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Severe Special Needs

Why Severe Special Needs at Bay Path University?

The licensure program in Severe Special Needs consists of a liberal studies major combined with appropriate education courses. Students take the Bay Path University core, a liberal studies core, and an education core satisfying requirements for licensure. Students earn an initial teaching license in Severe Special Needs, all levels (PreK-12), issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Severe Special Needs program qualifies for reciprocity with states that participate in the Interstate Agreement and endorse similar licensure. This allows Bay Path University education graduates to teach in states other than Massachusetts, pending meeting specific requirements of the state.

Program Outcomes: 

  1. Prepare students to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Professional Standards for Teachers Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment standard.
  2. Prepare students to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Professional Standards for Teachers Teaching All Students standard.
  3. Prepare students to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Professional Standards for Teachers Professional Culture standard.
  4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills through in-class assignments and presentations, to be applied in the teaching-learning process.

Congratulations to our Bay Path University students who are 2020 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners (Grinspoon)!

Hannah Apple – Undergraduate Elementary Education Major (by St Joan of Arc School)
Caitlyn Sayers – Undergraduate Elementary Education Major and MSEd in Elementary Education (by Gerena Community School)
Kristina Schultz –Undergraduate Elementary Education Major (by Littleville Elementary School)