Today's special education teachers often have students with different types of mild to moderate special needs, such as Aspergers Syndrome/high functioning autism, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cognitive delays, emotional/behavior disorder, learning disabilities, moderate mental retardation, and traumatic brain injury.
We teach you to understand and implement instruction and strategies for students with mild to moderate special needs, assess physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development in childhood and adolescence, and provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences, especially in language development, that connect students' interests with their life experiences.
Our program prepares teachers to work with students with moderate special needs, pre-kindergarten to grade eight, or grades five to 12. Candidates for licensure complete comprehensive coursework and related field experiences with students with moderate special needs in schools and other settings.
Initial teaching licenses earned at Elms College qualify candidates to begin teaching in Massachusetts and more than 40 states, islands, and territories, including all of the New England states and New York.
Take a look at the curriculum for our program, contact us to learn more, or sign up for a campus visit. Ready to apply? You can do it online.
We are a private Catholic coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts. Elms College is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and grants associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.