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Special Education - Severe Disabilities (M.Ed.)

The curriculum for the Special Education programs leading to licensure in Severe Disabilities addresses theories of language development, including the differences between first and second language acquisition and the effects of disabilities on learning and vocabulary development.

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Program Overview

The Van Loan School at Endicott College offers Special Education programs leading to licensure in Severe Disabilities. The curriculum addresses theories of language development, diagnosis and assessment, functional curriculum development and educational planning, and the availability and operation of assistive and augmentative technologies that support the learning needs of students with disabilities. This preparation program for Initial Licensure requires a pre-practicum and practicum experiences as described below. 

Severe Disabilities: Initial Licensure (All)

Program of Study

Initial Licensure

EDN 500 Child and Adolescent Development 3 cr.

EDN 530* Sheltered English Immersion 3 cr.

EXM 696 Educator Licensure Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

SPE 500* Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 505* Inclusive Education 3 cr.

SPE 511* Curriculum Development for Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 515* Reading Instruction in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 525* Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.

SPE 530 Humanities Methods in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 540* STEM Methods in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 550* Curriculum and Assessment in Practice:

Special Education (pre-practicum) 3 cr.

SPE 561* Practicum in Severe Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 566* Reflective Seminar in Severe Disabilities 3 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.


*Courses required for licensure

Note: As regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the practicum requires 300 hours with a minimum of 100  hours of full responsibility in the role and grade level of the license sought. Students my have their practicum placement, supervising practitioner, and hours approved by Endicott staff before enrolling in the practicum course. Additional hours may be assigned at the discretion of the Dean, Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director.

 

Severe Disabilities: Professional Licensure (All)

The 36-credit program satisfies the requirements for the Appropriate Master’s Degree in Severe Disabilities and prepares
special education teachers who already possess an Initial License in the field with a program of study that prepares them to be
eligible for Professional Licensure in the State of Massachusetts at all grade levels. The Appropriate Master’s Degree
focuses on:

  • The study of advanced-level subject matter and teaching methods focused on the assessment and support of the
    students with severe disabilities; and
  • An in-depth examination of research methods, policy analysis, leadership, the social history of American education,
    and the foundations of student aspirations.
  • Preparing practicing teachers to build a deeper understanding of the field in which they teach, the Appropriate Master’s
    Degree also provides educators with an opportunity to understand the trends in 21st century American education that
    have an impact on their students, schools, and lives as teachers.

Prerequisite: Possession of a Massachusetts Initial License in Severe Disabilities (All Levels).

Program of Study

 Professional Licensure

ABA 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

EDN 575 Data Literacy 3 cr.

EDN 680 Research Methods 3 cr.

EDN 685 Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes 3 cr.

EDN 690 Advanced Seminar in Education 3 cr.

EXM 696 Educator Licensure Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

RDL 570 Learning and Cognition 3 cr.

SPE 540* STEM Methods in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 575 Family Engagement in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 670 Consultation and Co-teaching 3 cr.

SPE 680 Psycho-Educational Evaluation 3 cr.

SPE 690 Medical and Multiple Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 695 Disability and Sheltered English Immersion 3 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.

Note: All courses are required for licensure

 


Completion Requirements
To exit the Appropriate Master’s degree program, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and,
where relevant, the required fieldwork and the comprehensive examination.

Severe Disabilities Non-Licensure Program *

* Please Note: This program does not include a reflective seminar or practicum and does NOT lead to Massachusetts
teacher licensure.

Program of Study

Non- Licensure

EDN 500 Child and Adolescent Development 3 cr.

SPE 500 Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 505 Inclusive Education 3 cr.

SPE 511 Curriculum Development for Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 515 Reading Instruction in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 525 Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.

SPE 530 Humanities Methods in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 540 STEM Methods in Special Education 3 cr.

Education Electives* 12 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.

*Electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor

 

Completion Requirements
To exit from the Master of Education in Special Education in Severe Disabilities program, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and field work plus the comprehensive examination. There are no licensure-related requirements with this program of studies. 

Learning Outcomes

- Demonstrate knowledge of typical child and adolescent development and exceptionalities

- Design high quality and coherent instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments

- Analyze student performance and growth data and to use this data to improve instruction and practice

- Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.

- Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.

- Ensure the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice


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