Education

Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)

License-Only, Initial Licensure Program

Become an empowering teacher of students with disabilities.

Discover how to give students with moderate disabilities learning opportunities that will prepare them for success in life. If you hold a Massachusetts initial teaching license in early childhood, elementary, or middle school education, this license-only program is for you.

Take courses that cover communication and reading and writing. Design curriculum for learners of varying abilities. Build Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Explore elementary subject areas from math to social studies. Do all this alongside faculty who believe in the competence of every individual and that an equal education is a right.

At Lesley, we prepare teachers who are lifelong advocates for their students. You take special education seriously, and so do we. We believe in the competence of every individual, and equal access to quality education.

Here, you’ll learn to express those beliefs in your teaching. Study the characteristics and effects of disabling conditions. Explore issues in speech, language, and communication. Discover how to develop a variety of strategies for adapting curriculum, and apply those strategies during your student teaching experience. And because evaluating students is a responsibility of all special educators, you’ll also focus on assessment issues.

At the end of your program, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in the 21st century classroom. In fact, employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

37 Credits
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our license-only moderate disabilities program prepares you to:
$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts according to the National Education Association.
#1
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. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
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 according to US News.
Teacher working with a group of young students
Special Education
Dr. Gail Cahill
Gail came to Lesley after many years in public education. She both taught at various class levels and held administrative positions, including special education and school-based administration. She teaches courses in designing instruction, designing Individualized Education Programs (IEP), perspectives in special education, and practicum seminars.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, charter schools, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this license-only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 37
    $36,075
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Assessment Fees
    $200
    Activity Fees
    $150
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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