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The graduate program in Moderate Disabilities prepares candidates to work with children in grades PreK-8 with moderate disabilities who participate in integrated or self-contained classrooms. 

Completion of a teacher education program is one of the requirements for initial licensure from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Applicants will undergo a review to determine whether they can demonstrate subject-matter knowledge for an initial license in Moderate Disabilities.

Beginning September 1, 2016, new students will follow the prescribed program listed below in conjunction with advisor approval. Students enrolled in the program prior to this date must meet with their advisor to review the remaining courses in their program.

All students must contact their academic advisor to be cleared for registration in future semesters. 

Moderate Disabilities Teacher Education Program

Course Requirements

Suggested sequence of courses.

Course Title Credits

ED 5740G

ED 6500G

Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms

Pre-Practicum Field-Based Experience I



ED 5710G Challenges in Learning and Development 4
ED 5200G Reading Strategies and Interventions 4
ED 5810G Assessment and Instruction for Moderate Disabilities (Pre-requisite: ED 5710G) 4
ED 6120G Teaching Science and Social Studies for Moderate Disabilities Teachers (coming Spring 2017) 4
GRAD 519 Core Math: Numbers and Operations, Function, Geometry and Algebra 4
ED 5730G Math Methods for the Elementary School (Pre-requisite: GRAD 519) 4

ED 582G

Sheltered English Instruction, with field experience
(or alternate elective with evidence of SEI endorsement)


ED 6505G

Pre-Practicum Field Experience II


ED 551G

ED 6510G

Practicum for Teacher of Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)

Practicum Seminar



Practicum Requirements
  • Successful completion of all MTEL exams related to the license
  • Practicum application with advisor permission and signature
  • Attendance at a practicum information session
  • Good academic standing in the graduate program
MTEL Requirements
  • Communications & Literacy Skills (01): Reading and Writing subtests
  • General Curriculum (03): Math and Multi-Subject subtests
  • Foundations of Reading (90)

Course work and program options are subject to change.

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