Education

Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels): Initial Teacher License

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

Inspire learning and self-determination in students with severe disabilities.

If your goal is to teach students with complex learning needs, this program will give you the expertise. You’ll get training in the issues surrounding special education. You’ll gain insights into behavioral interventions and positive support. Explore life planning, transition from school to adult life, and working with families. Get practical communication skills through courses in language, literacy, and technology. You’ll also master tools for assessment of needs.

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. You’ll 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. Study with faculty who believe in the competence of every individual and that an equal education is a right.

Program Structure

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

36-40 Credits
Small group of 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.


 

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.

Outcomes
Our severe 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
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe
Elizabeth’s work focuses on preparing teachers to work with students with autism. She is interested in education policy, most recently evident in her efforts on behalf of the Massachusetts autism teacher endorsement. She has 20 years of experience in public and private education settings, and is currently president of the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children.
Where Our Graduates Work
Lesley graduates of this program go on to careers in:

Faculty

Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels): Initial Teacher License
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 40
    $39,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Assessment Fee
    $200
    Registration Fee
    $200
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fee
    $120
    Materials 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.

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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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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