Moderate Disabilties - Initial

Moderate Disabilties - Initial

Required Courses

The following courses are required for this program. Courses at each level must be completed before proceeding to the next level.

100 Level

 

200 Level

 

300 Level

 

SEI Endorsement

In addition to the courses listed above, all enrollees are required to obtain the SEI Endorsement, either with CES or through their district. Click here for more information about SEI Endorsement, or click the link below to view upcoming course availability. The CES SEI Endorsement course may be taken at any point in the program.


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ANNOUNCEMENT: Candidates enrolling in the program as of 11/1/15 will be required to complete two 7.5 hour workshops - Writing Best Practice IEPs and Differentiating Instruction Using Word Study - and one course, Curriculum and Assessment for Teachers IN ADDITION to the Moderate Disabilities program courses. The cost of these workshops is included in the total program cost for individuals enrolling in the program as of 11/1/15.

For candidates who enrolled prior to 11/1/15, the workshops are an optional addition to your program for $100/workshop.

Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) (5-12) - Initial Licenses

Prepares candidates for:

  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) Initial License
  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (5-12) Initial License

Candidates may come from either inside or outside the field of public education.

Important Opportunity:

If you are currently working with a waiver as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, or if you would like to add the Moderate Disabilities license to your current educator license, you may be eligible to enroll in two of your required courses FREE OF CHARGE, to support completing requirements for license. Please see our Massachusetts Licensure Academy page for more details.

Program Structure:

Courses are hybrid-online, with four face-to-face sessions and online coursework between class meetings.

Face-to-face classes meet in Northampton or Marlborough.

Prerequisites: 
  • A Bachelors Degree
Requirements: 
  • Meet MTEL and application requirements, including prerequisites
  • Meet SEI Endorsement requirements if completing the program after June 30, 2014
  • Complete 6 required courses; 7 courses if RETELL is needed
  • Complete the Practicum

Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy MTELs are required with application. Endorsement in the Licensure Program is contingent upon successful completion of all the MTELs.

MTEL Requirements: 

MTEL Requirements - All Candidates:

  • Communication and Literacy Skills Test
  • Foundations of Reading Test (taken upon completion of all or part of the program)
  • General Curriculum with Math (subset) or a Content Area test

Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy MTELs are required with application. Endorsement in the Licensure Program is contingent upon successful completion of all the MTELs.

MTEL Requirements - PreK-8

  • General Curriculum Test

MTEL Requirements - 5-12

  • General Curriculum Test or
  • Academic Subject Test: English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, earth science, general science or physics), history or political science/political philosophy at either the 5-8 or 8-12 level.
Practicum: 
  • PreK-8: 300 hours in an inclusive general education setting or 225 hours in a separate or substantially separate setting for students with moderate disabilities plus 75 hours in an inclusive general education setting
  • 5-12: 300 hours in an inclusive general education setting or 150 hours in a separate or substantially separate setting for students with moderate disabilities plus 150 hours in an inclusive general education setting.
  • Reflective Practicum Seminar
  • Success in the practicum is assessed based on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Pre-Service Performance Assessment

Click here to learn more about the Practicum.

Graduate Credit: 

All courses may be taken for graduate credit. For those interested in obtaining a graduate degree, graduate credits may be applied toward a M.Ed. - Curriculum & Teaching or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS), through the Collaborative's partnership with Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit registration forms are available at the first session of each course. For more information about the Graduate Options available, click here. For graduate program procedures and information, email liaison@collaborative.org.

For more information, contact: 
Position: 
Student Affairs, Licensure Programs
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5937
Email: 
lmanchester@collaborative.org