Fall 2020 Guidance
In response to COVID-19, university courses and operations remain predominantly online for fall.
Education

Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5-12)

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

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. 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). 

Graduate Program Inquiry Form

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus, off-campus, or teacher residency program

41 Credits
Remote Learning for Fall 2020

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Fall 2020, 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.

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Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small group of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and will complete the program in about two years. A new cohort location will be announced soon.

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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.

Summer 2020 Residency Update

Every summer, a new cohort of students starts its teacher residency program by taking courses on the Lesley campus in Cambridge, MA. This summer, for the well-being of our community, and in keeping with federal and state health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, we have decided to offer all summer learning in a remote format. We will use synchronous online instruction through electronic platforms and tools, as well as assign independent online work that you’ll complete at your own pace.

In addition, we will build a community through online platforms, where you can communicate regularly with your instructors and peers. While we will miss being together in our face-to-face format, we look forward to seeing each other in our virtual courses and community gatherings.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our moderate disabilities program prepares you to:
$80,357
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2017-2018), 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.
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:
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.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year
Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5-12)
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 41
    $34,850
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Assessment Fees
    $200
    Registration Fees
    $200
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
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.

Fall 2020:

For most of our graduate programs where delivery modalities have been changed, we are reducing those per-credit rates for the Fall 2020 semester. And many fees associated with a physical presence on campus will be reduced or eliminated. Learn more about graduate tuition and fees, including discounted Fall 2020 rates.

Teacher Residency

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

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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