ACADEMICS

  • Masters of Education with a Moderate Special Needs (Non-licensure) Track

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Sue F. Foo
    Phone: 508- 929-8071

    Email: sfoo@worcester.edu  

    Candidates for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Moderate Special Needs (Non-Licensure) Track are required to meet the competencies established by the Office of Graduate Programs for all candidates seeking a Master of Education Degree through Worcester State University.

    The program allows candidates that possess the following to obtain a Master of Education with a Concentration in Moderate Special Needs without an initial licensure in Moderate Special Needs:

    1. candidate has licensure in other non-academic areas such as occupational therapy, speech language pathology;
    2. candidate has licensure in an academic area and is interested in a Master of Education in Moderate Special Needs.
    3. candidate who is a non-resident of Massachusetts and does not plan to teach in Massachusetts but interested in the Special Education Program. 

    Candidates who have completed this program and decide to earn an initial licensure in Moderate Special Needs, must fulfill the following criteria:

    1. pass all the MTEL requirements;
    2. apply to the initial licensure program and be accepted;
    3. register for ED 928 Practicum:Moderate Special Needs and ED 926 Curriculum Development and Instructional Techniques (seminar);
    4. additional graduate level courses under the initial licensure requirements are required if the Master of Education-Moderate Special Needs (non-licensure) degree is 5 years or older. 

    OR

    Candidates who are working on this program and decide to earn an initial licensure in Moderate Special Needs must fulfill the following criteria:

    1. Pass all the MTEL requirements. Only the following courses may be transferred to the Moderate Special Needs Initial Licensure program:
    2. withdraw from the Non-Licensure program through the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE);
    3. Apply to the Moderate Special Needs Initial Licensure program through DGCE;
    • ED 921—Developmental Patterns of Children with Special Needs;
    • ED 923—Development and Implementation of an Individualized Education Program;
    • ED 922—Analysis and Interpretation of Behavior and Learning Environments;
    • ED 924—Strategies for Assessing and Teaching Students with Moderate Special Needs.

    The Worcester State University Master of Education Moderate Special Needs (Non-Licensure) Program is a 37-credit program, consisting of twelve (12) three-credit courses and a one-credit portfolio course. The portfolio course requires candidates to document mastery of content and pedagogical standards beyond the initial license.

    The courses in the M.Ed. with a concentration in Moderate Special Needs (Non-Licensure) program fall into 3 categories. The first set of courses meets the core education requirements common to several of the M.Ed. programs. There are four core courses, which total to ten (10) credits.

    Completion of these courses assures that candidates have acquired graduate level knowledge and skills in the foundation of education, and in the interpretation, planning and implementation of educational research.

    Core M.Ed. Requirements (10 credits):
    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education 3 credits
    • ED 982 Research in Education 3 credits
    • ED 993 Seminar: Research in Content Concentration 3 credits
    • ED 992 Portfolio Evaluation 1 credit

    Candidates are advised to take the course, ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education early in the program as it provides the foundation for the graduate program. The research course ED 982 Research in Education informs candidates on interesting areas of research as well as a foundation for ED 993 Seminar: Research in Content Concentration. The seminar course is completed near the end of the program and leads to a completed research paper in the area of Moderate Special Needs (Non-Licensure). ED 992 Portfolio Evaluation must be taken during the last semester. The course guides candidates in compiling a program portfolio that demonstrates successful attainment of the state standards and the college standards for the Master in Education Degree.

    Core Content/Concentration Courses (24 credits):
    • ED 921 Developmental Patterns of Children with Special Needs 3 credits
    • ED 923 Development and Implementation of an Individualized Education Program 3 credits
    • ED 922 Analysis and Interpretation of Behavior and Learning Environments 3 credits
    • ED 924 Strategies for Assessing and Teaching Students with Moderate Special Needs 3 credits
    • ED 913 Differentiated Reading Instruction 3 credits
    • ED 914 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas 3 credits
    • ED 929 Mathematics Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners 3 credits
    • CD 910 Speech & Language Development, Differences, Diversity 3 credits

    These courses are required to complete the M Ed. with a concentration in Moderate Special Needs (Non-Licensure) to meet the state regulations regarding “content or pedagogical courses beyond those for the initial license based on the academic discipline, developed or taught in collaboration with experts who hold at least a master’s degree in that discipline or hold a full time faculty position in that discipline in the arts or sciences or appropriate professional school other than education.”

    Candidates are allowed to take additional courses as elective course under the advisement of the program coordinator.

    Elective Courses (Suggested choices but not limited to):
    • EA 931 Administration of programs for children with Special Needs 3 credits
    • ED 911 Advanced Foundations of Reading 3 credits
    • ED 918 Reading as Language 3 credits
    • ED 925 Consultation and Interpersonal skills 3 credits
    • ED 901 Technology in Education 3 creditsED 951 Integrating Language Arts and Social  Studies in The Elementary/Middle Schools 3 credits
    • ED 953 Integrating Science and Mathematics in the Elementary/Middle Schools 3 credits
    • ED 917 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties In the Middle and Upper Grades or
    • EE 915 Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties 3 credits