Maria de Lourdes B. Serpa
Professor Emerita


  • English language learners
  • Reading and literacy
  • Special education and learning disabilities

Maria de Lourdes B. Serpa, now professor emerita, spent her time at Lesley University as a bilingual professor who is committed to high quality teacher education and equity in educational practice for all students. She was a doctoral senior advisor and has designed master’s programs and doctoral specializations in bilingual-ESL special education. Serpa served as the director and co-director of two major five-year teacher education projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Assessing ELLs with Disabilities Institute funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She also co-directs the Universal Design for Learning-Teaching Portuguese Worldwide Project and is the co-founder of the Portuguese World Language Institute.