Become a more caring and competent educator.
Our graduate special education faculty believe in the competence of every individual and that an equal education is a right. To that end, we prepare teachers who will be lifelong advocates for their students, and who will prepare them for success in life. If you want to work with students with moderate disabilities in grades 5-12, this program will give you the skills and knowledge to offer opportunities that will prepare them for the future.
You'll begin your program with an overview of the special education profession. Then, you'll take courses that cover equity and inclusion, technology, communication, and reading and writing. You'll learn how to design curriculum for a learners of varying abilities, and how to create Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Get to know 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 (teacher residencies fulfill this requirement at the residency site). And because evaluating students is a responsibility of all special educators, you’ll also focus on assessment issues.
Come study where you and your faculty will work together to co-construct new knowledge and practices. By engaging in self-reflection and examination of multiple perspectives, you'll emerge as an effective and compassionate educator.
With the skills in hand needed for a rewarding career, you'll graduate from the university that educates more teachers than any place else in New England. In fact, more than 4,500 people have earned a teaching degree here in just the last five years. You'll leave knowing that you have the degree you need to land the career you're passionate about. That's because employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one.
You may be able to waive some courses based on previous coursework, which may reduce the total number of program credits (minimum=34).