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Degree Requirements

The degree requires successful completion of twelve (12) courses, in addition to a practicum for those seeking an Initial License as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities. An oral comprehensive examination is required of all students as the culminating experience. A professional portfolio must be completed and presented prior to the oral comprehensive examination as part of the degree program. The exam is taken during the student’s final semester of study in the degree program (including practicum) or the semester immediately following the semester.

Education Core Courses (3)
EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice
EDUC 998 Language Developments and Communication
EDUC 999 Research and Evaluation (recommended to be taken in the final year of coursework)

Concentration Courses (9)
LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction
LTRC 930 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
SPED 937 Connecting Mathematical Concepts and Teaching
SPED 956 Curriculum Development and Modification
SPED 960 Assessment Procedures
SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Students with Moderate Disabilities
SPED 963 Behavior and Classroom Management
SPED 964 Collaborative Educational Planning
INST 968 Introduction to Assistive Technology


Practicum
(for those seeking Licensure only)

Candidates seeking an Initial license as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities at the Grades PreK-8 level must complete a 300-hour practicum. Seventy-five (75) hours of the practicum must be completed in an inclusive, general education setting in grades PreK-8. The remaining 225 hours may be completed in inclusive, general education settings or in separate or substantially separate settings for students with moderate disabilities in grades PreK-8. Upon approval of their practicum application, candidates enroll in SPED 944 Practicum in Moderate Disabilities: Grades PreK-8.

 
Candidates seeking an Initial license as Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities at the Grades 5-12 level must complete a 300-hour practicum. One hundred-fifty (150) hours of the practicum must be completed in an inclusive, general education setting in grades 5-12. The remaining 150 hours may be completed in inclusive, general education settings or in separate or substantially separate settings for students with moderate disabilities in grades 5-12. Upon approval of their practicum application, candidates enroll in SPED 945 Practicum in Moderate Disabilities: Grades 5-12.

Note:

  • The practicum is not required of Candidates who are not seeking licensure.
  • The practicum is completed with the degree program for candidates seeking their first Initial License. For candidates who hold an Initial or Professional License in another area, the practicum may be completed after the degree in limited situations with the approval of the Program Coordinator.

Guidelines for Practicum in Special Needs

Candidates are expected to secure their own placement site which must be approved by the University. The placement site(s) must meet the practicum criteria for the licensure level the student is seeking. Candidates who need assistance securing a placement site should consult with their program advisor and the program coordinator. Candidates must submit a practicum application at least three (3) months before the semester during which they want to take the practicum.

For a Fall practicum, apply no later than June 1st.
For a Spring practicum, apply no later than October 15th.
For a Summer practicum, apply no later than March 1st.

When the practicum application is approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Program Coordinator, the candidate may register for the appropriate practicum course.

Candidates who are employed in a regular education setting as a general education teacher or as a paraprofessional, even if that setting includes students who receive special education services, are not considered to be in the role of the special education teacher; therefore that position may not be used for the practicum experience. The candidate may move to a special education position in the same school for the practicum experience. The candidate may be a school employee while in the practicum.

Candidates may complete some practicum hours in approved public or private day or residential schools for students with moderate disabilities. These settings may not be used for required hours in inclusive, general education classrooms.

Note: Candidates must have completed all concentration courses prior to the practicum semester or be enrolled in the final concentration course concurrently with the practicum course. Candidates may not take more than one course in addition to the practicum during the practicum semester.

Evidence of passing scores on all required MTEL tests must be on file before beginning the practicum. Candidates who have not passed all required MTEL tests prior to the first day of the semester in which they have registered to take the practicum will have to withdraw from the practicum course.

 

Sheltered English Instruction Endorsement

Candidates seeking the Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) License are required to obtain the Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) endorsement in one of the following ways:

  1. Complete the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved SEI course through Framingham State University. Note: You must be matriculated in a graduate program to pursue this option.
  2. Complete the DESE approved SEI course through your school district (available to district employees).
  3. Complete the DESE approved SEI course through another licensure program (e.g. candidates who are adding the Moderate Disabilities license completed an approved SEI course in as an undergraduate.
  4. Pass the SEI MTEL test (Available beginning Spring 2014).
  5. Hold an ESL License (PreK-6 or 5-12).
  6. Hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in ESL.
  7. Hold a Bachelor’s or  Master’s degree in a related field, as determined by the DESE (e.g. Applied Linguistics).
  8. Completed two or three category trainings (from the previous ELL training system) and complete the modified SEI course offered by the DESE.

Coordinator: Dr. Katherine Hibbard, Education
Advisors: Dr. Katherine Hibbard, Education, Dr. Rosanne Majoy, Education, and Dr. Kathleen Larche, Education

Notes:

  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.

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