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Special Education

Program Overview

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, Fitchburg State University has the program you need. The University has a rich tradition of teacher education. Fitchburg State was founded over a hundred years ago to prepare teachers for the area’s public schools. If you are interested in working with students in special education programs, the Education Department at Fitchburg State offers three programs: teacher of students with moderate disabilities, (grades PreK-8) with elementary licensure, teacher of students with moderate disabilities, (grades 5-12) and teacher of students with severe disabilities (all grade levels) programs.

The Education Department of Fitchburg State University fully recognizes and embraces the diversity and challenges that teachers face in today’s public and private schools. The comprehensive program of study is one which deliberately integrates and celebrates these challenges by providing an inclusive model for teacher preparation. Each course provides research based methods to assess students’ needs in order to differentiate instruction. Techniques and strategies that address the needs of all learners in the inclusive classroom are emphasized. Courses have been specifically designed to provide teacher candidates with content and strategies to be knowledgeable, skillful, ethical, and caring educators in the 21st century.

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Career Opportunities

While most of our graduates find work in public or private elementary schools, education collaborative classes, or preschool and day care programs, others work in residential programs, rehabilitation facilities, adult services, and corporate education programs. Graduates are employed all over the country because they have completed a nationally accredited program and fulfill the minimum state requirements for licensure in most states. In addition to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, recent graduates have been hired by school systems as far away as Arizona and Alaska.

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How to Apply

For more information and to apply, go to admissions.