Teaching: General + Special Education Licensure

This unique Teaching (MAT) and Dual General and Special Education Licensure program embodies the philosophy of all Simmons graduate education programs that 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. 

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Simmons offers personalized support for each student in the program which is further enhanced by the small classes and close mentoring relationships that students develop with faculty and their internship supervisors.

Our program helps student gain the expertise, knowledge and confidence to become effective and skillful inclusive elementary educators. Our 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 their special education license on their own.

Sequence of Courses

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Moderate Disabilities dual licensure program consists of 50 credits of coursework and a full school year internship. Simmons has established internship experiences in several local communities in order to provide students with the best clinical experience available in both fields of study. The program can be completed on a full or part-time basis, however during the internship, students will work full-time. Students are encouraged to begin their studies in the spring or summer semesters. Full-time students can complete the program in 4 to 6 semesters. All students enrolled in the program develop a plan of study and review program requirements with their assigned advisor.


Elementary and Moderate Special Needs

  • GEDUC 460 Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom
  • GEDUC 445 Educational Psychology
  • GEDUC 461 Methods of Teaching Social Studies, Science, and the Arts in Elementary Classroom
  • GEDUC 464 Methods of Teaching Reading & Lang. Arts for the Early Childhood & Elem. Classroom
  • GEDUC 467 Methods of Teaching Math for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom
  • TESL 417 Sheltered English Instruction
  • SPND 420 Introduction to Assistive Technology (2 credits)
  • SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs
  • SPND 444 Special Education Laws and Regulation for Teachers and Administrators (2 credits)
  • SPND 445 The IEP: Strategies for Development, Interpretation and Implementation (2 credits)
  • SPND 436 Formal and Informal Assessment
  • GEDUC 480 Practicum: Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)
  • GEDUC 401 Seminar in Teaching and Learning at the Elementary Level
  • SPND 438 Practicum: Moderate Disabilities Pre K-8 (2 credits)
  • SPND 488 Seminar and Fieldwork in Education - Moderate Disabilities (2 credits)

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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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.

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Judah Axe

  • Associate Professor of Education and Behavior Analysis and Director of Special Education