Special Education: Moderate Disabilities Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    Developing the skills and knowledge to improve educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

    Mostly online courses, on your schedule

    Prepare to work with students with moderate disabilities at the PreK–8 and 5–12 levels. Faculty uses evidence-based and data-driven approaches to individualizing instruction.

    These programs lead to initial or professional licensure in moderate disabilities (PreK–8 and 5–12).

    Moderate Disabilities Master’s Program Overview

    • 36 credit program
    • Coursework balances research and practice, critical thinking and compassion
    • Embraces inclusive education for all students
    • Addresses current local and federal legal requirements
    • Affordable pricing
    • Personal advising
    • Networking opportunities and job placement support

    At the Van Loan School at Endicott College, we’ll help put you in a position for success. Interested in making an impactful difference in the world of Special Education?

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: www.endicott.edu/Van-Loan/Van-Loan-Admissions

    Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • Interview with the program director (only required for some programs)
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Initial License

    • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

    Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Professional License

    • A copy of all initial licenses in the state of Massachusetts

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of typical child and adolescent development and exceptionalities
    • Design high quality 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

    Required Curriculum: Initial Licensure

    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 may 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. 

    *Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure

    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    EDN 530 - Sheltered English Immersion
    *
    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    OR
    SPE 695 - Disability and Sheltered English Immersion
    SPE 500 - Teaching Students with Disabilities
    *
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education
    *
    SPE 510 - Curriculum Development for Students with Moderate Disabilities
    *
    SPE 515 - Reading Instruction in Special Education
    *
    SPE 525 - Assistive and Augmentative Technologies
    *
    SPE 530 - Humanities Methods in Special Education
    SPE 540 - STEM Methods in Special Education
    SPE 550 - Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Special Education (Pre-Practicum)
    *
    SPE 560 - Practicum in Moderate Disabilities
    *
    SPE 565 - Reflective Seminar in Moderate Disabilities
    *

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

    Required Curriculum: Non-Licensure

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

    Electives - 12 cr.

    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    SPE 500 - Teaching Students with Disabilities
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education
    SPE 510 - Curriculum Development for Students with Moderate Disabilities
    SPE 515 - Reading Instruction in Special Education
    SPE 525 - Assistive and Augmentative Technologies
    SPE 530 - Humanities Methods in Special Education
    SPE 540 - STEM Methods in Special Education

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

    Required Curriculum: Professional Licensure

    *Courses required for Professional Licensure

    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    EDN 570 - Classroom Management
    *
    EDN 685 - Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes
    RDL 515 - Writing Instruction
    RDL 525 - Reading Difficulties
    SPE 530 - Humanities Methods in Special Education
    SPE 540 - STEM Methods in Special Education
    SPE 575 - Family Engagement in Special Education
    SPE 670 - Consultation and Co-Teaching
    *
    SPE 680 - Psychoeducational Assessment
    *
    SPE 685 - Personalized Learning
    *
    SPE 695 - Disability and Sheltered English Immersion

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits


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    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

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