Moderate Special Needs (Certificate)


Please visit the program page to learn about curriculum, faculty, careers, and more! To request more information about this degree, please fill out our form.
Application Requirements

All candidates are required to submit the following materials:

  • A completed online or paper application form.
  • Current resume
  • Copies of all teaching licenses/certificates held
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate-level courses taken, including official transcripts from all study-abroad programs.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $35 (payable to Simmons College)

*International transcripts must be officially translated and evaluated for educational equivalency.

When mailing materials to our office, please be sure to use the exact mailing address below:

Simmons College
Graduate Studies Admission
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898

If you have any questions about your application, please do not hesitate to contact our office by phone at 617-521-2915 or email gsa@simmons.edu.

Application Deadlines

Graduate Studies Admission Office has a rolling admission policy. Apply early for maximum consideration for admission and financial aid. To meet priority application deadlines, completed application files should be submitted by the following dates:

  • Summer: May 1
  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15

Admission may be deferred for up to two semesters, after which applicants must reapply.

For International Students

Simmons welcomes applications from international students. Students for whom English is not their first language are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score that demonstrates satisfactory proficiency. Simmons must receive test scores directly from ETS.

International students also must submit a Certificate of Finances Form that demonstrates proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses while enrolled at Simmons. The College cannot issue an I-20 visa until the required financial statements have been received. I-20 visas are generated only after formal acceptance and a deposit is submitted for the program.

Officially translated and evaluated transcripts are required for transcripts not originally written in English. Only transcripts translated and evaluated by authorized organizations are accepted. The preferred provider of transcript evaluations at Simmons is listed below.

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274
Tel: 212-966-6311
Fax: 212-739-6100

For more information about international student admission to Simmons, please contact the admission office at gsa@simmons.edu or phone 617-521-2915.

Please note: All Graduate Studies Admission programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT (Internet based test) to consider applicants for admission.

Education Tuition
FALL 2017, SPRING 2018, SUMMER 2018

Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis each semester. Below you will find a listing of the tuition rates for your program. The activity fee is mandatory for all students, so it has been included below. For information on health insurance fees, please see "Health Insurance for Graduate Students".

Tuition $920 per credit hour
Activity Fee $55 per semester
Funding Options

Merit Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are available in all full-length, on-campus degree programs, with awards ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per year. Eligible applicants will automatically receive consideration for merit-based scholarships at the time of acceptance, and no additional paperwork is required beyond the application for admission. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure availability of funding.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Available starting in the student's second semester of study, teaching and research assistantships are granted to qualified graduate students. Students must apply for assistantships, and are selected by the graduate program director. Teaching assistants are assigned to a specific course and work under the close supervision of a graduate faculty member. Assistantships are a $2,000 taxable award per semester, distributed by payroll checks.

Urban Initiative

Consistent with our commitment to diversity, increased representation of traditionally underrepresented groups, and strong community partnerships, Simmons College offers graduate education degrees with tuition support to teachers, specialists, and paraprofessionals employed by Boston Public Schools, Cambridge Public Schools, or Boston/Cambridge area charter schools. Full-time employees of eligible schools who enroll in an on-campus graduate education degree program at Simmons may apply to receive up to two tuition vouchers, each of which may be used to cover the tuition for one required 4-credit course.

View additional Funding Opportunities.

Health Insurance for Graduate Students

Please note, health insurance is automatically added to the bill only if the student is enrolled full time (9 or more credits). If a full time student does not wish to use the school provided health insurance, they must complete the waiver form online, each academic year, at www.universityhealthplans.com.

Simmons College does not offer health insurance coverage to students enrolled in less than 9 credits OR the dependent(s) of any Simmons College student.

Health Insurance** $5,406 per year

**For more information on the Student Health Insurance Plan, please visit our Insurance page.

Apply

To get started on your application, click one of the links below:

*Candidates for the certificate program must have a current license in the area of general education. If you do not already hold a license in general education, please look into our Moderate Disabilities M.S.Ed. program.

**Please access the application through a newer version of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Users will not be able to access forms through Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8 on Windows XP.