Teaching: Elementary + Special Education Licensure

This unique Dual License program leads to the Elementary Education license for grades 1-6 and supports students in adding on a Moderate Disabilities license for grades PreK-8.

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Our program embodies the philosophy of all Simmons graduate education programs, which is grounded in the principles of inclusion — that all individuals can learn and have the right to do so in a classroom within their own community and with learners their own age.

With a focus on cultivating teachers who will serve as powerful advocates for their future students, we employ recent scholarship to ensure that our students become expert in the philosophy and bases of inclusive practice and that they are able to recognize and implement excellent programming in their own classrooms. We emphasize teaching practice, and students obtain pre-practicum experiences in a variety of settings throughout the program.

We offer coursework that strengthens fluency in elementary-level subject matter knowledge to ensure that our teacher candidates will be able to confidently offer access to curricular content for all learners. Students take method courses that incorporate instruction in a variety of learning styles in reading and language arts, math, social studies and science. Our students also study the cultural and historical foundation of the American school, special education laws & regulations and developmental psychology as it applies to learning and teaching strategies. With special education now considered a high need teaching area in nearly every U.S. state, our dual licensure graduates possess a highly sought set of skills and the flexibility to pursue jobs in a variety of classroom settings in both public and private schools.

Upon successful completion of the program, the Education Department will endorse students for their Elementary Education license and students will apply for the Moderate Disabilities license on their own.

Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities program who plan to pursue teaching licensure in Massachusetts must pass all applicable sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) as designated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Elementary Education (grades 1-6) & Moderate Disabilities (grades PreK-8)

  • Communication and Literacy Skills (Reading and Writing subtests)
  • General Curriculum (Multi-Subject and Math subtests)
  • Foundations of Reading

Awards of up to $25,000 will be granted to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the field of special education.

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