Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

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 Cline 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)

ENGL 203 - Reader and Text: (subtitle)  Credit(s): 4
28 credits with:

  • A minimum of eight credits at the 400 level
  • A minimum of eight credits at the 300 level
  • A maximum of eight credits at the 100 level

which must include: 

  • One English course in the period designated “Early” Credit(s): 4

  • One English course in the period designated “Modern” Credit(s): 4

  • One English course in the period designated “Recent” Credit(s): 4

Foreign Language: French (32-36 Credits)

Foreign Language: Spanish (32-36 Credits)

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.).

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)

Music (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)

Six credits from

Twelve credits

at the 300-level

Nine credits

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. 


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


  1. A three-credit lecture taken with its one-credit co-requisite lab constitutes one course.
  2. Three to four internship credits may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
  3. Three to four credits of directed study may be used to satisfy one sustainability dimension course with the approval of the Sustainability Studies Coordinator.
  4. 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. 

Theatre (30 Credits)

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.

Sample Course Map

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022: please select the bulletin year in which you entered the college (matriculated) at the top right of this page.

Curriculum Map


Total Credit Hours: 121

Note: Variation in the order of courses is possible, depending upon prereqisties.  Consult course information in the bulletin or your academic advisor to customize your eight semester plan.

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.

KEY - Participation in a Global Society (PGS)


Sub Areas

Abbreviation Definition
DPP Diversity, Pluralism, Power
WCV World Cultures & Values
CGC Contemporary Global Challenges
CAI Creativity & Innovation
SST Sustainability

Learning Areas

Abbreviation Definition
HUMA Humanities
SOSC Social Science


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