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Master of Education with a concentration in Moderate Special Needs

Program Coordinator: Dr. Sue Fan Foo
Tel: 508 929-8071
Moderate Special Needs Courses 

Candidates for the Master of Education (M Ed.) with a concentration in Moderate Special Needs (P-8 or 5-12) are required to meet the competencies established by the Office of Graduate Programs 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 Special Needs from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For more information on the Initial Licensure Program for Moderate Special Needs, please go to

The Worcester State University Special Education Master’s Program is a 37-credit program, consisting of twelve (12) three-credit courses and a one-credit portfolio course. The portfolio course requires students to document mastery of content and pedagogical standards beyond the initial license.

The courses in the M.Ed. with a concentration in Moderate Special Needs (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 four core courses, that total to ten (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 M.ED. 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 Special Needs. ED 992 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

These three courses are required to complete the M Ed. with a concentration in Special Needs 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 (Suggested choices but not limited to):

            EA 931  Administration of programs for children with Special
                         Needs 3 credits
            ED 911  Advanced Foundations of Reading 3 credits
            ED 913  Differentiated Reading Instruction 3 credits
            ED 918  Reading as Language 3 credits
            ED 925  Consultation and Interpersonal skills 3 credits
            ED 910  Technology in Education 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

Students who have completed Worcester State University Post-Baccalaurette Program for Initial Teacher License in Moderate Special Needs 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 Special Education.

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