College of Education Offers New Undergraduate Program in Special Education

In response to the shortage of special education teachers nationwide and to fill the need particularly in Massachusetts, the College of Education has developed a new undergraduate-level, evidence-based teacher training program in special education leading to licensure in moderate disabilities for PreK-8 or 5-12.

In developing the program, the college’s special education faculty conducted a needs assessment with regional special education directors and practicing special education teachers. This information was used in designing the program to ensure that its students become exceptional teachers who are highly trained to help students with disabilities and to help their families as well.

Students in the program will complete a primary major in education with a concentration in special education and a secondary major of their choice.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 15 for the fall 2018 semester.

The undergraduate-level special education program was developed in alignment with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education special education licensure requirements, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards, which guide the licensing component of the special education teacher training program.

“In this program, students will learn to be catalysts for change, helping to increase educational opportunities and outcomes for children with disabilities and their families,” said Michelle Hosp, coordinator for the special education program.

For more information, contact Hosp at michellehosp@umass.edu