Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5-12)

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

Become a more caring and competent educator.

Discover how to give grades 5-12 students with moderate disabilities opportunities that will prepare them for life, with faculty who believe equal education is a right.

You'll begin your program with an overview of the special education profession. Then, you'll take courses that cover 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).

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 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 how to express those beliefs in your teaching. Graduate ready to commit to the career you're passionate about. As the preferred provider of teacher education in Massachusetts, we prepare teachers to enter the classroom on day one. 

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

41 Credits
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On-Campus Option

Take face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus with faculty who are experienced practitioners, in small classes with personalized attention.

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Yearlong Teacher Residency Option

Finish your degree in just over a year—with double the teaching experience and at a reduced cost—as a resident intern in a participating public or independent school. In this program format, you participate full-time in the life of the school, and take classes at both the school site and Lesley.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our moderate disabilities program prepares you to:
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, according to the National Education Association.
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.
Barbara Govendo
Special Education
Dr. Barbara Govendo
Barbara’s academic expertise covers effective learning strategies for students with disabilities, development of inspiring mentoring skills, and the intersection of learning and neuroscience. She teaches courses in the special education programs as well as a doctoral-level course in learning and the brain.
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:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019–2020 academic year
Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5-12)
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 41
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Assessment Fees
    Registration Fees
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    Activity Fees
    Materials Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

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

Teacher Residency

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or

The Office of Veterans Affairs has determined that Teacher Residency programs are not eligible for Veteran’s Benefits under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

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