As a Special Education major, you will gain initial licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8), and acquire the skills and strategies to become an effective educator in this high-need field.
You want to be a teacher, and more. You want to guide, mentor and reach out to a population of students with unique challenges and special needs. As a Special Education major, you will develop an expertise in assessment, curriculum design, and instructional techniques that cater to students with special needs. You will also acquire the skills that lead to successful collaboration between special education and general education.
At Lesley, getting students out of the classroom and into the real world is a key component to any program. We don't just tell you how to teach, we let you experience what it's really like for yourself. You will complete a one-day practicum during the first and second year this program. Your senior year practicum will be a semester-long experience at one level within a PreK-8
setting, serving students with special needs.
You may pursue optional Education specializations which provide in-depth study in the teaching of a specific subject or population. Specializations are designed to enhance your professional qualifications, but do not lead to additional teacher licenses.
This license-specific course draws on the foundations of education begun in the student’s first year and focuses on the role of the special education teacher in today’s inclusive educational settings. Students develop an understanding of the collaboration needed between special education and general education so that a successful inclusionary education can be offered to students with special learning needs. Emphasis will be placed on the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) regulated under state and federal law; assessment strategies addressing both personal and professional education concerns; the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks; and skills in the design of curriculum and instructional approaches. These are the essential areas needed in order to make inclusionary education accessible for a range of individuals with moderate special learning needs.
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