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Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5-12) and Severe Disabilities (All Levels)

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Dual Initial Licensure Program, On-Campus

Prepare to teach students with a range of disabilities.

Earn two licenses, and prepare to teach students with moderate and severe disabilities in grades 5–12. At Lesley, we believe in the right to a quality, inclusive education for all students. We prepare educators who have the skills to empower those with disabilities so they can live self-determined lives. We also strive to prepare compassionate and reflective teachers who demonstrate culturally responsive communication and collaboration with students, families, and communities. 

You’ll study issues in special education and teaching subject areas. Explore positive behavior supports. Learn how to design accessible curriculum and Individualized Education Programs, and the fundamentals of helping students transition to adult life. Working with faculty and peers, you'll co-construct new knowledge that will guide your understanding. 

You’ll learn about technology in speech, language, and communication. Discover how to develop a variety of strategies for adapting curriculum, and apply those strategies during an immersive student teaching experiences. And because evaluating students is a responsibility of all special educators, you’ll also focus on assessment issues such as eligibility determination and program planning. Finish the program ready to make a positive impact in this high-need area.

Come study with dedicated faculty at the place that educates more teachers than any other place in New England. You'll benefit from the reputation of a school with exceptional programs in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire Lesley graduates and believe they're the most prepared for the classroom. (Source: Radius Global Market Research, 2017)

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

50 Credits
Remote Learning for Summer 2021 On-Campus Programs

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Summer 2021, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our moderate and severe disabilities program prepares you to:
Barbara Govendo
Special Education
Dr. Barbara Govendo
Barbara has had experience teaching, supervising, and designing programs in both general and special education. Among other things, she is interested in brain research and implications for education, effective learning strategies for students with disabilities, and the collaborative educational process.
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:
Important Licensure Information

All Lesley University educator licensure programs comply with current Massachusetts educational requirements, as specified. In addition, Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which makes it possible for an educator to have their Massachusetts license/s recognized across the United States. Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to teach, and the licensure structures that exist within that state, there are diverse pathways to licensure that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, Lesley University strongly encourages prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing page for more information.


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5-12) and Severe Disabilities (All Levels)
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 50
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    Registration Fees
    Assessment Fees
    Activity Fees
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    Materials Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fees
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Estimated Cost

The per-credit tuition rate listed is for students who have matriculated on or after May 14, 2018.

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

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