Elementary and Special Education Dual Licensure
Preparing 21st Century Learners for a Global Society
Few careers are as rewarding, challenging, and exhilarating as being an elementary school teacher. The need for highly qualified and well-prepared elementary classroom and special education teachers is on the rise. Springfield College education students graduate from the program confident and ready to take on the vital role of teaching the nation’s youngest learners.
Springfield College’s renowned reputation for preparing leaders in human-helping professions, like teaching, offers an exceptional educational experience for individuals committed to dedicating their lives to educating children.
Undergraduate students seeking to gain the professional skills and knowledge that are required to work with elementary students as a classroom or special education teacher will benefit greatly from this dual program.
The combination of coursework and real-world, hands-on learning gives dual licensure graduates the preparation and the confidence they need to manage a wide range of classroom experiences.
Through working in inclusion classrooms, students become highly skilled and effective elementary classroom teachers, and will learn a wide variety of teaching strategies. Most importantly, they’ll graduate with the know-how and ability to meet the needs of all children. They’ll learn from experienced faculty who are passionate about continuing to advance and strengthen the teaching profession at the elementary level.
Who is this program for?
- Undergraduate students who want to major in education, teach in an inclusion elementary classroom (grades 1-6), and benefit from a background in special education.
- Undergraduate students who want to major in education, be licensed as a special education teacher (grades PreK-8), and work effectively with elementary teachers in an inclusion classroom.
- Unlike those in many other programs, Springfield College dual licensure students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree and earn two teaching licenses (elementary and special education) in just four years, providing them with a more diverse educational experience, more options, and increased marketability when looking for a job upon graduation.
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To comply with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations, students preparing to be special education/elementary education teachers are required to complete one of the following arts and sciences majors: American studies, English, or mathematics and computer technology.