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Certificate in Moderate Special Needs

Certificate in Moderate Special Needs

About the Program

"The quality of instruction and the flexibility of the schedule in the Simmons moderate disabilities program gave me the opportunity to change careers and pursue my passion for teaching. The combination of in class learning and practical experience allowed me to develop the skills and competencies necessary to become a confident and successful teacher."
— Michele Figueira '07GS
M.S.Ed. in Moderate Disabilities

Developed for general education teachers with initial or professional licensure in elementary, middle, or high school education, this innovative program consists of the coursework necessary for an add-on license in Moderate Special Education. Candidates for this program must have a current license in the area of general education. The program is 18 credits including a practicum and practicum seminar offered in the spring semester. All students enrolled in the program must develop a plan of study and review program requirements with an advisor.

About the Department

This program for Massachusetts state licensure in moderate disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) is designed to prepare teachers to provide direct service to learners in inclusive classrooms. The philosophy of all Simmons graduate programs in special education is grounded in the principles of inclusion — that all individuals can learn and that they have the right to do so in a classroom within their own community and with learners their own age. This program provides the skills and strategies to work with learners with moderate disabilities in a variety of settings.


    SPND 436 Formal and Informal Assessment 4 credits 
    RDG 432 Reading Assessment 4 credits 

    SPND 444 Special Education Law 2 credits 
    SPND 445 IEP Process 2 credits 
    SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs 4 credits 
    SPND 420 Introduction to Assistive Technology 2 credits

Spring Semester Only 
    SPND 438 Teaching Practicum (PreK-8) 2 credits 
    SPND 439 Teaching Practicum (5-12) 2 credits 

    SPND 488 Teaching Seminar 2 credits

Students will enroll in a two-credit practicum, with a minimum of 150 hours in an educational setting with learners with moderate special needs. They will be supervised three times by a Simmons supervisor.