Degree Requirements

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
It is important to note that Assumption College responds to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in all matters of educator licensure. Therefore the College reserves the right to revise the admission criteria and requirements of its graduate program(s) leading to eligibility for teacher licensure in compliance with the current state regulations.

Candidates for the degree of Master of Arts in Special Education are required to complete a rigorous eleven-course, 36-credit program to develop systematically the knowledge and skills essential to demonstrate competence as a teacher of students with mild or moderate disabilities. Some flexibility is afforded those students not seeking Massachusetts educator licensure. For those seeking teaching licensure, institutional endorsement for the Massachusetts Initial License for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) requires, at a minimum, successful completion of all eleven listed courses or their equivalents. Students who have not had prerequisite courses may also take additional courses. Whether or not students have had equivalent courses is determined in transcript review. Enrollment in some courses, including the practicum may require the prior approval of the Special Education Program Director and/or the completion or prerequisite course(s) beyond the eleven required courses listed.

Requirements: Master of Arts in Special Education, Initial License for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) 
EDU 502 - Teaching English Language with and without Special Needs
OR
EDU 515 - Diversity in Schooling

EDU 512 - Introduction to Research in Education
SED 560 - Foundations of Special Education
SED 561 - Individualized Education Planning: A Collaborative Approach
PSY/SED 563 - Developmental Pathways and Challenges
PSY/SED 566 - Assessment of Special Learning Needs of Children and Adolescents 
PSY/SED 568 - Behavioral Assessment and Interventions
SED 570 - Inclusion: Theory and Classroom Practice

EDU 552 - Foundations of Teaching Reading
OR
EDU 572 - Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners (prerequisite: EDU 325, EDU 552, or equivalent course OR evidence of passing score on the MTEL Foundations of Reading Test)

EDU 574 - Teaching Mathematics to Diverse Learners
SED 590* - Practicum and Seminar: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities

* Those degree candidates who do not seek Massachusetts teacher licensure must substitute an approved elective for the practicum; they may not enroll in the practicum.

Oral Examination or Case Study
All students in the Master of Arts in Special Education program are required either to pass an oral examination or present a case study to complete requirements for the degree.

Requirements: Master of Arts in Special Education, Professional License
REQUIRED:
SED 660 - Critical Issues in Special Education (prerequisite: SED 560 or equivalent)
SED 571 - Curriculum and Methods for Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8; 5-12)
SED 591 - Performance Assessment and Seminar: (PreK-8; 5-12)
SED 599 - Thesis: Guided Evidence-Based Instruction (prerequisite: EDU 512 or 703)

SEVEN ADDITIONAL COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING (must be approved by the Director of Special Education)

EDU 512 - Introduction to Research in Education
OR
EDU 703 - Advanced Research Seminar

EDU 515 - Diversity in Schooling
EDU 572 - Teaching Children and Adolescents with Reading Difficulties
EDU 575 - Seminar: Strategies in Teaching Mathematics to Students with Moderate Disabilities
SED 567 - Seminar: Advanced Assessment of Special Learning Needs
SED 580 - Learning Disabilities
SED 585 - Educating Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
SED 586 - Students with Severe Disabilities
SED 600 - Special Topics in Special Education
SED 700 - Directed Study

* Those degree candidates who do not seek Massachusetts teacher licensure must substitute an approved elective for the performance assessment; they may not enroll in the performance assessment.