Through a mix of pedagogy and field experience, Stonehill’s Special Education major prepares aspiring teachers to help their future students overcome challenges in the classroom.
It is intended that successful completion of this program will lead to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to educate students with moderate disabilities on the Pre-K through Grade 8 levels.
Gain Field-Based Experiences Sooner
Stonehill’s Special Education major provides students with core content and pedagogical knowledge necessary for running a special education classroom. Coursework covers fundamental topics like disability law and procedure, teaching students with disabilities basic math and reading skills, and setting IEP goals.
Unique to Stonehill’s Special Education program is the increased focus placed on reading and writing in course curricula. Students take specialized literacy courses that provide them with the knowledge base necessary for assessment and intervention of children experiencing reading and writing difficulties. Stonehill students majoring in Special Education are also afforded the opportunity to participate in field-based experiences earlier in their academic careers than usual.
Creating Caring and Compassionate Educators
Students majoring in Special Education benefit from the wisdom and experience of our professors. In addition to serving as classroom teachers, our faculty members have held positions in the Learning Disabilities Program within the Department of Neurology at Boston Children's Hospital, and have specializations in such areas as autism research and behavioral analysis.
Students use the knowledge and skills gained from coursework to become global citizens dedicated to creating equal opportunity for all in the classroom. Our professors are not only focused on teaching students what they need to know to secure a teaching license, but also educating them on the necessity of approaching their work in special education with an abundance of care and compassion.