2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
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2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education

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Dr. Joanna Masingila, Dean
230 Huntington Hall

About the College

Welcome to Syracuse University’s School of Education, a national leader in inclusive urban education. The school offers a variety of degree programs in teaching and non-teaching areas. Many of these programs lead to initial teaching certification in New York State. Emphasizing a solid foundation in the liberal arts as well as education, each degree program accommodates the personal and professional needs of its students. Many of our faculty members hold dual appointments in the School of Education and another college within the University. The School of Education also offers numerous laboratory and field-based teaching experiences in cooperation with local school districts, community institutions, and on-and off-campus early childhood centers.

There are no careers more critical to the human condition and sustainability than teaching, educational policy and the foundations of education, research in health and exercise science, counseling and instructional technology. Our undergraduate and graduate students as well as our faculty come from throughout the U.S. and from around the world.

Our leadership in inclusive urban education is built on a legacy of pioneering work in advancing educational opportunities for all learners. By linking research to practice our community of scholars and innovators collaborate to lead nationally recognized centers and institutes and serve in leadership roles on national boards, research projects and international conferences and projects.

Join us here at Syracuse University, take part in our centers abroad in London, Florence and Beijing or in our research and training projects in Asia, Australia, Latin America and Africa. Be a part of groundbreaking projects such as Say Yes to Education and Economic Development, Schools of Promise, Smart Kids, our Summer Literacy Clinic, the Taishoff Center, and the Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies as well as many other dynamic programs. Become part of the School of Education’s mission to address issues and seek solutions that can define the future of teaching and leadership, higher education, health and exercise science, reading and language arts, instructional design development and evaluation, and counseling in America and around the world.

Educational Mission

A National Leader in Inclusive Urban Education

Syracuse University’s School of Education, a national leader in improving and informing educational practice for diverse communities, is committed to the principle that diverse learning communities create the conditions that both enrich the educational experience and provide opportunities for all to succeed. The School of Education pioneered the inclusion movement in the United States, making way for all learners to participate fully in mainstream classrooms and other inclusive learning environments.

Undergraduate Education

Degree Requirements

All undergraduate programs offered by the School of Education typically require the completion of 120 to 138 credits. Specific program requirements vary, as do the total number of credits.

At several points during teacher preparation programs, reviews of students’ progress are made to determine continued eligibility for each program. These review points vary, but in all cases include the time just prior to student teaching. See individual program descriptions for further information.

Field experiences, usually off campus, are required throughout most programs, with placement sites assigned by course instructors or through the field placement office. While convenience is considered in making placement assignments, other factors may preclude the most convenient appointments. The School of Education does what it can to facilitate transportation for field experiences before student teaching. Students are encouraged to provide their own transportation for student-teaching assignments (EDU 508 ).

Single Enrollment Programs

All single-enrollment programs lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Each program requires distribution in liberal arts and sciences, with a total of at least 60 credits in liberal arts.

The School of Education’s Single-Enrollment Programs are:

Teacher Preparation Programs:

  • Inclusive Elementary and Special Education (grades 1-6)
  • Health & Physical Education (all grades)
  • Physical Education (all grades)

Non-Teacher Preparation Programs:

  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Selected Studies in Education

Dual Enrollment Programs

Expertise in some areas is gained more appropriately by drawing on the course offerings of two colleges within the University. Dual programs within the School of Education require study in a content area and professional education courses (including field experiences), as well as satisfaction of college requirements. They all lead to New York State initial teacher certification.

Students must enroll in both the School of Education and the cooperating college. Dual programs are available in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Students typically complete one program offered jointly by the two colleges and, in the case of dual programs with Arts and Sciences, a major in the college reflecting the subject to be taught.

Teacher Preparation Program for Birth-2nd Grade Offered with the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics:

  • Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education

The School of Education is the primary (home) college for the Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education program

Teacher Preparation Programs for Grades 7-12 Offered with the College of Arts and Sciences are:

  • English Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Spanish Education

Teacher Preparation Programs for All Grades Offered with the College of Visual and Performing Arts are:

  • Music Education
  • Art Education

These other colleges serve as the primary (home) college. However, although the primary college’s policies and procedures are often followed, some policies in the School of Education must also be followed, such as meeting the prerequisites to professional semesters and student teaching, as well as specific arts and sciences course requirements.

