This unique dual license program embodies the philosophy of all Simmons graduate education programs that is grounded in the principles of inclusion — that all individuals can learn and have the right to do so in a classroom within their own community and with learners their own age. Simmons offers personalized support for each student in the program which is further enhanced by the small classes and close mentoring relationships that students develop with faculty and their internship supervisors.
Our program helps students gain the expertise, knowledge and confidence to become effective and skillful inclusive classroom teachers. Elementary license students take method courses that incorporate instruction in a variety of learning styles in reading and language arts, math, social studies and science. Our students also study the cultural and historical foundation of the American school, special education laws & regulations and developmental psychology as it applies to learning and teaching strategies. In addition to the courses focusing on strategies for teaching in inclusive classrooms, educational psychology, special education law, assessment and IEP development, secondary license students pursue methodology courses in their specific license content area.
Upon successful completion of the program, the Education Department will endorse students for their general education license and students will apply for their special education license on their own.