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Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, Guided Studies, Professional Concentration, M.Ed.


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Guided Studies


Graduate Program Chair

Anne Howard, PhD, Severe Disabilities and Guided Studies

Graduate Committee

Lyndsey Benharris, PhD
William Cortezia, PhD

Danette Day, EdD
Janna Heiligenstein, PhD, co-chair

Anne Howard, PhD
Ruth Joseph, EdD, co-chair
Richard Masciarelli, MEd

Nancy Murray, EdD
Robert Shapiro, PhD, BCBA-D

Program Description

The Guided Study Program, Professional Concentration, is designed for individuals who hold initial Massachusetts licensure as teachers of students with moderate disabilities or severe disabilities, and who are seeking professional licensure in the same area and level. Students are required to complete 36 credits, including nine required courses (27 credits), a capstone (3 credits), and two electives (6 credits).

Admissions Standards and Criteria

To apply for enrollment in the Special Education, Guided Studies, Professional Concentration M.Ed. program, a student must submit documents as outlined in the Graduate Admission section, as well as:

  • Official transcripts of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Massachusetts Initial License in Special Education, Moderate or Severe Disabilities
  • Personal Statement
  • Note: MAT/GRE exams are not required

Students must complete an essay of no more than one page in response to one of the following questions/statement:

  1. Tell about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
  2. What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
  3. Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping role.
  • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
  • What did you do in that particular situation?
  • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
  • How do you feel about the situation now?
  • What would you change, if anything?

Total for Degree 36 cr.


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