Undergraduate Admissions

External Admissions

(Students applying to Syracuse University from high school or another college or university.)

The School of Education appreciates your interest and hopes you will continue to learn more about the School by exploring the website (http://www.soe.syr.edu), visiting campus and meeting with a representative of the School.

To Apply

Candidates for undergraduate admission to Syracuse University apply to a specific major within one of our schools or colleges. To learn more about the programs available in the School of Education, contact Zachary Schuster, Undergraduate Admissions Recruiter at (315) 443-4269 or zmschust@syr.edu.

For information about the application, the application process or enrollment dates and deadlines, contact the Office of Admissions at (315) 443-3611 or orange@syr.edu. To apply, please visit: http://www.admissions.syr.edu/

Application Timelines
  • Early Decision Deadline: November 15
  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 1
  • Admissions Notification: Mid-March
  • Candidates must reply by May 1
Visit Us

If you are interested in a full campus tour, a personal interview or an Office of Admission’s information session, please contact the Office of Admissions at (315) 443-3611 or orange@syr.edu.

If you would like to meet with Zachary Schuster, the Undergraduate Admissions Recruiter for the School of Education, please contact her at (315) 443-4269 or zmschust@syr.edu

Internal Admissions

(Students who are already attending Syracuse University and want to transfer to the School of Education.)

Intra-University Transfer

Syracuse University students interested in an intra-university transfer (IUT) to the School of Education must meet the following cumulative grade point average (GPA) requirements for their desired program of study:

3.0 Art Education
3.0 Health and Exercise Science
3.0 Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education
3.0 Inclusive Elementary and Special Education
3.0 Music Education
3.0 Health & Physical Education
3.0 Physical Education
3.0 Secondary Education Programs
2.8 Selected Studies in Education

*Students who fall below the minimum GPA requirement are encouraged to apply as an IUT into the School of Education. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an individual basis.

Students must submit an intra-university transfer (IUT) application, available in the Office of Academic and Student Services in the School of Education, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230; in addition, a personal interview may be required from the Office of Academic and Student Services. Students who meet the cumulative GPA requirement are admitted on a space-available basis as determined by the education program. Those students whose cumulative GPA does not meet the requirements can be counseled as to the best options for them.

The applicability of prior earned credit (both at SU and transfer credit) will be evaluated. Intra-university transfer (IUT) applications are held until the end of the semester when GPAs and the student’s interest in entering the program are assessed.

Students considering transfer into one of the single programs in education may find the following course suggestions helpful. These courses may be taken by non-education students with advisement while they make the decision to transfer or while the intra-university transfer (IUT) application is being processed.

Undergraduate Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is available to address your questions, offer options for payment, assist in filing student loan and grant applications, and suggest financial planning options. For additional information, visit their web site at http://financialaid.syr.edu, call (315) 443-1513 or send e-mail to finmail@syr.edu.

School of Education Scholarships

Burton Blatt Scholarship

This scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Education. Recipients are chosen both for merit and financial need with preference given to a minority candidate.

For information regarding this scholarship contact:

Angela Flanagan, Scholarship Coordinator
Awards & Scholarship Committee
250 Huntington Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244-2340
Phone: (315) 443 - 4754
Fax: (315) 443 - 2258
e-mail: arflanag@syr.edu


The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. More information can be found at http://financialaid.syr.edu/teach.htm.

Robert Noyce Scholars Program

The Robert Noyce Scholars program, funded by the National Science Foundation and offered jointly through Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education, responds to the critical need for mathematics and science teachers by encouraging talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and STEM professionals to pursue teaching careers in high-needs K-12 schools.

The funds granted from the Syracuse University Noyce Scholars Program are intended to assist persons who wish to make a commitment to teach science or mathematics in high-needs urban or rural schools. Qualifying undergraduate students receive up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Qualifying graduate students receive up to $20,000 for one year of study. Promising freshman and sophomore STEM majors can receive $1,200 for a four-week summer internship.

For information please contact:

John W. Tillotson Ph.D., Associate Professor
Syracuse University Noyce Scholars Program
101 Heroy Geology Lab
Syracuse, NY 13244-1070


The School of Education is accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

On July 1, 2013, NCATE consolidated with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the new accrediting body for educator preparation. CAEP continues to require institutions of higher education who prepare school professionals (Education Preparation Providers (EPPs)) to use performance based assessments to measure a candidate’s proficiencies, a programs’ success in achieving its goals, and the EPPs’ operations in support of candidates and programs.

