Lusa Lo, EdD, University of San Francisco
- Family-School-Community Partnerships
- Educational Assessments
Christopher Denning, PhD, University of Virginia
- High-Incidence Disabilities
- Intervention Research
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
Kristin Murphy, PhD, University of South Florida
- Teacher Quality
- Professional Development
- Exclusionary School Settings
The graduate program in special education offers degree and certificate options with and without teacher licensure, in the field of special education.
Special Education: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities
The UMass Boston offerings in special education are focused on social justice in urban schools, emphasizing students with disabilities and the knowledge, dispositions, and practices necessary to combat disproportional representation. Through courses, field-based experiences, and practica, the program affords general educators, special educators, and other specialists in related fields an opportunity to acquire the necessary assessment, instructional, and consultation skills for working effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse children and/or adolescents who are at risk and who have special educational needs. Coursework and experiences focus on the design and implementation of, and advocacy for, inclusionary learning settings for children with and without disabilities, designed in collaboration with their teachers and parents. The urban, multicultural school provides the central context within which graduate students are guided to reflect on their teaching practices and to view themselves as active contributors to school improvement.