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Candidates for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Moderate Disabilities (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 Disabilities without an initial licensure in Moderate Disabilities:
The Worcester State University Master of Education Moderate Disabilities (Non-Licensure) Program is a 37-credit program, consisting of 12 3-credit courses and a 1-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 Disabilities (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 4 core courses, which total to 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.
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 Disabilities (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.
These courses are required to complete the M Ed. with a concentration in Moderate Disabilities (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.