Education: Professional Licensure Certificate

Under current Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations, after five years of teaching with an initial license, teachers must meet the requirements for professional licensure (the final level of teaching license). For those who do hold master's degrees, the Simmons Certificate requires 12 credits of graduate level coursework, nine of which must be in the appropriate subject area.

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Our supportive academic community offers small classes, faculty mentors, and weekend and evening classes designed to accommodate the schedules of working teachers. You'll work with an advisor to develop an individualized program of study designed to meet your educational goals

According to Massachusetts requirements for teaching certification, after five years of teaching with an initial license, teachers must fulfill educational requirements to advance their license to the professional level. We offer the following Professional Licensure tracks for teachers in Massachusetts who hold an initial license in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities, English, History, or Political Science/Philosophy: 

  • 32-credit Master of Science in Education for teachers who do not hold a master's degree
  • 36-40-credit Master of Science in Education with Moderate Disabilities Add-On License for teachers who do not hold a master’s degree
  • 12-credit Certificate for teachers who hold a master’s degree

While many students complete the program on a part-time basis, taking two courses per semester while working, it is possible to study full-time. Advanced pedagogy courses meet on an evening or weekend schedule, while advanced content courses generally meet during afternoons or evenings.

Coursework

32-Credit Professional Licensure Master’s Degree Program

  • Four approved courses in advanced content* (16 credits)
  • Four approved courses in advanced pegagogy* (16 credits)

Total: 32 credits

36-40-Credit Professional Licensure Master’s Degree Program with Moderate Disabilities Add-On License

Four approved courses in advanced content* (16 credits)

The following courses in advanced pedagogy (16-20 credits):

  • SPND 436: Formal and Informal Assessment (4 credits)
  • SPND 444: Special Education Laws & Regulations (2 credits)
  • SPND 445: Individualized Education Program (2 credits)
  • SPND 446: Learners with Special Needs (4 credits)
  • SPND 422: Differentiating Instruction Using Technology Across the Curriculum (4 credits)
  • GEDUC 464: Reading and Language Arts for the Elementary Classroom - Required only of secondary-level teachers (4 credits)

Special Education Practicum and Seminar (4 credits):

  • SPND 438 or 439: Moderate Practicum PreK-8 or 5-12 (2 credits)
  • SPND 488: Seminar (2 credits)

Total: 36-40 credits

12-Credit Professional Licensure Certificate Program

Three approved courses in advanced content* (12 credits)

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Education Programs at Simmons University

We offer graduate level programs in elementary education and special education. We provide a highly collaborative environment, individualized programs of study, supportive faculty mentors, and plenty of hands-on experience.