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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Degree Options: Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) or Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.)
Credits: 36 credits
Program Advisor: Madalaine Pugliese

The 36-credit Assistive Special Education Technology program is one of the few programs nationwide that provides expert mastery in the specialized field of assistive and adaptive technology. Our innovative program teaches educators, therapists, media specialists, and others how to choose and use the best tools and methods for helping learners with special needs participate in the general education curriculum. For example, print material that might present barriers to children who are legally blind or have challenges with dyslexia can be offered via a universally designed digital device that transmits text in Braille or a read-aloud format. Hands-on assistive technology training ranges from "low-tech" tape recorders and digital clocks, to computers with synthesized speech, interactive educational software programs, and electronic portfolios.

"Simmons provided a rich experience with teaching methods and tools that make it easier for my students with the most significant needs to learn successfully."
—Samuel Sennott '07
Lead Teacher, Discovery Center Inclusion Program, Triton Regional School District

Our hands-on curriculum combines current research and technology-based strategies to address topics such as adaptive access devises, software evaluation, alternative assessment methods, curriculum frameworks, universal design, and curriculum adaptations. Courses are offered on a weekend cohort model to accommodate working professionals.

Degree Options

Students may pursue a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) or an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) — an advanced degree that provides students who currently hold a master's degree with an area of educational specialization. Due to the cohort model, all courses are scheduled in a sequential order and should be taken as they are offered. The degree program can be completed in 15 months of study.

Simmons offers two offsite cohort locations; The Education Cooperative (TEC) in Dedham, Massachusetts and The Reading Institute (TRI) in Williamstown, Massachusetts. To learn more about the next cohort launch date at each location, please contact the Graduate Studies Admission office at or by calling 617-521-2915.