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

  • Program Overview

    Gain knowledge and experience in our research-based program for teachers of children with severe disabilities.

    Mostly online courses, on your schedule

    Prepare to work with students with severe disabilities at all grade levels. Learn 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 needs of students with disabilities. Expert 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).

    • 36 credit program
    • Coursework balances research and practice, critical thinking and compassion
    • Supports teachers in alternative and public settings
    • Prepares teachers for working with complex medical, communicative, cognitive, and developmental needs
    • Embraces inclusive education for all students
    • Addresses current local and federal legal requirements
    • Affordable pricing
    • Personal advising
    • Networking opportunities and job placement support

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  • Curriculum

    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 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. 

    *Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Severe Disabilities (All)

    EDN 530 - Sheltered English Immersion
    *
    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    OR
    SPE 695 - Disability and Sheltered English Immersion
    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    SPE 500 - Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities
    *
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education
    *
    SPE 511 - Curriculum Development for Students with Severe 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 561 - Practicum in Severe Disabilities
    *
    SPE 566 - Reflective Seminar in Severe 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 - Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education
    SPE 515 - Reading Instruction in Special Education
    SPE 511 - Curriculum Development for Students with Severe Disabilities
    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.

    ABA 525 - Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    EDN 680 - Research Methods
    EDN 685 - Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes
    EDN 690 - Advanced Seminar in Education
    RDL 570 - Learning and Cognitition
    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 690 - Medical and Multiple Disabilities
    *
    SPE 695 - Disability and Sheltered English Immersion

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits


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    An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    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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