Education

Inclusive Special Education: Severe Disabilities

License-Only, Initial Licensure Program

Make access to learning possible.

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

In this license-only program, you'll get thorough training in issues and topics surrounding special education. You'll gain skills in positive behavior supports. Understand how to help students transition from school to adult life. Get practical communication skills through courses in literacy and technology. 

You’ll 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 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

41 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.
Linda Lengyel
Special Education
Linda Lengyel
Linda's work has focused on supporting persons with complex needs, considered to have severe disabilities in inclusive environments. Before entering higher education, she supported persons with severe disabilities and their families in school, work, employment, and home settings. Linda also has an extensive history of advocacy activities, supporting IEP teams, as well as advocating for systemic and policy changes.
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 2019–2020 academic year.
Inclusive Special Education: Severe Disabilities
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 41
    $34,440
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Assessment Fees
    $200
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $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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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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