You know you want to be a teacher — the Dunn Scholars program will help you get there sooner.

The five-year Kathleen Dunn Scholars program is ideal for students who wish to take more liberal arts and science electives at the undergraduate level in addition to their liberal arts and science majors, and who wish to have a year-long internship at the graduate level. The program's dual licensure option allows students to add study in special education to prepare for the challenges of the modern inclusion classroom.

The fifth year of the program is an internship in a public school. Programs are individually arranged to meet students' specific needs. Students must complete a formal application to the MAT program during their junior year. The two degrees will be awarded sequentially or concurrently, depending on each student's course of study. The all-College independent learning requirement must be completed during the fourth year of the program for students to receive their undergraduate degree at that time. Students in the program will receive initial licensure.

    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
    Daren Graves
    • Daren Graves
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2519
    • Office: W304B
    Ellen Davidson
    • Ellen Davidson
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2549
    • Office: W304H
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Dual Licensure in Elementary and Moderate Special Needs

Dual Licensure: Elementary Education and Moderate Special Needs, PreK-8

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

Elementary Program

The licensure program in Elementary Education (1-6) is only available as a 5 year program through the Kathleen Dunn Scholars program. Students wishing to pursue a program leading to a license in Elementary Education take some, but not all, of their Education courses at the Undergraduate level, and complete the remaining Education courses during the fifth year of their graduate programs. All students must take the courses listed in Stage I.

All Education students must complete a liberal arts major in addition to the Education courses. Students may choose from any of the liberal arts majors offered at Simmons. Highly recommended majors are: Psychology; History; English; the Joint Social Studies/Education Major; Mathematics; Biology Education Track.

In addition, Elementary Education students must take a variety of courses that prepare them for their subject matter. These courses are listed in Stage II.

Stage I. Fundamentals of Education in the Inclusive Classroom (Common Core) (8 semester hours)

The following courses are required for all general education and ESL 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 (48 semester hours)

  • CHL 313 Survey of Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • One course in world literature or American literature
  • MATH 115 Number Systems and Algebra for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH 116 Geometry and Data Analysis for Elementary School Teachers
History and Social Studies:
  • HIST 100 World Civilizations I: Pre-Modern Societies
  • HIST 101 World Civilizations II: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
  • HIST 140 History of American Civilization I
  • POLS 101 Introduction to American Politics
Science and Technology Engineering:
  • *BIOL/PHYS 103 Science and Technology Engineering: Great Discoveries inScience
  • or *BIOL 113 General Biology
  • PHYS 105 Science and Technology in the Everyday World: How Things Work
Child Development:
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science
Art/Music: One course chosen with advisor

Stage III. Licensure Preparation Courses

Students must take at least one more Education course before beginning their 5th year. Students wishing to complete an Education minor must take three more courses. Students choose from the following courses, all of which require fieldwork:
  • 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
  • SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs

The Fifth Year

During the fifth year students complete the remaining Education courses over the summer following the completion of their undergraduate program. In addition to the Education courses not yet taken listed in Stage III, students take the following two courses:
  • GEDUC 445 Educational Psychology
  • TESL 417 Sheltered English Instruction
In the fall students being their year-long internships.

Fall Semester:

  • GEDUC 401-01 Elementary Prepracticum Seminar (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 488-01 Elementary Prepracticum (4 credits)

Spring Semester:

  • GEDUC 401-01 Elementary Seminar (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 480-01 Elementary Practicum (4 credits)
Students must take a minimum of 24 credits at the graduate level to be eligible for their MAT degree.

Elementary Education Minor Requirements

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

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

And three of the following courses:

  • SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs (or other appropriate special education course)
  • 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
How to Apply

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

Get started on the undergraduate application.