Master of Education—Moderate Disabilities (Non-Licensure)

Program Coordinator: Dr. Sue F. Foo
Phone: 508-929-8071

Candidates for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Moderate Disabilities (Non-Licensure) Program 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 are advised to contact the program coordinator for further information prior to formal application to the program.

The program allows candidates who possess the following to obtain a Master of Education with a Concentration in Moderate Disabilities without an initial licensure in Moderate Special Needs:

  • candidate has licensure in other non-academic areas such as occupational therapy, speech language pathology;
  • candidate has licensure in an academic area and is interested in a Master of Education in Moderate Disabilities.
  • candidate is a non-resident of Massachusetts and does not plan to teach in Massachusetts but is interested in the Special Education Program.

Candidates who have completed this program and decide to earn an initial licensure in Moderate Disabilities, must fulfill the following criteria:

  • pass all the MTEL requirements;
  • meet with the Program Coordinator;
  • apply to the initial licensure program and be accepted;
  • register for ED-921, ED-922, ED-923, ED-924, ED-909, ED-926, and ED-928.


Candidates who are working on this program and decide to earn an initial licensure in Moderate Disabilities must fulfill the following criteria:

  • withdraw from the Non-Licensure program through the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE);
  • apply to the Moderate Disabilities Initial Licensure program through DGCE;
  • pass all the MTEL requirements.

To access online information about the program, including an application and admission requirements, please go to:

Program of Study

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

The courses in the M.Ed. with a concentration in Moderate Disabilities (Non-Licensure) 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, which total to ten (10) credits.

Completion of these courses assures that candidates 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(10 credits)
ED-981Advanced Foundations of Education3
ED-982Research in Education3
ED-993Seminar: Research in Content Concentration3
ED-992Portfolio Evaluation1
Total Credits10

Candidates are advised to take the course, ED-981 early in the program as it provides the foundation for the graduate program. The research course ED-982 informs candidates on interesting areas of research as well as a foundation for ED-993. The seminar course is completed near the end of the program and leads to a completed research paper in the area of Moderate Disabilities (Non-Licensure). ED-992 must be taken during the last semester. The course guides candidates in compiling a program portfolio that demonstrates successful attainment of the state standards and the college standards for the Master in Education Degree.

Core Content/Concentration Courses (24 credits)
ED-905Introduction to Special Education3
ED-906Analysis and Implementation of Interventions to Support Learning Of Students With Moderate Disabilities3
ED-907Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Inclusion3
ED-908Special Education and Related Services: Consultation, Collaboration and Interprofessional Skills3
ED-913Differentiated Reading Instruction3
ED-914Teaching and Learning Literacy Across Multiple Disciplines3
ED-929Mathematics Assessment and Instruction For Diverse Learners3
CD-910Speech/Language Development, Differences and Diversity3
Total Credits24

These courses are required to complete the M Ed. with a concentration in Moderate Disabilities (Non-Licensure) 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 required to take one course as elective under the advisement of the program coordinator.

Elective Courses (select from the following)

ED-911Advanced Foundations of Literacy3
ED-918Reading As Language: Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners3
ED-951Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies in the Elementary/Middle Schools3
ED-953Integrating Science and Mathematics in the Elementary/Middle Schools3
ED-979Technology and Literacy in the Classroom3
ED-978Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Bilingual and English Language Learners3
ED-917Diagnosis, Analysis, and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle and Upper Grades3
EE-915Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties3
Other course approved by the Moderate Disabilities Graduate Coordinator.