This program fulfills requirements for the New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education with Special Education certification. Students who complete this program option are eligible for certifications to (1) teach general education elementary school students, and (2) teach exceptional students (except those with visual and/or hearing impairments). The program outline below is designed primarily for entering freshmen. Depending upon the nature and amount of course work already completed, students transferring into this program may have to spend one extra semester or more at the College to fulfill the program requirements. Each block of courses has related practicum requirements. Placement for practica is facilitated by the Ella Chine Shear School of Education staff.
Candidate Information Form for Practicum and resume must be submitted the prior semester and updated by the last day of the drop/add period of the semester the candidate is taking the block courses. Candidates are responsible for their own transportation for all field experiences and student teaching.
Program Learning Outcomes, Childhood with Special Education Standards (CEC)
1) Candidates understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities.
2) Candidates create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well being, positive social interactions, and self-determination.
3) Candidates use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities.
4) Candidates use multiple methods of assessment and data sources in making educational decisions.
5) Candidates select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities.
6) Candidates use foundational knowledge of the field and their professional ethical principles and practice standards to inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession.
7) Candidates collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals with exceptionalities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences.
General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)
Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.
Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 92
Outline of Program Content
Basic Requirements: (52 Credits)
Childhood/Special Education Blocks* (must be completed in the sequence listed)
Related Requirements: (10 Credits)
*Students may not advance in blocks until all previous work is completed satisfactorily.
**In the Review Process, a teacher candidate may be allowed one re-take of a practicum experience or a student teaching experience.
Liberal Arts Concentrations (30-35 Credits)
Four ARTH Electives (12 Credits)
At the 200-level or higher with at least 6 credits at the 300-level.
Dance (30 Credits)
Available by audition only
Two elective courses from the following:
Three courses (9 Credits) from the following:
English (32 Credits)
8 4-credit courses or 3- and 4-credit courses totaling at least 30 credit hours, to consist of ENGL 203 - Reader and Text: (subtitle)
One course in each of 3 historical divisions (Early, Modern, Recent)
A minimum of 2 courses at the 300-level
A minimum of 2 courses at the 400-level\
A maximum of 1 course at the 100-level. Transfer students with 3 credit courses and students who declared certification prior to spring 2014 should consult with their advisor.
Environmental Studies (31-35 Credits)
Two of the following basic requirements (3-4 Credits):
Four courses in at least three disciplines from the following Social Sciences and Humanities courses (12 Credits):
Four courses in at least two disciplines from the following Science courses:
A three credit lecture taken with its one credit co-requisite lab constitutes one course. No more than five courses total can be taken from the same prefix. One directed study may be taken in lieu of one required course, with approval. Three credits of ENVR 395 can be applied to the concentration. No more than 12 credits can be taken at the introductory level
Foreign Language: French (30 Credits)
Foreign Language: Spanish (30 Credits)
Geography (31-32 Credits)
3 credits of regional Geography from
3 credits of intermediate Geography from
9 additional credits of Geography
(3 credits may be taken from the listing provided in this section, but must be in addition to courses taken in each category; 6 credits must be at the 300- or 400-level. A maximum of 3 credits of GEOG 395 , GEOG 397 , or GEOG 399 may be credited towards the concentration.).
History (31 Credits)
- HIST 302 - Research in History: (subtitle) Credit(s): 4
A minimum of six credits in European History at the 200-level or above
A minimum of six credits in US history at the 200-level or above
A minimum of six credits in LACAANA history at the 200-level or above
(within these 18 credits, at least 9 credits must be at the 400-level)
An additional 9 credits any level and in any area
Human Development (available only to Early Childhood/Childhood majors) (30 Credits)
9 credits from the following:
(including 2 courses at the 300-level)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (30 Credits)
Mathematics (30-34 Credits)
Natural Science (30 Credits)
In addition to the introductory course above in the majors’ courses of one science discipline (at least 11 credits at the 200- or 300-level).
Political Science (30 Credits)
at 300 or 400-level (in sub-fields taken at the 100-level).
Urban Studies (30 Credits)
Women’s and Gender Studies (30 Credits)
12 credits elective courses from
Electives selected under advisement to meet the following requirements:
- no more than two courses with the same prefix (other than WGST),
- at least one course under each of the broad headings of humanities/arts and social sciences.
Spring (12 Credit Hours)
Concentration Credit(s): 3
Concentration Credit(s): 3
F/ Credit(s): 3
Concentration Credit(s): 3
Total Credit Hours: 121
Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.
Teacher candidates must satisfy the 2.75 cumulative GPA requirement to continue in a certification program. For admission to student teaching, teacher candidates must have a 2.75 in their major, concentration, and overall.