M.S. / Integrated Elementary and Special Education / 38-47 credits

The nationally recognized Master of Science in Integrated Elementary and Special Education(IESE) program prepares educators to work in an inclusive setting with children in a public or private school as an Elementary teacher or a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities. The IESE program leads to institutional endorsement for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Elementary Teacher (1-6) license at the Initial stage, and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) license at the Initial stage*.

The Integrated Elementary and Special Education program incorporates essential elements required of a teacher prepared to meet the needs of all learners. The content areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts are incorporated in the study of curriculum development, assessment, meeting curriculum standards, and differentiating the curriculum for learners working at, above, and below grade level. Teachers acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to provide effective special education services which includes understanding the impact of disabilities on learning, assessing children to determine their learning strengths and areas of need, collaborating with the family and team to pro-mote a positive learning environment, and creating adaptations to enable the child to access the general curriculum.

This program is designed to prepare both experienced teachers who currently hold a license to teach as well as those new to the field of teaching and education.

Students typically complete the program full-time or part time. Full-time students complete the program in 14-18 months, starting in the summer semester. Students may begin their course work on a part-time basis but must enroll full-time during the semesters in which the internship is completed. Part-time students typically complete the program in 2 years or longer. Students follow a sequence of courses and participate in the paid teaching internship with courses meeting in the evening, weekend, and summers. Candidates may also elect to complete their internship in their own inclusive or special needs classroom but this site must be approved to meet licensure requirements by the faculty and Field Experience Office.

Upon entering the program, students meet with an advisor to develop a study plan. Preference for admission is given to applicants with prior experience working with children and families, preferably in a group setting. A prerequisite for admission is completion of a major in the Arts and Sciences or its equivalent.

Course Requirements***

EDU 201 Orientation to Education Programs (0 credits)

Core Courses

Human Development (choose one) (3 credits)
HDF 530 Language Acquisition (3 credits)
HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture (3 credits)

EDU 505 or 506 Racial and cultural Identities/-Advanced (3 credits)

Research (choose one) (3 credits)
RES 723 Teacher as Researcher
RES 725 Research Methods

Program courses (38 credits)
RDG 537 Teaching Reading (3 credits)
SPE 542 Impact of Special Education (3 credits)
SPE 652 Inclusive Education Curriculum or SPE 654 Advanced Inclusive Curriculum (3 credits)
EDU 535 Mathematical Learning for Diverse Learners or SPE 635 Number Sense for Learners Who Struggle (3 credits)
SPE 710 Assistive Technology (1 credit)
SPE 656 Special Education Assessment (3 credits)
EDU 546 Teaching and Learning History and Social Studies (3 credits)
SPE 650 Understanding Reading Difficulties (2 credits)
SPE 560 Understanding & Managing Behavior (2 credits)
EDU 545 Elementary Science (3 credits)
SPE 685 Democracy and Education (2 credits)
RDG 531 Teaching Reading & Writing to ELLs (1 credit)

SPP 640 Practicum: Students with Special Needs (3 credits)
EDP 536 Elementary Practicum (3 credits)
SPE 645 Instructional Methods (2 credits)

EDU 682 Portfolio Development Integrated Elementary and Special Education (1 credit)

* Licensure: Students select either Elementary Teacher (1-6) or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK- 12) as a primary Initial license, and they are eligible to apply for a second license upon receipt of the first.

** Students are required to take the Communication and Literacy Test of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) no later than the August administration before the start of their internship.

*** Some courses are waived or substituted based on previous licensure and experience; these are reviewed by the faculty advisor.

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