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Dual General and Special Education License

Dual General and Special Education License

The Simmons graduate program for dual Massachusetts initial licenses in general education and moderate disabilities is designed to prepare individuals to teach with the expertise, knowledge, and confidence they need to become effective and skillful inclusive classroom teachers. Elementary license students take method courses that incorporate instruction in a variety of learning styles in reading and language arts, math, social studies, and science. In addition, students study the cultural and historical foundation of the American school, special education laws & regulation, and developmental psychology as it applies to learning and teaching strategies. In addition to the courses about strategies for teaching in inclusive classrooms, educational psychology, special education law, assessment, and IEP development, secondary license students pursue methodology courses in their specific license content area.

This unique dual license 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. 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.

Upon successful completion of the program, the Education Department will endorse students for their general 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 46-50 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 if they hope to complete the program in one calendar year. All students enrolled in the program develop a plan of study and review program requirements with their assigned advisor.

Coursework

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 Required ESL course
  • 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)

Secondary and Moderate Special Needs

  • GEDUC 460 Teaching Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom
  • GEDUC 445 Educational Psychology
  • GEDUC 455 Issues in Teaching Middle/High School
  • GEDUC 420 Teaching for Content Area Literacy
  • GEDUC 47X Methods Course (number is specific to the secondary content area)
  • TESL 417 Required ESL course
  • SPND 420 Introduction to Assistive Technology (2 credits)
  • SPND 446 Learners with Special Needs
  • SPND 444 Special Education Laws and Regulations 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 481/2 Secondary Practicum
  • GEDUC 402 Secondary Seminar
  • SPND 439 Practicum: Moderate Disabilities 5-12 (2 credits)
  • SPND 488-03 Seminar and Fieldwork in Education: Moderate Disabilities (2 credits)