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Education

Inclusive Special Education: Severe Disabilities

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

Inspire self-determination in students with disabilities.

If you want to have a positive effect on the education of PreK-12 students with complex learning needs, this program will give you the knowledge and skills to teach, support, and advocate for students with severe disabilities.

The program begins with an overview of the special education profession. From there, you'll take courses that cover communication, universal curriculum design, and how to teach literacy, math, and science. Learn about the many aspects of assessment and positive behavior support. Build Individualized Education Programs, and explore the transition from high school to adulthood.

During your program, you'll co-construct new knowledge with your faculty, and engage in the kind of self-reflection that leads to becoming a more compassionate and culturally aware educator. You'll also have a chance to apply your learning in authentic field experiences as well as during your student teaching experience.

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 with faculty who believe in the competence of every individual and that equal education is a right.

Upon completion, you’ll graduate from New England's premier university for teacher preparation knowing 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.

Graduate Program Inquiry Form

Program Structure

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

41 Credits
Remote Learning for Summer 2021 On-Campus Programs

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Summer 2021, 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.

Off-Campus Option for Spring 2022

Off-campus programs usually meet in small, face-to-face classes at locations around Massachusetts. As we begin to transition back to in-person learning, we’ve opted to deliver our Spring 2022 programs remotely and not tied to a specific location. To ensure continuity, the remote format will be in effect for the duration of your program. Classes will be at specified times (synchronous), so you must attend virtual classes during the scheduled class time.

You’ll meet one weekend a month, in 8-week terms, with the same group of classmates. Because the off-campus model is designed for busy adults, you’ll know your entire schedule before you begin, and finish your program in approximately two years. Graduates of these programs say they enjoyed and benefited from the interactive learning community experience.

Start this program in late March 2022.

2 students in a graduate classroom

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 severe disabilities program prepares you to:
$82,042
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2019), 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.
Linda Lengyel
Special Education
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.

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Inclusive Special Education: Severe Disabilities
  • 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.

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

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 GI Bill®.

 

  • Tuition
    $487.50/credit x 41
    $19,988
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $260
    Assessment Fees (for specific courses)
    $200
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Because of our commitment to offering affordable and accessible educational opportunities in Bristol County through our New Bedford location, if you live or work in Bristol County, Massachusetts you are eligible for a reduced tuition rate in select academic programs. Students who are enrolled in eligible graduate programs will receive a 25% scholarship discount off our regular off-campus tuition rate.  

Students who do not live or work in Bristol County who wish to take courses through our New Bedford location will be assessed the regular off-campus tuition rate of $650/credit.

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
    Registration Fees
    $260
    Assessment Fees (for specific courses)
    $200
    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.

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