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Special Education - Moderate Disabilities (M.Ed.)

The program in Special Education prepares professionals to work with children with moderate disabilities at the PreK–8 and 5–12 levels who participate in integrated or self-contained classrooms. These programs lead to Initial or Professional Licensure in Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8, 5–12).

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Program Overview

The Van Loan School at Endicott College offers a program in Special Education, which prepares professionals to work with students with moderate disabilities at the PreK–8 and 5–12 levels.  Instructors teach using evidence-based and data-driven approaches to individualizing instruction. These programs lead to Initial or Professional Licensure in Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8, 5–12).

The Moderate Disabilities programs (PreK–8 and 5–12) are designed in two different tracks: 1) a 24-credit post-baccalaureate program that leads to Initial Licensure and an optional 12 additional credit program to obtain a Master’s degree in Special Education, and 2) a 36-credit Appropriate Master’s Degree program for a Professional License.

The distinction between the different grade level licenses (i.e., PreK–8 and 5–12) lies in:

  • The entrance requirements (e.g., prior course work);
  • The grade level for the practicum experience (300 hours for PreK–8 and 300 hours for 5–12); and
  • Assignments within courses that address the grade level at which the student is pursuing licensure.
  • MTELs appropriate to the license

Moderate Disabilities : Initial Licensure (PreK-8, 5-12)

The curriculum for the Special Education programs leading to licensure in Moderate Disabilities addresses policy, practice and current applied research. Specifically, the program explores diagnosis and eligibility for services; service models; formal and informal assessment; assistive and augmentative technology; recent policy developments under IDEA and ESSA; curriculum development and lesson planning; behavioral management principles and the required pre-practicum and practicum experiences as described below.

Initial Licensure Program of Study

Moderate Disabilities : Licensure

SPN

511*

Assistive and Augmentative Technologies

3 cr.

ED

542*

Sheltered English Immersion

3 cr.

ECE

500

Child and Adolescent Development

3 cr.

SPN

500*

Special Education and Inclusion Models

3 cr.

SPN

501*

Methods and Materials for Curriculum Development in Special Education

3 cr.

SPN

502*

Curriculum Development for Learners with Disabilities

3 cr.

SPN

504*

Assessment and Educational Planning (pre-practicum experience)

3 cr.

SPN

505*

Reflective Seminar: Teacher of Special Education +

3 cr.

SPN

506*

Nature and Needs of Students with Moderate Disabilities

3 cr.

SPN

510*

Practicum Experience: Teacher of Special Education +

3 cr.

SPN

564

English, Language Arts, and Social Science for Diverse Learners

3 cr.

SPN

567

Mathematics and Science for Diverse Learners

3 cr.

EXM

696

Educator Licensure Comprehensive Examination

0 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.



Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities
(PreK–8, 5–12).
** Practicum placements will be appropriate to the level of the license sought,
PreK–8 or 5–12 and will meet the required clock hours for those levels.

Completion Requirements

To exit from the Special Education program for Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and fieldwork. Prior to entering the practicum, teachers seeking a license as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities for PreK–8 must pass the General Curriculum test in addition to passing the Communication and Literacy and the Foundations of Readings tests. Those seeking this license for 5–12 must pass either the General Curriculum test or a subject matter test in one of the core academic subjects taught in 5–8 or 8–12 (such as history) in addition to passing the Communication and Literacy and the Foundations of Reading Tests. Students may be advised to take additional subject matter courses for meeting the above Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements.

Moderate Disabilities: Professional Licensure (PreK–8, 5–12)

Moderate Disabilities : Professional Licensure

ECE

500

Child and Adolescent Development

3 cr.

ED

590

Data Literacy

3 cr.

ED

582

Research Methods

3 cr.

SPN

513

Consultation and Collaboration in Education

3 cr.

SPN

515

Strategies for Classroom Management

3 cr.

SPN

523

Psycho-Educational Evaluation

3 cr.

SPN

533

Adapting and Differentiating Instruction

3 cr.

Reading & Literacy Electives (Choose Three)

RDG

504

Family Literacy Connections

3 cr.

IED

530

Linguistics & Language Acquisition

3 cr.

RDG

506

Emergence of Literacy

3 cr.

RDG

507

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 cr.

General Curriculum Electives (Choose Two)

ED

502

Effective Classroom Strategies in Elementary Education

3 cr.

EDC

525

Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School

3 cr.

MTH

579

Developing Mathematical Ideas through Applications

3 cr.

SCN

571

Methods of Teaching Science to Children/Field Study

3 cr.

Total Degree Requirements 36 cr. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Van Loan School’s 36-credit program satisfies the requirements for the Master’s Degree in Special Education and prepares special education teachers to be eligible for Professional Licensure in the state of Massachusetts at both the PreK–8 and 5–12 levels. The 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 moderate disabilities;
  • An in-depth examination of leadership, data-based decision making, family-school partnerships, and the fundamentals of reading intervention. Preparing practicing teachers to build a deeper understanding of the field in which they teach, the 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 an Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities for the appropriate grade level (PreK–8 or 5–12)

Distinction Between PreK–8 and 5–12 Levels: The content covered in HST 531, MTH 579, and SCN 571 in the curriculum outlined below have been designed to delineate PreK–8 and 5–12 grade levels.

Professional Licensure Program of Study

 

Completion Requirements

To exit from the Appropriate Master’s Degree program, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and the comprehensive examination.

Eligibility for Professional Licensure

According to Department of Elementary and Secondary regulations, a Professional License is granted to individuals who possess an Initial License, have completed a Master’s Degree, have completed a one-year induction program with a mentor, and have completed at least three years of employment in the role of license. Students completing the Master’s degree who have not met the other requirements for the Professional License will be advised to apply for the Professional License when they have met these requirements.

Moderate 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

Moderate Disabilities Non-Licensure

SPN

511

Assistive and Augmentative Technologies

3 cr.

Elective*

3 cr.

Elective*

3 cr.

Elective*

3 cr.

ECE

500

Child and Adolescent Development

3 cr.

SPN

500

Special Education and Inclusion Models

3 cr.

SPN

501

Methods and Materials for Curriculum Development in Special Education

3 cr.

SPN

502

Curriculum Development for Learners with Disabilities

3 cr.

SPN

504

Assessment and Educational Planning

3 cr.

SPN

506

Nature and Needs of Students with Moderate Disabilities

3 cr.

SPN

564

English, Language Arts, and Social Science for Diverse Learners

3 cr.

SPN

567

Mathematics and Science for Diverse Learners

3 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.


Completion Requirements

To exit from the Master of Education in Special Education in Moderate Disabilities program, students must successfully complete all of the required courses. There are no licensure-related requirements with this program of studies



 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equity and meeting professional standards.
  2. Demonstrate ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and apply measurement data.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to subject matter.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of typical child development and exceptionalities
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