Professional accreditation of preparatory education programs is the bedrock upon which all professions (e.g., architecture, engineering, medicine, and law) have built their reputations. It assures that those entering the respective field have been suitably prepared to practice through assimilation of a body of knowledge and pre-service practice in the profession. Accreditation of schools of education indicates that the school underwent rigorous external review by professionals, that performance of a teacher candidate in the program has been thoroughly assessed before he or she is recommended for licensure, and that programs meet standards set by the teaching profession at large.

Regional accreditation organizations are now following this same rigorous approach to assessments and are asking faculty from education to be leaders at their institutions. This paradigm shift is creating a culture on college campuses towards innovation and quality improvements.

Please refer to the CAEP website for additional information on accreditation: http://caepnet.org/

Student Services

The Office of Academic and Student Services

The Office of Academic and Student Services was created to ensure that students get the most out of their college experience. The staff in the office provides a thorough and effective system of support for both undergraduate and graduate students from the admissions process through graduation and beyond.

From academic support to career advice to information about opportunities to study abroad, the professionals in Academic and Student Services have the experience and knowledge to answer questions, provide advisement, and make referrals as necessary.


Academic and Student Services publishes a newsletter each semester which provides students, faculty, and staff current information about certification, career services, and advising. The current and previous newsletters can be found online at: http://soe.syr.edu/current/student_services/default.aspx


Official forms most commonly requested by students can be found in the Office of Academic and Student Services, and also on the website at: http://soe.syr.edu/current/student_services/forms.aspx. If a form that is relevant to a specific academic situation cannot be found on the website, students can stop by the Office of Academic and Student Services for assistance.

Academic and Student Services
111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone (315) 443-9319
Fax (315) 443-5732

Undergraduate Advising

All undergraduate students in the School of Education are encouraged to make use of the facilities of the Office of Academic and Student Services. Located at 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230, Academic and Student Services has the resources to help students better understand academic requirements, negotiate academic policies and processes, and get the most out of their college experience.

The mission of Academic and Student Services is to help students succeed by providing information, fostering personal development and responsibility, and offering supportive services. Students have an open invitation to stop by with questions or concerns regarding academic programs, advising, career issues, and certification. If an answer is not provided here, our staff is dedicated to helping students find what they need.

Services available to undergraduates through the Office of Academic and Student Services include the following:

  • Advising (faculty and staff)
  • Peer Advising
  • Admissions
  • Academic and Personal Support
  • Career Services
  • Teacher Certification
Graduate Advising

The Office of Academic and Student Services provides advice and guidance on School of Education and Syracuse University policies, advocates for student concerns, and offers a range of services to assist students as they work toward their academic and career goals.

The mission of Academic and Student Services is to help students succeed by providing information, fostering personal development and responsibility, and offering supportive services. Students have an open invitation to stop by with questions or concerns regarding academic programs, advising, career issues, and certification. If an answer is not provided here, our staff is dedicated to helping students find what they need.

Services available to graduate students through the Office of Academic and Student Services include the following:

  • Advising (faculty and staff)
  • Admissions
  • Academic and Personal Support
  • Career Services
  • Teacher Certification

New York State Teacher Certification

Initial Certification

  • Is the first New York State certificate and is effective for 5 years from the issuance date.
  • Complete School of Education approved undergraduate or graduate teacher prep program.
  • Pass New York State teacher exams.
  • Complete fingerprinting process at least 2 months prior to graduation.
  • Candidates should apply for this certification within 2 years of graduation to be eligible for School of Education’s recommendation.

Professional Certification

  • Must be earned before initial certificate expires.
  • New York State teacher exams are not required (with the exception of Speech & Language Disabilities).
  • Requires completion of a Masters degree in a related area of initial certification.
  • Requires completion of 3 years full time teaching employment.
  • Requires completion of professional development through school district employer.

Options for Those with Initial Certification Earned at the Bachelors Level

  • Earn Masters degree leading to professional certification in area of initial certification.
  • Earn Masters degree in a new certification area.
  • Earn Masters degree, provided that 12 graduate credits of content related to the initial certificate are completed (as part of the Masters or in addition to it), as specified by New York State (must apply for certification directly to New York State Department of Education).

