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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)

Initial Licensure Program of Study

 

Severe Disabilities Initial Licensure Program
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 of Special Education Programs 3 cr.
SPN 504* Assessment and Educational Planning (pre-practicum) 3 cr.
SPN 508* Functional Curriculum and Educational Planning: Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 511* Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.
SPN 516* Reflective Seminar: Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 519* Practicum Experience: Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities + 3 cr.
SPN 526* Nature and Needs of Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 565 English, Language Arts, and Social Science for Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 568 Math and Science for Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
EXM 696 Educator Licensure Comprehensive Examination 0 cr.
Total degree requirements 36 cr.

* Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Severe Disabilities (All)
** Practicum placements will be made in an inclusive general education classroom
(75 hours) with the balance of the experience (225 hours) in a setting with
students with severe disabilities.

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).

Professional Licensure Program of Study

 

Severe Disabilities Professional Licensure Program
ED 580 Innovative Methods in Education † 3 cr.
ED 590 Data Literacy 3 cr.
ED 582 Research Methods † 3 cr.
EDC 525 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School 3 cr.
ECE 500 Child and Adolescent Development 3 cr.
EDC 510 Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes 3 cr.
ABA 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis † 3 cr.
ABA 534 Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention † 3 cr.
MTH 579 Developing Mathematical Ideas through Applications † 3 cr.
RDG 558 Literacy Connections † 3 cr.
RDG 502 Learning and Cognition † 3 cr.
SCN 571 Methods of Teaching Science to Children/Field Study † 3 cr.
Total degree requirements 36 cr.

† Courses provide advanced level coursework focused on the learning needs of children
with severe disabilities at all grade levels.

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.

Non-licensure Program of Study

 

Severe Disabilities Non-Licensure Program
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 of Special Education Programs 3 cr.
SPN 504 Assessment and Educational Planning 3 cr.
SPN 508 Functional Curriculum and Educational Planning: Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 511 Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.
SPN 526 Nature and Needs of Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 565 English, Language Arts, and Social Science for Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 568 Math and Science for Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
Total degree requirements 36 cr.





 


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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