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)
Two of the Following Courses:
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 (32-36 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
One elective course 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.
Foreign Language: French (32-36 Credits)
Foreign Language: Spanish (32-36 Credits)
Geography (32-33 Credits)
3 credits of internationalization Geography from
3 credits of intermediate Geography from
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.).
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 the 300-level
at the 400-level (in sub-fields taken at the 100-level).
Sustainability Studies (31-36 Credits)
This concentration immerses students in the three pillars of sustainability: society, economy, and environment. Through interdisciplinary coursework, the concentration focuses on the connections that exist between social equity, economy, and environmental problems, and it builds student understanding of sustainable solutions that will meet the present and future needs of people and the biosphere.
Basic Requirements (13 Credits)
Six courses with two in each dimension. At least two courses must be at the 200-level or higher. At least two courses must be at the 300-level or higher.
Dimension 1: Society, Culture and Humanities
Dimension 2: Development, Economics, and Global Perspective
Dimension 3: Environment and Physical Science
- A three-credit lecture taken with its one-credit co-requisite lab constitutes one course.
- Three to four internship credits may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
- Three to four credits of directed study may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
- SUST 366 - Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship or SUST 399 - Sustainability Directed Study may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
Urban Studies (30-32 Credits)
One course chosen from the following (3 Credits)
Electives from the following list: (12 Credits)
Women’s and Gender Studies (30 Credits)
Elective courses from the following: (12 Credits)
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.
For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:
Fall (15-16 Credit Hours)
Spring (15-16 Credit Hours)
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.