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.
 

Sequence of Courses

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Elementary and Moderate Disabilities program consists of 52 credits of coursework and a full school year internship. We have developed relationships with a variety of school districts in Massachusetts in order to provide our students with the best practicum experiences possible. Some districts offer stipends for a full year of student teaching, and students who already hold paid positions in appropriate classroom settings may be able to complete the internship experience on the job.

With careful planning, this program can be completed in as few as five semesters of full-time study. Individuals may design part-time program sequences in consultation with an academic adviser. Please note that acceptance into the MAT program does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the practicum. Students must be recommended by the department before moving into the student teaching practicum.

Please review the suggested course sequences below to determine which program track and start term will best meet your needs.

Required Coursework

GEDUC 430
Inclusive Lesson Planning (2 credits)

GEDUC 445
Educational Psychology
(4 credits)

GEDUC 461
Social Studies & Science Methods
(4 credits)

GEDUC 464
Reading Methods
(4 credits)

GEDUC 467
Math Methods
(4 credits)

SPND 420
Introduction to Assistive Technology
(2 credits)

SPND 436
Formal & Informal Assessment
(4 credits)

SPND 441
Creating a Caring Classroom Community
(4 credits)

SPND 444
Special Education Laws
(2 credits)

SPND 445
Individualized Education Program
(2 credits)

SPND 446
Learners with Special Needs
(4 credits)

TESL 417
Sheltered English Instruction
(4 credits)

GEDUC 480 Practicum: Elementary Education
(4 credits)

GEDUC 401
Practicum Seminar: Elementary
(2 credits)

SPND 438
Practicum: Moderate Disabilities, PreK–8
(4 credits)

SPND 488
Seminar and Fieldwork in Education: Moderate Disabilities
(2 credits)

Suggested Course Sequences

YEAR 1Fall StartSpring StartSummer Start
FALLSPND 446
GEDUC 464
SPND 441
  
SPRINGGEDUC 445
GEDUC 467
SPND 444
SPND 445
GEDUC 445
GEDUC 464
 
SUMMERGEDUC 461
GEDUC 430
SPND 420
GEDUC 430GEDUC 430
GEDUC 464
YEAR 2Fall StartSpring StartSummer Start
FALLSPND 436
GEDUC 401
GEDUC 480
SPND 441
SPND 446
SPND 446
SPND 441
SPRINGSPND 438
SPND 488
TESL 417
GEDUC 467
SPND 444
SPND 445
GEDUC 445
GEDUC 467
SUMMER GEDUC 461
SPND 420
GEDUC 461
SPND 420
SPND 444
SPND 445
YEAR 3Fall StartSpring StartSummer Start
FALL SPND 436
GEDUC 401
GEDUC 480
SPND 436
GEDUC 401
GEDUC 480
SPRING TESL 417
SPND 438
SPND 488
TESL 417
SPND 438
SPND 488

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.

Learn more about scholarship options.

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