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Take a 3-course sequence that allows you to add a Special Education endorsement to your existing (or in-process) initial license in a core academic area and will provide coverage of all required competency areas for Teachers of Moderate Disabilities set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Candidates will work with their schools to complete the required 150 practicum hours required for the license.

The program can be completed in as little as one year. There is no application to the Special Education Add-On program; candidates enroll in coursework as non-degree students.

Licensure in Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 or 5-12 can be added on to any Initial License in a core academic area such as Elementary, English, History, Biology, Physics, General Science, or Math.  

Candidates should have evidence of passing the following MTEL tests: 

Elementary

  • Communication and Literacy Skills
  • Foundations of Reading or Reading Specialist Subject Matter Test
  • General Curriculum (multi-subject and math subtests)

Middle/Secondary

  • Communication and Literacy Skills
  • Foundations of Reading or Reading Specialist subject matter test
  • Subject matter test in one of the core academic subjects taught in 5-8 or 8-12 for which the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issues licenses

Prerequisite course

  • EDU 512 Teaching and Managing Inclusive Classrooms, K-12 (or equivalent)

Required courses

  • EDU 548 Classroom Management for Mildly and Moderately Disabled Students in Inclusive Settings (pre-req EDU 512 or equivalent)
  • EDU 549 Diagnostic and Remedial Assessment for Students with Moderate Disabilities  (pre-req EDU 512 or equivalent)

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