Special Education/Moderate Disabilities

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A signature course of study offered through our Master of Arts in Teaching, Initial Licensure program.

We provide candidates with the skills required to successfully assess and instruct diverse learners in both general and special education classrooms and in urban, rural and suburban schools.

“At Mount Holyoke College we have a long history of educating marginalized communities. Meeting the needs of diverse learners is integral to all of our graduate teacher licensure programs” — Ruth Hornsby, assistant director of Teacher Licensure Programs

What you learn

The Master of Arts in Teaching-Special Education program at Mount Holyoke College is a 42-credit program of study leading to licensure in Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12). We offer a flexible and rigorous program with an innovative curriculum, a strong commitment to social justice and equity, and personalized advising. Through practicum experiences in area schools, students will have opportunities to work closely with local special educators and to explore multiple aspects of special education including assessment and instruction, in a range of settings.

Whether you are looking to take classes in pedagogy or to develop your expertise in a particular content area, we have classes to help sharpen your skills and knowledge.

Students may take these courses as a part of their degree program, as electives to augment their course of study, as a part of one of our education institutes or add-on licenses, or as a stand alone class.

Some examples:

  • Creating Accessible Mathematics Classrooms
  • Interventions for Behavior and Classroom Management
  • Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Assessment and Instruction for Exceptional Learners

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Where and how you learn

The M.A.T. in Special Education/Moderate Disabilities can be completed full-time in one year or part-time over the course of two years. This program is designed for current teachers and those interested in pursuing a new career path, as most classes meet after K-12 school hours.

While the majority of our Initial Licensure courses are offered on campus with a student teaching practicum in area schools, some of our Special Education/Moderate Disabilities courses are offered in an interactive online format.

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For more information contact us at 413-538-3478 or graduate admissions@mtholyoke.edu.

Mount Holyoke College has consistently prepared outstanding educators who have transformed communities around the world. Mount Holyoke College is a member of the Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE).