Moderate Disabilities (5-12), Teacher Licensure

Why Choose a Teaching Licensure in Moderate Disabilities (5-12)?

This program affords many students who have completed a bachelor's degree the opportunity to earn initial licensure.

Our vision is the outgrowth of community discussions among education faculty, liberal arts and science faculty, students, and prek-12 teachers. Central to all conversations has been the tenet of building learning communities, including the desire to strengthen the ability of teachers to advocate for their students and their profession. At a time of increased accountability, the larger Westfield State University learning community continues its commitment to prepare graduates to educate the children of the Commonwealth. Consequently, all our Teacher Education Programs embrace a vision of Teachers as Leaders Building Learning Communities.

Requirements for a Teaching Licensure in Moderate Disabilities (5-12)

Decisions regarding coursework in the academic major are based on a student?s prior academic record, performance on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), previous college coursework, professional experience and/or other performance evidence reflective of the student having met state and national standards.

See Appendix A for academic subject matter coursework.

It is important for a student to meet with an academic advisor as early as possible to determine a program of study.

*Field Experience

**As well as passing the communication, literacy and foundation of reading portions of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, those seeking teacher of students with moderate disabilities, 5-12 licensure, must pass either the general curriculum test (see requirements listed in Appendix A) or a subject test in one of the core academic subjects taught in 5-8 or 8-12. If the teacher candidate is seeking an academic area, an advisor in that area must be consulted.