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.

Your courses will cover adolescent development, technology, communication and reading and writing. You'll learn how to design curriculum for a learners of varying abilities. Explore Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Delve into subject areas from math to social studies, classroom management, and working with colleagues and families. And study with faculty who believe equal education is a right while earning your initial license in Teacher of Moderate Disabilities (5-12). 

At Lesley, we prepare teachers who are lifelong advocates for their students.

You take special education seriously, and so do we. 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. 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 because evaluating students is a responsibility of all special educators, you’ll also focus on assessment issues.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus or residency program

36-40 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.

Our moderate disabilities program prepares you to:
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Student Teaching

Student teaching, a requirement of all Initial licensure programs, is an opportunity to apply new skills to an active classroom environment and receive feedback from your supervising teachers and faculty. All placements are in an appropriate Massachusetts school, and are set up through our field placement office.

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.
Where Graduates Work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5-12)
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 40
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Assessment Fee
    Registration Fee
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    Activity Fee
    Materials Fee
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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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

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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