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Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) & Severe Disabilities (All Levels)

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

Provide full educational access to students of varying disabilities.

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, through co-construction of knowledge and a heightened awareness of social justice and equity issues, you’ll learn to express those beliefs in your teaching.

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This dual license program will allow you to provide PreK–8 students with moderate or severe disabilities learning opportunities that prepare them for life. Study communication and reading and writing. Learn how to design accessible curriculum and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Explore positive behavior supports. Discover effective ways to teach subject areas. 

During your program, you'll also explore issues in speech, language, and communication. Discover how to develop a variety of strategies for adapting curriculum, and apply those strategies during your two student teaching experiences, where you'll be immersed in the field. 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. You'll benefit from the reputation of a school with exceptional programs in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire Lesley graduates and believe they're the most prepared for the classroom. (Source: Radius Global Market Research, 2017) 

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program. ***Beginning in Summer 2024, complete your M.Ed. in fewer credits and less time. Check back soon for our new course requirements. ***

50 Credits (36 credits starting Summer 2024)
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our moderate and severe disabilities master’s degree program prepares you to:
Linda Lengyel
Special Education
Dr. Linda Lengyel
Linda’s work has focused on supporting persons with complex needs, considered to have severe disabilities in inclusive environments. Before entering higher education, she supported persons with severe disabilities and their families in school, work, employment, and home settings. Linda also has an extensive history of advocacy activities, supporting IEP teams, as well as advocating for systemic and policy changes.
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.

Graduate Inclusive Special Education Programs


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Inclusive Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) & Severe Disabilities (All Levels)
  • Tuition
    $925/credit x 50
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    Comprehensive Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

All graduate students are reviewed for merit scholarships through the admissions process and are awarded at the time of acceptance. Other forms of financial aid are also available. Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective in the Summer term.

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Your degree is an investment, and we're committed to ensuring its value. That's why we offer the best teacher education in Massachusetts at competitive tuition rates.
We'll help ensure your degree is as affordable as possible. Use our step-by-step guide to apply for federal and university funding. Scholarships, grants, Work-Study, and loans. It’s all right here.

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