Feb 02, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Childhood Education with Special Education (Grades 1-6), B.S.

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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).  Each block of courses has related practicum requirements. Placement for practica is facilitated by the Ella Chine Shear School of Education staff.

​”Commissioner’s Regulations CR 52.21, General Requirements (ii)(a) require all teacher candidates to study “a language other than English.” By meeting Geneseo’s requirement for such language study, all teacher candidates meet the NY certification requirement.”

Candidates must check with their Block professors to be sure all information needed for field experience is submitted prior to the end of the preceding semester.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)


*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 (32-36 Credits)

Art History (30 Credits)

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)

Additional Requirements

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 (32-36 Credits)

Foreign Language: Spanish (32-36 Credits)

12 additional credits of Geography

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 (30:32 Credits)

  • Credit(s): 4
  • 28 credits, at least 12 credits must be at the 400-level (maximum of 4 credits at the 100-level) must include

    • 1 class in European History at the 200-level or above
    • 1 class in US History at the 200-level or above
    • 1 class in LACANNA History at the 200-level or above

Human Development (available only to Early Childhood/Childhood majors) (30 Credits)

Natural Science (30 Credits)

18 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)

Twelve credits

at the 300-level

Nine credits

at the 400-level (in sub-fields taken at the 100-level).

Urban Studies (30-32 Credits)

Elective courses from the following: (12 Credits)


Electives selected under advisement to meet the following requirements:

  1. no more than two courses with the same prefix (other than WGST),
  2. at least one course under each of the broad headings of humanities/arts and social sciences.

Outline/Advising Guide

First Year

Fall (15-16 Credit Hours)

Spring (15-16 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Spring (17 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fourth Year

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.

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