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Andrew Belliveau '18

“I want to be an advocate for children who are like me, and in general for anyone who may suffer from long-term conditions.”

Senior Andrew Belliveau ’18 is approaching a career as a teacher from a unique angle, connecting his personal experience managing a disability with a message of empowerment.

 

Today’s special education teachers often have students with different types of mild to moderate special needs, such as Asperger’s Syndrome/high-functioning autism, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cognitive delays, emotional/behavior disorders, learning disabilities, moderate cognitive impairment, 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 in 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.

Teachers of students with moderate disabilities will be able to:

  • Implement appropriate instruction and strategies for students with mild to moderate disabilities, incorporating relevant curriculum frameworks.
  • Apply theories and methodologies in assessing physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development in childhood and adolescence.
  • Provide developmentally-appropriate learning experiences – especially language development experiences – that connect students’ interests with their life experiences. Significant emphasis is placed on language development, language acquisition, vocabulary development, multiple approaches to reading, and extending the relationship of writing and reading.
  • Prepare, implement, and evaluate I.E.P.s and understand/demonstrate role responsibilities as case manager.
  • Apply federal and state laws/regulations related to special education and serve as local resources to other agencies that might provide related services.
  • Facilitate/collaborate in the design or modification of curriculum and instructional materials and support general education classroom environments for students with mild to moderate disabilities.
  • Assist in preparing and monitoring students with moderate disabilities for appropriate general education classrooms.

Quick Info

Required Credits

48

Initial teaching licenses earned at Elms College qualify candidates to begin teaching in Massachusetts and more than 40 states, islands, and territories.

Click to view course requirements for the major in Moderate Special Needs (B.A.).

Initial License in Moderate Special Needs (PreK-8) or (5-12)

Major Requirements (45 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 1000EDU 100Introduction to Schooling and Education3
EDU 1008EDU 108Writing for Educators3
PSY 2104PSY 214Children’s Learning and Development3
EDU 3004EDU 304Methods of Teaching Mathematics3
EDU 3805EDU 385Inquiry-based Science Methods3
EDU 4306EDU 436Social Studies Methods3
EDU 4908EDU 498Developing Language & Literacy I3
EDU 4909EDU 499Developing Language & Literacy II3
EDU 3101EDU 311Writing Workshop3
EDU 3109EDU 319Students with Special Needs3
EDU 3402EDU 342Assessment of Students3
EDU 3403EDU 343Models of Inclusion3
EDU 4308 (formerly EDU 438) No Fault Classroom Management or PSY 3103 (formerly PSY 313) Psychology of Behavioral Management3
EDU 4901EDU 491Educating English Language Learners3
EDU 3600EDU 360Seminar in Professional Education3

Required Practicum (9 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
EDU 4508AEDU 458ATeacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8); Initial Practicum9
EDU 4608EDU 468Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (5-12); Initial Practicum9