Rhode Island Special Education Careers

Graduate Special Education Programs offered in Rhode Island

Rhode Island College

Offers 5 graduate programs in Special Education. These programs are nationally recognized for their quality by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE):

Johnson & Wales University

M.A.T. Master in the Art of Teaching

Students pursuing credentials to teach in the K-12 system choose the M.A.T. program. The M.A.T. program is unique because every graduate will be eligible for licensure in a chosen area of education (elementary education, business education, food service education) AND special education (elementary special education or secondary special education). There are two strands to this program. In the 14 month model, students will be eligible for licensure in business OR food service, and secondary special education. These students will student teach for ONE eleven week term. In the 18 month model, students will be eligible for licensure in elementary education and special education - either elementary or secondary. These students will student teach for TWO seven week stints - once in an elementary setting and once in a special education setting.

Providence College

M. Ed. in Special Education

The Graduate Studies Program in Special Education is designed to provide teachers with the necessary educational background to meet the educational, emotional, and social goals of the special needs child. Students take courses in the areas of assessment, curriculum, and behavior strategies.
Candidates who complete this program will satisfy the requirements for either elementary or secondary-level certification for children with mild/moderate disabilities. The program can also give additional expertise to individuals who have already completed an undergraduate program and are presently special education teachers.

University of Rhode Island

M.A. in Special Education

The graduate program in special education enables students with a current license in elementary education to meet the Council for Exceptional Children standards and the requirements for RI special education certification in the area of mild/moderate disabilities at the elementary and middle school levels (grades K-8). Admission to the program is competitive. Students complete a total of 36 credits over a 3-semester sequence.


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