Special educators are more than teachers – they are passionate advocates.

Our Special Education students are constant innovators, dedicated researchers, and promoters of social justice. With a focus on evidence-based best practices, this degree provides the skills and licensure you need to launch a meaningful career and meet the needs of all the students in your classroom.

Through our five-year Accelerated Special Education program, students begin taking graduate courses while completing an undergraduate degree in liberal arts or science. The fifth year of the program includes a full-year student teaching internship that leads to a master's degree and initial teaching licensure in Massachusetts for Moderate Disabilities (grades PreK-8 or 5-12) or Severe Disabilities (all grades).

With Special Education now identified as a high need teaching area in nearly every state, our graduates enter the workforce with a full year of teaching experience and gain assistance with the job search through faculty support and Simmons' Education Careers Networking Fair with representatives from area schools.

    Judah Axe
    • Judah Axe
    • Associate Professor of Education and Behavior Analysis and
    • Phone: 617-521-2144
    • Office: W304A
    Jennifer Edge-Savage
    Janet Chumley
    • Janet Chumley
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Education
    • Phone: 617-521-2239
    • Office: W303A
    Christine Evans
    • Christine Evans
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Education and Director
    • Phone: 617-521-2552
    • Office: W303K
    Jane Hardin
Special Education Minor Requirements

A student may pursue a minor in special education by completing the following courses:

  • EDUC 156: Schools in an Era of Change
  • SPND 422: Analysis of Behavior: Principles and Classroom Applications
  • SPND 444: Special Education Laws and Regulations for Teachers and Administrators
  • SPND 445: The Individualized Education Program: Strategies for Development, Interpretation, and Implementation
  • SPND 446: Learners with Special Needs
  • RDG 410: Multisensory Structured Language Strategies for Reading 
How to Apply

You'll enter the program as an undergraduate and should apply for the MS in Education portion in your junior year. MS in Education applications are currently available for entry in Summer 2018 and Summer 2019.

Get started on the undergraduate application.