Special Education Moderate Disabilities Levels PreK-8/Autism Endorsement (Initial) Licensure Concentration, M.S.
Master of Science in Education
The Master of Science in Education is designed to prepare professionals for careers in education and related fields. The degree includes options for individuals with a bachelor’s degree that leads to careers in education in pre-school through secondary levels. While the M.S. in Education seeks to provide graduates with the skills, knowledge, and creativity needed for success in the classroom, community, and organizations, the specializations, certifications and licensure provide depth in a particular area of educational practice, policy, curriculum, and state-of-the-art inclusionary best practices.
Coursework for the Moderate Disabilities program provides practitioners with age-appropriate strategies for education students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. The program focuses on current issues in special education, best practices for inclusive education, including law nondiscriminatory assessment, issues of cultural and linguistic diversity, classroom and behavioral adaptations, integration of new technologies and collaboration with families and service providers. This program includes a yearlong practicum.
The Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Moderate Disabilities Levels 5- 12/Autism Endorsement or Moderate Disabilities Levels PreK-8/Autism Endorsement both require the completion of 48 credit hours and a practicum or internship experience to meet degree requirements. The Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Severe Disabilities: All Levels/Autism Endorsement requires the completion of 45 credit hours and a practicum or internship experience to make degree requirements. Students who complete any of these three concentrations will also earn a certificate in Autism Endorsement.
Additional Program Information
Title II of the Higher Education Act
Title II (Section 207 of the Higher Education Act) requires that institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students receiving federal financial assistance prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing. The full report is distributed with admissions materials and is also available upon request.
Bay Path Pass Rates on the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL), 2020-2021
Pass rates are based on the 2020-2021 cohort of students who completed their licensure requirements during that year. These students are designated as program completers:
- Number of Program Completers = 48
- Pass Rate on the MTEL = 100%
M.S. Education: Moderate Disabilities Levels PreK-8/Autism Endorsement (Initial) Licensure Requirements
|SPE 510||Managing Challenging Behaviors||3|
|SPE 511||Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|SPE 515||Foundations for Promoting Inclusive Schools||3|
|SPE 520||Learners with Special Needs||3|
|SPE 525||Multisensory Language and Literacy Strategies||3|
|SPE 528||Curriculum I: English, Reading, History/Social Science PreK-8||3|
|SPE 530||Curriculum Design and Assessment||3|
|SPE 538||Curriculum II: Math, Science, Technology and Engineering PreK-8||3|
|SPE 546||Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders||3|
|SPE 548||Reading and Language Arts for English Language Learners||3|
|SPE 552||Advocacy, Collaboration and Problem Solving for Students with Autism||3|
|SPE 556||Supporting Comm. and Social Develop ment for Students with Autism||3|
|SPE 558||Practicum Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) (taken twice)||6|
|SPE 562||Field-Based Practicum and Seminar Autism Endorsement||3|
|Total Credits Required:||45|
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Science in Education program are expected to demonstrate achievement in all areas of the program. Specifically, graduates will be able to:
- Prepare students to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Professional Standards for Teachers Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment standard.
- Prepare students to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Professional Standards for Teachers Teaching All Students standard.
- Prepare students to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Professional Standards for Teachers Professional Culture standard.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills through in-class assignments and presentations, to be applied in the teaching-learning process.