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Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K - Grade 8)

Student in class representing the Special Education degree at Curry CollegeStudents interested in working as a special educator in public school settings with children Pre-Kindergarten (integrated preschools) through Grade 8 can pursue a Special Education degree. The Special Education major prepares students to teach all subject areas to children in inclusive settings as well as substantially separate classrooms. In accordance with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), this career path also requires completion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Course Requirements and Information

Admission to Curry College does not automatically include admission to an education major. Undergraduate students interested in an education major apply to their prospective major in the fall semester of their sophomore year (December 1). The online application is available via the student portal.

Requirements for admission are as follows:

  • Overall cumulative grade point exceeding 2.5. Students must maintain the 2.5 GPA requirement throughout their course of study.
  • Minimum grade of C in all required education courses and courses identified as related requirements.
  • Where applicable, a passing score on both subtests of the Massachusetts Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST)
  • Two recommendations

Transfer Students

Students transferring from another institution will be advised into appropriate courses during the advising process. At this time, the Education Department accepts three education courses for transfer from other institutions: Child Development, Educational Psychology, Children with Special Needs. Additional courses for transfer may be considered. In all cases, students must submit both transcripts and course descriptions for review. If a course is aligned with the goals and learning outcomes of a Curry Education course, it will be approved for credit toward completion of an Education major.

  • Students must pass both subtests (Reading and Writing) of the Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST) as a requirement for being accepted to the Special Education major.
  • Students must also pass two additional MTEL exams: Foundations of Reading Test (FOR) and the Elementary content specific test, General Curriculum (03).
  • The General Curriculum MTEL (03) is comprised of a Multi-subject subtest and a Mathematics subtest. A passing score on the Elementary Mathematics MTEL (53) will also satisfy the Mathematics subtest requirement.
  • Students must pass ALL required MTEL exams in order to enroll in full practicum/student teaching
  • Once a student has successfully completed all college, program/major, and MTEL testing requirements the student may apply to DESE for an Initial License.

Prerequisite Coursework:

AE 1300 Competencies for the Prospective Educator 1.5
PSY 1400 Child Development 3
ED 1150 Exploring the World of Education 3
ED 2161 Educational Psychology 3


Core Coursework:

ED 2412 Strategies for the Effective Educator 3
ED 2600 Introduction to Special Education 3
ED XXXX Special Education Sequence Requirement 3
ED 2700 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy 3
ED 3105 Institute on Learning Differences 2
ED 3190 Classroom Assessment 3
ED 3190L Assessment Lab: Reading 3
ED 3750 Sheltered English Immersion 3
ED 3985 Education Capstone: Integrating Research Based Practices 3


Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:

ED 3700 The Teaching of Reading/Field Observation 4
ED 3701 Field Observation and Participation 1
ED 3195 Fundamentals of Curriculum: Instructional Methods in Social Studies and Language Arts 3
ED 3197 Pre-Practicum I: Elementary 1
ED 3415 Advanced Curriculum & Assessment for Diverse Learners 3
ED 3455 Pre-Practicum II: Special Education 1
ED 4563 Senior Practicum: Special Education 9
ED 4563SM Senior Practicum Seminar 0


Related Requirements:

MATH 1550 Quantification in School Mathematics 3
MATH 2550 Number Theory and Relationships for Teachers 3
MATH 3250 Pedagogy and Specialized Instruction in Mathematics 3
PSY 2100 Adolescent Psychology 3

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act requires all institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students who receive federal financial assistance to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing.

Note: Curry College had a 100% pass rate for program completers during the 2015-2016 reporting year.

Information about Curry pass rates is available upon request by contacting the Licensure Officer/Title II Coordinator, (617) 333-2196.

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure are administered Monday-Saturday at designated test centers in Massachusetts and in many states each academic year. Additional information regarding all state testing is available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,  Office of Educator Licensure 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-9140; Telephone: (781) 338-6600; www.mtel.nesinc.com. For additional information about Curry College's testing requirements, please contact Curry College Licensure Officer at 617-333.2196.

  1. Plan thoughtful, appropriate learning experiences that meet group and individual needs aligned with workplace expectations and state / federal / agency frameworks or guidelines.
  2. Carry out well-developed plans and assess regularly and systematically both individual outcomes and the quality of instruction.
  3. Establish, manage, and maintain effective learning environments with attention to positive social, emotional, physical and cognitive climates.
  4. Promote equity through culturally responsive practices and to continually seek to deepen one's knowledge and understanding within a constantly changing society.  This includes, but is not limited to, the complexity and interaction of the following: achievement, individual gifts learning situations and content, family structures, race and cultural identity, gender, abilities/disabilities, varied learning styles across varied learning situations and content, socio-economic status, religion, language and linguistic differences.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and leadership toward a just society.
    1. understand his/her legal and moral responsibilities
    2. advocate for the health and well being of all
    3. demonstrate reflective practices as a means to grow and to question
    4. hold a disposition toward critical analysis and evaluation of ever-changing practices, (including technologies), processes, content,  and oral forms
    5. demonstrate the  ability to communicate one's ideas clearly in written and oral forms

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