Education

Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8)

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

Empower and advocate for young learners.

Learn how to give PreK–8 students with moderate disabilities opportunities that will prepare them for life.

Take courses that cover communication and reading and writing. Design curriculum for learners of varying abilities. Build Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Explore elementary subject areas from math to social studies. Do it all alongside faculty who believe in the competence of every individual and that an equal education is a right. With this program, you'll earn a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities Initial License at the PreK-8 level.

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 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 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.

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

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

43 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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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. 

Current available program sites include:

Summer 2018: Walpole, MA
Spring 2019: Concord, MA

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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:
$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:

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8)
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 43
    $36,120
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Assessment Fees
    $300
    Registration Fees
    $200
    MAP ePorfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $130
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 43
    $27,950
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Assessment Fees
    $300
    Registration Fees
    $280
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $130
    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.

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