Who inspired you?

You can probably remember the moment you fell in love with a great book or finally mastered a tough mathematical concept. Chances are a talented teacher helped guide you. Teaching at the middle/high school level, you'll help students discover their interests and find their own paths. You'll also double-major in a liberal arts field — gaining a deep understanding of another area to complement your educational studies.

Our program combines theory with practice in the field to help you develop your own teaching philosophy and style. Graduates go on to successful careers in teaching and school administration.

Please note: Licensure programs in Elementary Education, Middle School or High School Education in Political Science and Chemistry, Moderate and Severe Special Needs, and English as a Second Language are only available through the Kathleen Dunn Scholars program. The Dunn Scholars program is a 5-year program that allows students to earn both a BA/BS and an MAT/M.S.Ed either simultaneously or concurrently. Please see the Dunn Scholars page for more information.

Program Requirements

Students in the four year program preparing to teach at the middle school or high school level must double major in education and in a subject matter area taught in public schools. Majors are required to complete the following sequence of courses:

  • Stage I: Fundamentals of Education in the Inclusive Classroom (Common Core)
  • Stage II: Subject Matter Field(s)
  • Stage III: Licensure Preparation
Stage I: Fundamentals of Education in the Inclusive Classroom (Common Core) (8 semester hours)

The following courses are required for all general education majors:

  • *EDUC 156 Schools in an Era of Change (freshman or sophomore year)
  • *GEDUC 460 Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom (junior year)
    *Includes fieldwork

Students will be evaluated for writing competence at the conclusion of EDUC 156 and must be recommended by the faculty to advance to GEDUC 460. Students will again be evaluated after completion of GEDUC 460. Those students who have not demonstrated strong academic and literacy skills will be offered other options and will work closely with their advisors to find a match for their child-related interests in a non-licensed field.

Stage II: Subject Matter Field(s)

Special subject teachers at the high school and middle school levels must complete the requirements for a major in their subject matter fields. In some areas, additional specific courses are required by state regulations. Students must consult with an advisor in the Department of Education while planning their academic major.

  • Teacher of biology: A major in biology is required.
  • Teacher of English: A major in English is required.
  • Teacher of history: A major in history is required.

Teacher of modern world language: A major in a modern language other than English is required.* Twenty semester hours must be above the intermediate level, and advanced composition and conversation, linguistics, and theories of first and second language acquisition must be included. Students must demonstrate fluency as determined by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures before student teaching. In addition, Massachusetts licensure requires a demonstration of proficiency at or above the advanced level according to ACTFL/ILR guidelines.

*Simmons has approved licensure programs in Spanish and French.

Teacher of mathematics: A major in mathematics is required.

Stage III: Licensure Preparation (36 semester hours)
  • PSYC 236 Psychology of Adolescence (Prereq.: PSYC 101)
  • EDUC 310 Seminar in Teaching and Learning at the Middle and High School Level (taken concurrently with EDUC 383, EDUC 384, or EDUC 385)
  • EDUC 383 Practicum: Middle School (Grades 5—8) (12 semester hours)
    or EDUC 384 Practicum: High School (Grades 8—12) (12 semester hours)
    or EDUC 385 Practicum: French, Spanish, ESL (Grades 5—12) (12 semester hours)
  • GEDUC 420 Teaching for Content Area Literacy
  • *GEDUC 455 Issues in Teaching and Learning for Middle and High School Teachers
  • *GEDUC 47— A course in the curriculum of specific subject areas in middle and high school
  • *TESL 417 Sheltered English Instruction
  • SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs

*Includes fieldwork

Minor Requirements

Elementary Minor (20 credits)

  • EDUC 156: Schools in an Era of Change
  • GEDUC 460: Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

Three of the following courses:

  • SPND 446: Learners with Special Needs
  • GEDUC 461: Social Studies, Science and the Arts in the Elementary Classroom
  • GEDUC 464: Reading and Language Arts for the Elementary Classroom
  • GEDUC 467: Math for the Elementary Classroom

Middle/High School Minor (20 credits)

  • EDUC 156: Schools in an Era of Change
  • SPND 446: Learners with Special Needs (or another appropriate course in special education)
  • GEDUC 455: Issues in Teaching and Learning for Middle and High School Teachers
  • GEDUC 460: Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom
  • GEDUC 47X: Methods course in the appropriate subject matter area

Special Education Minor (20 credits)

  • EDUC 156: Schools in an Era of Change
  • SPND 446: Learners with Special Needs
  • RDG 410: Multisensory Structured Language Strategies for Teachers
  • SPND 422: Differentiating Instruction Using Technology Across the Curriculum
  • SPND 444: Special Education Laws and Regulations for Teachers and Administrators (2 credits)
  • SPND 445: The Individualized Education Program: Strategies for Development, Interpretation and Implementation (2 credits)


Customize Your Program

Many of our students choose our accelerated Kathleen Dunn Scholars program to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in only 5 years. The 5-year program's dual licensure option allows students to add study in special education to prepare for the challenges of the modern inclusion classroom.

    Paul Abraham
    • Paul Abraham
    • Professor, Director of Matesl
    • Phone: 617-521-2575
    • Office: W304D
    Helen Guttentag
    • Helen Guttentag
    • Dr of Clinical Programs & Undergrad. Ed, Prof of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2553
    • Office: W304F
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    • Janie Ward
    • Professor & Chair of Education and Africana Studies Depar
    • Phone: 617-521-2255
    • Office: W304C
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