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Special Education (Licensure)
Students interested in working as a special educator in public school settings with children Pre-Kindergarten (integrated preschools) through Grade 8 can pursue a major in Special Education. The Special Education major prepares students to teach all subject areas to children in inclusive settings as well as substantially separate classrooms. In accordance with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), this career path also requires a second major (Integrated Liberal Studies) and completion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
- The dual major in Integrated Liberal Studies provides a broad liberal arts background rich in content and supports the content-specific regulations from the MA DESE.
- Students must pass both subtests (Reading and Writing) of the Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST) as a requirement for being accepted to the Special Education major.
- Students must also pass two additional MTEL exams: Foundations of Reading Test (FOR) and the Elementary content specific test, General Curriculum (03).
- The General Curriculum MTEL is comprised of a Multi-subject subtest (03) and a Mathematics subtest (53). A passing score on the Elementary Mathematics MTEL (09) will also satisfy the Mathematics subtest requirement.
- Students must pass ALL required MTEL exams in order to enroll in full practicum/student teaching
- Once a student has successfully completed all college, program/major, and MTEL testing requirements the student may apply to DESE for an Initial License.
INSTITUTIONAL PASS RATES:
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act requires all institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students who receive federal financial assistance to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing.
Note: Curry College had a 100% pass rate for program completers during the 2014-2015 reporting year.
Information about Curry pass rates is available upon request by contacting the Licensure Officer/Title II Coordinator, (617) 333-2196.
The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure are administered Monday-Saturday at designated test centers in Massachusetts and in many states each academic year. Additional information regarding all state testing is available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Educator Licensure 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-9140; Telephone: (781) 338-6600; www.mtel.nesinc.com. For additional information about Curry College's testing requirements, please contact Curry College Licensure Officer at 617-333.2196.Prerequisite Coursework:
|AE 1300||Competencies for the Prospective Educator||1.5|
|PSY 1400||Child Development||3|
|ED 1150||Exploring the World of Education||3|
|ED 2161||Educational Psychology||3|
|ED 2410||Strategies for the Effective Educator||3|
|ED 2600||Children with Special Needs||3|
|ED XXXX||Special Education Sequence Requirement||3|
|ED 2700||Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy||3|
|ED 3105||Institute on Learning Differences||2|
|ED 3190||Classroom Assessment||3|
|ED 3750||Sheltered English Immersion||3|
|ED 3985||Integrating Senior Seminar (Senior Capstone)||3|
Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:
|ED 3700||Teaching of Reading/Field Observation||4|
|ED 3700-L||Teaching of Reading Lab||0|
|ED 3195||Fundamentals of Curriculum||3|
|ED 3197||Pre-Practicum I: Elementary||1|
|ED 3415||Advanced Curriculum & Assessment for Diverse Learners||3|
|ED 3455||Pre-Practicum II: Special Education||1|
|ED 4563||Senior Practicum: Special Education||9|
|ED 4563SM||Senior Practicum Seminar||0|
|MATH 1550||College Math I: Numbers and Numeration||3|
|MATH 2550||College Math II: Algebra and Number Theory||3|
|MATH 3250||College Math III:Geometry and Data||3|
|PSY 2100||Adolescent Psychology||3|
As Curry College students majoring special education, Samantha Bolivar '14 and Christine Martinelli '14 gained a wide variety of experiences through relevant classroom exercises and years of valuable field placements in Boston-area schools. But little did they realize that they would soon be putting those skills to good use on the other side of the world.
The Institute on Learning Differences, a successful venture between the Education department and the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL), gives students the opportunity to tap into the resources and knowledge of PAL faculty members and outside specialists to better understand the unique educational needs of students.
Pi Lambda Theta was founded in 1910. Its mission is to honor outstanding educators and inspire their leadership on critical education issues.
Congratulations to members of the Curry education and health faculty for their on-going professional accomplishments!
The Education Club provides professional development opportunities to students showing interest in the field of education. The Education Club also seeks to involve children and families from neighboring areas in education-related activities.
Choose a master's program in elementary education-grades 1-6 or a program in special education-moderate disabilities, grades PreK-8 at Curry College, where you can explore how good teaching practice builds on the latest educational theory and research.