Education

Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8): Initial Teacher License

Master of Education (M.Ed.), on-campus, off-campus, or teacher residency graduate 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.

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 because evaluating students is a responsibility of all special educators, you’ll also focus on assessment issues.

Program Structure

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

36-43 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

Classes will be offered in Concord, MA, beginning in fall of 2017, one weekend a month, one course at a time. You’ll know your entire program schedule before you begin, making planning easier. The program, designed for busy adults, can be completed in about two years.

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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.

Outcomes
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.

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.
Careers
Where our graduates work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:

Faculty

Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8): Initial Teacher License
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 43
    $41,925
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Assessment Fee
    $300
    Registration Fee
    $200
    MAP ePorfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fee
    $130
    Activity Fee
    $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
    $625/credit x 43
    $26,875
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Assessment Fee
    $300
    Registration Fee
    $280
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fee
    $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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