• Masters of Education
    in Moderate Disabilities

    The Master of Education in Moderate Disabilities program at Worcester State University helps you become a highly trained educator with the specialized knowledge and skills to teach students with moderate disabilities in all grades levels.

    Our convenient, part-time program is designed for working adults with an initial teacher license in moderate disabilities. If you completed WSU’s initial teacher licensure program in moderate disabilities, you can easily transfer 12 of those credits to this master’s program.

    You’ll work closely with your faculty advisor to identify your unique academic and career goals and develop a program of study to achieve them. You’ll also conduct in-depth research on a topic in moderate disabilities that interests you—and that applies to your classroom practice. Your studies culminate in a comprehensive thesis project, for which you’ll compile an electronic portfolio of work that not only demonstrates your mastery of all program competencies, but also showcases your professional development.

    Graduates of our program have found great success as special education teachers in public and private schools across the state. In fact, a master’s degree in moderate disabilities from WSU may be used toward professional teacher licensure in Massachusetts.

  • Admissions Requirements
    Candidates for the Master of Education with a concentration in moderate disabilities (P-8 or 5-12) are required to meet the competencies established by Graduate School Admissions for all candidates seeking a Master of Education degree through Worcester State University.

    Candidates must possess an Initial license as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Learn more about our initial licensure program for moderate disabilities.

    Students who have completed the Post-Baccalaureate Program for Initial Teacher License in Moderate Disabilities and elect to continue taking courses leading to the Master of Education degree, may transfer 12 credits from the initial licensure program. The students then complete an additional 25 credits for a total of 37 to earn a Master of Education degree with a concentration in moderate disabilities.
    Program of Study

    The Worcester State University moderate disabilities master’s 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 (P-8 or 5-12) 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 that total to 10 credits. Completion of these courses assures that students have acquired graduate-level knowledge and skills in the foundation of education, and in the interpretation, planning, and implementation of educational research.

    Core Requirements

    • 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 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. ED992 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 for initial licensure and the college standards for the Master in Education degree.

    Core Content/Pedagogical Courses
    • CD 910 Speech & Language Development, Differences, Diversity (3 credits)
    • ED 914 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (3 credits)
    • ED 929 Mathematics Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credits)
    • ED 913 Differentiated Reading Instruction (3 credits)

    These 3 courses are required to complete the M.Ed. with a concentration in moderate disabilities 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 electives under the advisement of the program coordinator.

    Elective Courses
    • EA 931 Administration of programs for children with Special Needs (3 credits)
    • ED 901 Technology in Education (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 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)