Moderate Disabilities Certificate Program

Emmanuel College's Education Department is now offering a certificate in moderate disabilities

Emmanuel’s Master of Education (MEd) degree focuses on urban education and culturally responsive teaching to give you the content knowledge and pedagogical skills to teach in public and private school systems.

The program offers initial licensure in the fields of elementary teaching (grades 1-6) and middle/secondary teaching (grades 5-8 or 8-12) for biology, English language arts, history, mathematics and Spanish. The option for an additional endorsement in Teaching Students with Moderate Learning Disabilities is also available.

The Master of Education in Urban Education is framed around six key performance areas and learning goals:

  • Learning and creating learning communities
  • Curriculum planning and assessment of learning
  • Teaching all students
  • Engaging families and communities
  • Promoting access, equity and education
  • Developing professional culture, ethics and leadership

Evening courses are designed to accommodate working professionals and motivated students can complete the program in 12 months. Both the elementary and secondary teaching programs require 10 courses and two practicum experiences.

The three-course program provides licensed educators with content in strategies for teaching students with disabilities and diverse learning styles.  

The courses and seminar meet the following competencies for an add-on Moderate Disabilities license:

  • Educational terminology for students with mild to moderate disabilities;
  • Preparation, implementation, and evaluation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs);
  • Design or modification of curriculum, instructional materials, and general education classroom environments for students with moderate disabilities;
  • Federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to special education;
  • Coverage of Knowledge of services provided by other agencies;
  • Ways to prepare and maintain students with disabilities for general education classrooms;
  • Instruction on the appropriate use of augmentative and alternative communication and other assistive technologies.

Applicants must provide undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts. Prior to acceptance, a transcript review will be conducted to determine that previous course work addressed license required content and competencies. 

Emmanuel's certificate program requires successful completion of testing and coursework:
EDUC 5401: Child and Adolescent Development
EDUC 5750: Teaching Students with Disabilities for General Education Professionals
EDUC 5762: Moderate Disabilities Practicum/ Seminar (150-hour practicum) Candidates must pass required MTEL (Massachusetts Teacher Educator License) for this add-on license prior to endorsement.

Questions? E-mail gpp@emmanuel.edu or call 617-735-9700.

Graduate Credit* (3 credits) rate based on college graduate tuition

*Catholic School teachers: Current teachers receive a 40% graduate credit tuition discount 

  • EDUC 5401 Child and Adolescent Development October 30 -December 17
  • EDUC 5750 Teaching Students with Disabilities for General Education Professional Jan -Feb 2018
  • EDUC 5752 Moderate Disabilities Practicum/Seminar March -April 2018

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