Explore issues in speech, language, and communication. Discover how to develop a variety of strategies for modifying curriculum. And because evaluating students is a responsibility of all special educators, you’ll also focus on assessment issues. 

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

22–37 credits
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Student Teaching

Student teaching, a requirement of all initial licensure programs, is an opportunity to apply new skills to an active classroom environment and receive feedback from your supervising teachers and faculty. All placements are in an appropriate Massachusetts school, and are set up through our field placement office.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our license-only moderate disabilities program prepares you to:
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.
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Special Education
Dr. Barbara Govendo
Barbara’s academic expertise covers effective learning strategies for students with disabilities, development of inspiring mentoring skills, and the intersection of learning and neuroscience. She teaches courses in the special education programs as well as a doctoral-level course in learning and the brain.
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 license-only program.
Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5–12)
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 37
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Registration Fees
    Activity Fees
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    Materials Fees
    Assessment Fee
    Practicum Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Total approximate cost for this license-only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
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