Special Education

Special Education

Read program requirements and course descriptions in the graduate catalog:
M.Ed. Special Education with Autism Specialization  
M.Ed. Emotional/Behavioral Disorders  certification program
M.Ed. Learning Disabilities  certification program
M.Ed. Reading and Writing  certification program
M.Ed. Educational Studies: Special Education Concentration  certification program
Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning  non-degree certification

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Rivier's special education programs prepare teachers to work directly with students with learning disabilities or emotional and behavioral disorders in general and special education classrooms. Students learn to consult and collaborate with other professionals and family members. Combining classroom and field-based experiences to connect coursework with practical school-based applications, the programs provide students with opportunities to develop the professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to effectively educate and accommodate students with behavioral needs.

Facilities and Resources 

Rivier's Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in northern New England. The Education Center houses the Cho Educational Resource Center, an extensive K-12 curriculum library. The ERC includes recently published textbooks, educational software, a parenting resource center, a children's literature collection, videos and more. Rivier has become a statewide leader in preparing teachers to incorporate technology into their classrooms.

Partnerships and careers 

With a Rivier education degree, you will be eligible for certification in 40 states plus the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.

Prospective teachers spend time in the classroom from the start, working with master teachers long before student teaching. You'll meet people who will serve as mentors throughout your career.

You'll find Rivier graduates teaching in schools across the country and around the world. They work in public and private schools and in rural, urban, and suburban settings—they thrive in any environment you could imagine.