Master of Education—Moderate Disabilities

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

Candidates for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Moderate Disabilities (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 Disabilities from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For more information on the Initial Licensure Program for Moderate Disabilities, 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 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 (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 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.

Additional courses that transfer from the initial licensure program are ED-921, ED-923, ED-922, and ED-924. These are required courses for the M.Ed.

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

Core M.Ed. Requirements

ED-981Advanced Foundations of Education3
ED-982Research in Education3
ED-993Seminar: Research in Content Concentration3
ED-992Portfolio Evaluation1

Candidates are advised to take 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. 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 for initial licensure and the college standards for the Master in Education Degree.

Core Content/Pedagogical Courses

CD-910Speech/Language Development, Differences and Diversity3
ED-914Teaching and Learning Literacy Across Multiple Disciplines3
ED-929Mathematics Assessment and Instruction For Diverse Learners3
ED-913Differentiated Reading Instruction3

These four courses are required to complete the M.Ed. with a concentration in Moderate Disabilities 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.

Students who have completed Worcester State University Post-Baccalaureate Program for Initial Teacher License in Moderate Disabilities 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 Moderate Disabilities.

Elective Courses (select one of 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-917Diagnosis, Analysis, and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle and Upper Grades3
ED-979Technology and Literacy in the Classroom3
EE-915Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties3
Other course with approval from the Moderate Disabilities Graduate Coordinator.