Education

Special Education: Severe Disabilities

License-Only, Initial Licensure Program

Make access to learning possible.

Your goal is to teach students with complex learning needs—this program will give you the expertise. If you have a Massachusetts Initial Teacher License in early childhood, elementary, moderate disabilities, middle school, or high school, you can take this program to get thorough training in issues and topics surrounding special education. You'll gain skills in behavioral interventions and supports. Explore transition from school to adult life. Get practical communication skills through courses in literacy and technology. Prepare to work in both general education and substantially separate settings.

At Lesley, we prepare teachers who are lifelong advocates for their students. We believe in the competence of every individual, and equal access to quality education. We know you do, too.

Here, you’ll learn to translate those beliefs to your own teaching. You’ll 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.

Study with faculty who believe in the competence of every individual and that equal education is a right. At the end of your program, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in the 21st century elementary 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

31 Credits
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our severe 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.
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Special Education
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe
Elizabeth’s work focuses on preparing teachers to work with students with autism. She's interested in education policy and assistive and digital technology. She has 20 years of experience in public and private education settings. A member of several nonprofit boards of directors, she's currently president of the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children.
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:

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Total approximate cost for this license-only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Special Education: Severe Disabilities
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 31
    $30,225
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $200
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Assessment Fee
    $100
    Materials Fees
    $90
    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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Your degree is an investment, and we're committed to ensuring its value. That's why we offer the best teacher education in Massachusetts, at competitive tuition rates.
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