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Special Education, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
The Special Education program offered by Lesley University leads to initial licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8). This program focuses on the development of students' potential in an inclusive learning community. 
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Prospective teachers in this Special Education program offered by Lesley University develop expertise in assessment, curriculum design, and instructional techniques that provide access to the learning environment. There is an emphasis on the development of skills that lead to the successful collaboration between special and general education.

The senior practicum will be a full semester experience at one level within a PreK–8 setting serving students with special needs.

Students in the Special Education major must choose a liberal arts major to complement their professional study. Students may choose from eleven liberal arts fields:

  • Biology
  • Children, Youth and Family Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Global Studies: Politics, Culture, and Society
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

You’ll learn how to assess students’ needs, use technology that makes learning accessible, and develop strategies for bringing together students with varying learning styles and needs. You’ll develop the skills to foster respect and kindness among students.

Gain Skills and Expertise

  • Understand the physical, emotional, and social needs of children with disabilities.
  • Design curriculum and instruction to provide access to the learning environment.
  • Develop the skills to collaborate successfully with administrators, teachers and parents.
  • Gain an understanding of the laws that support inclusionary practices in our society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Rolling admission after the deadline.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teaching, Learning and Social Responsibility
  • Literacy Learning
  • Teaching Mathematics for the Elementary School Teachers
  • Teaching Geometry, Measurement, and Data
  • Developing Accessible Instruction for Struggling Readers and Writers
  • Special Education
  • Sheltered English Instruction: Pre-K - 6
  • Curriculum Adaptation and Technology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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