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Education

Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8)

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure Program

Empower and advocate for young learners with moderate disabilities.

At Lesley, we 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. 

This program begins with an overview of the special education profession. From there, you'll take courses in communication, reading and writing, and elementary subject areas. Explore issues of inclusion, social justice, and equity. Design curriculum for learners of varying abilities, and build Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). 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, and where the importance of equity and social justice is woven throughout your study. 

You'll have field experiences during your program, and at the end of it, you can practice your newfound skills through an immersive student teaching experience.

Then, with the skills needed for a rewarding career, you'll graduate from the university that educates more teachers than any place 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).

Program Structure

On-campus, off-campus, or accelerated teacher residency program

41 Credits
graduate students in a classroom setting
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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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:
$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, 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.
Gail Cahill
Special Education
Gail Cahill
Gail joined Lesley after many years in the public education sector. She has taught at various grade levels as well as held several administrative positions, including special education administration and school based administration. She has also worked at private facilities such as McLean Hospital and the Protestant Guild for the Blind. She serves on the International Council of Exceptional Children, CEC Elections Standing Committee.
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.

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8)
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 41
    $34,850
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Assessment Fees
    $200
    Registration Fees
    $200
    MAP ePorfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Activity 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.

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

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

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 41
    $26,650
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Assessment Fees
    $200
    Registration Fees
    $260
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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 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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