The Dual Licensure program prepares students for their Elementary Education initial license and the Teacher of Students with Moderate Special Needs PreK-8 initial license. This program must be done through the five year program. It is an expanded MAT program and requires the following additional special education courses:
- SPND 420 Introduction to Assistive Technology (2 credits)
- SPND 436 Formal and Informal Assessment
- SPND 444 Special Education Laws and Regulations for Teachers and Administrators (2 credits)
- SPND 445 The IEP: Strategies for Development, Interpretation, and Implementation (2 credits)
- SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs
Some of the above courses may be taken at the undergraduate level. The remaining courses would be taken at the graduate level during the fifth year.
Students in the fifth year complete an elementary education practicum during the fall semester and a special education practicum during the spring semester.
The MAT degree requires completion of 36 semester hours beyond the 128 needed for the BA or BS for initial licensure. Program administrators will explain all options for the integrated degrees. Applicants to the program must have a minimum GPA of 3.00. In addition, general education majors must have achieved a passing score on the Communication and Literacy sections of the MTEL.
Upon completion of the graduate program students receive their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and are endorsed by Simmons for the elementary education license. They apply on their own for the special education license.
See the directors of clinical programs in general or special education for program requirements