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Special Needs - Severe Disabilities (M.Ed.)

The curriculum for the Special Needs 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 curriculum for the Special Needs 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. The program explores diagnosis and assessment of that development, innovative instructional practices for students with handicapping conditions, functional curriculum development and educational planning, and the availability and operation of assistive technologies that support the learning needs of the severely disabled child. 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

 

ED 542  *Sheltered English Immersion 3 cr. 
ECE500  Child Development 3 cr. 
SPN 500  * Special Education Service Delivery and the Inclusion Model  3 cr. 
SPN 501
 
* Methods and Materials for Curriculum Development of 
   Special Needs Programs (pre-practicum course) 
3 cr.
 
SPN 504  Assessment and Educational Planning  3 cr. 
SPN 508
 
* Functional Curriculum and Educational Planning: 
   Severe Disabilities 
3 cr.
 
SPN 511
* Assistive Classroom Technology for Students 
   with Severe Disabilities
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 Severely 
Disabled Learners
3 cr.
SPN 568 Math and Science for Severely Disabled Learners 3 cr.
Plus Comprehensive Examination
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 needs 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

 

ED 580  Innovative Practices in Education †  3 cr. 
ED 581  Technology in Education  3 cr. 
ED 582  Research Methods †  3 cr.
EDC 525  Social Context in American Schooling  3 cr. 
ECE 500  Child Development  3 cr. 
EDC 510  Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes  3 cr. 
ED 525 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis † 3 cr.
ED 534
Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of
Behavioral Intervention †
3 cr.
MTH 579 Developing Mathematical Ideas Through Applications † 3 cr.
RDG 504 Family Literacy Connections † 3 cr.
RDG 502 Learning and Cognition † 3 cr.
SCN 571
Methods of Teaching Natural Sciences 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

 

ED 580  Innovative Methods in Education  3 cr. 
ED 582  Research Methods  3 cr. 
EDC 510 Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes 3 cr.
ECE 500 Child Development 3 cr.
SPN 500

Special Education Service Delivery and the Inclusion
Model for Students with Special Needs

3 cr.
SPN 501
Methods and Materials for Curriculum Development
of Special Needs 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 Classroom Technology for 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 Severely Disabled Learners 
3 cr.
SPN 568
 
Math and Science for
Severely Disabled Learners 
3 cr. 
   
Total degree requirements    36 cr. 


Completion Requirements
To exit from the Master of Education in Special Needs 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

  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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