Education: Moderate Special Needs Certificate

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.

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Take the next step toward creating a more inclusive classroom

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.

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.

Coursework

  • SPND 436 Formal and Informal 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
    OR
    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.

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