Master of Education in Special Needs (PreK–8, 5–12)
The program in Special Needs prepares professionals to work with children with moderate disabilities at the PreK–8 and 5–12 levels who participate in integrated or self-contained classrooms. These programs lead to Initial or Professional Licensure in Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8, 5–12).
The Moderate Disabilities programs (PreK–8 and 5–12) are designed in two different tracks: 1) a 21-credit post-baccalaureate program that leads to Initial Licensure and an optional 15 additional credit program to obtain a Master’s degree in Special Needs, and 2) a 36-credit appropriate Master’s Degree program for a Professional License.
Upon completion of the program students will:
Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate,
promoting equity and meeting professional standards.
Demonstrate ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and apply measurement data.
Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to subject matter.
Demonstrate knowledge of typical child development and exceptionalities
The curriculum for the Special Needs programs leading to licensure in Moderate Disabilities addresses theories of language development, including differences between first and second language acquisition and the effects of disabilities on learning and vocabulary development. The program explores diagnosis and assessment of that development; theories, concepts, and methods of assessment; educational terminology for students with mild to moderate disabilities; study of individualized Education Programs; curriculum development for students with mild to moderate disabilities; behavioral management principles; innovative practices emphasizing students with special needs; and the required pre-practicum and practicum experiences as described below. A passing score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to enrolling in the practicum is required.
Moderate Disabilities: Professional Licensure (PreK–8, 5–12)
The 36-credit program satisfies the requirements for the Appropriate Master’s Degree in Moderate Disabilities and prepares special needs teachers who already possess an Initial License in the field with a program of study that prepares them to be eligible for Professional Licensure in the state of Massachusetts at both the PreK–8 and 5–12 levels.
The Appropriate Master’s Degree focuses on:
The study of advanced level subject matter and teaching methods focused on the assessment and support of the students with moderate disabilities; and
An in-depth examination of research methods, policy analysis, leadership, the social history of American education, and the foundations of student aspirations. Preparing practicing teachers to build a deeper understanding of the field in which they teach, the Appropriate Master’s Degree also provides educators with an opportunity to understand the trends in 21st century American education that have an impact on their students, schools, and lives as teachers.
Endicott College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
These programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.