Checklist of Steps to File for New York State Certification

  • Successfully pass the required New York State Teacher Certification exams. Test dates, registration and preparation guides are available at www.nystce.nesinc.com.
  • Apply for fingerprinting clearance at least 2 months prior to graduation at 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230 (above the Health Center) or call 315-443-4759.
  • Meet with an advisor in the Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230, to confirm that all degree requirements will be completed. Call 315-443-9319.
  • Apply for certification through NYSED TEACH Online Services at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/. Directions will be made available prior to graduation.

Recommendation for Certification

  • Online certification recommendation will be completed once award date is posted on transcript (typically 4-6 weeks after graduation).

Out-of-State Teacher Certification

  • Each state has specific teacher certification requirements; therefore, it is recommended that students search each state’s education department web site for the most up-to-date information.


  • Required for New York State certification.
  • Apply for fingerprinting clearance at least 2 months prior to graduation.
  • Complete the online fingerprint application and make payment through the NYSED TEACH web site at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/. It is advised to pay online with a credit card for faster processing.
  • Upon receipt of fingerprint packet, email Linda DeFrees at: ladefree@syr.edu to make an appointment to get fingerprints inked on fingerprint cards.
  • Fingerprinting will take place at 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230 (above the Health Center).
  • Call 315-443-4759 for additional inquiries regarding this process.
  • Inquiries regarding whether previous fingerprinting applies for certification, please contact Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability, New York State Education Department, 987 Education Building Annex, Albany, NY 12234. Phone 518-473-2998 or email OSPRA@mail.nysed.gov.

Information And Updates Regarding All New York State Teacher Certification Examinations Can Be Found At: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp

Career Services Office

The School of Education Career Services center offers a variety of services to help students with their job search in the education field. These services include opening a credential file, resume assistance, Teacher Recruitment Days participation and New York State Teacher Certification recommendation.

Credential Files

  • Recommended to be opened in the senior year after student teaching placement.
  • Contains recommendation letters from host teachers, professors, and employers.
  • $35 registration fee is required to open a file (first 3 mailings are free of charge). Once a file contains at least 3 letters, it is ready to send to prospective employers.
  • Copies of the file are sent at request of applicant via email to Linda DeFrees.
  • All checks and money orders should be made payable to Syracuse University.
  • Application forms are available on the School of Education website.

Resume and Cover Letter Assistance

  • Resource materials available at 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230.
  • Resume and cover letter review and assistance. Please email request for an appointment to Linda DeFrees.

Teacher Recruitment Days

  • The annual Central New York Teacher Recruitment Days job fair is held each spring at SUNY Cortland, New York.
  • Eligible Syracuse University School of Education students will be offered the opportunity to interview with school districts visiting from a variety of schools.

Job Search Handbook for Educators

  • This handbook is available free of charge to facilitate the job search. It offers valuable tips for resumes, cover letters and interviewing techniques. It also contains information related to job hunt strategies and teacher ‘supply and demand’ per region.
Teaching Opportunities:

Explore career opportunity websites.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities:

Explore career opportunity websites.

Study Abroad

At Syracuse University, studying abroad is a longstanding tradition. More than half the students enrolled through the SU Abroad (formerly known as DIPA) come from universities across the U.S. and from almost all major fields of study.

The School’s programs run in conjunction with SU Abroad and have close ties to local universities, allowing students to design integrated programs of study appropriate to their academic and linguistic abilities. Every SU Abroad Center is overseen by a faculty director, administrators and host-country staff who are available to assist students at all times with their academic and personal needs. Pre-departure and on-site orientation programs further prepare students for their semester or year abroad.

The School of Education supports and encourages study abroad for undergraduate students enrolled in any of our programs. The faculty and program advisors work very closely with students on appropriate course sequencing to facilitate this.


The quality of a student-centered research institution is measured in part by its success in integrating its students’ learning experiences and its faculty members’ scholarship. In a professional school, the key to that integration lies in sustained, critical, always-respectful engagement with the profession and those it serves. It relies upon creating a community of learners devoted to service. The efforts of our students and faculty members to create such a community are supported by an organizational infrastructure of coordinating councils, teacher centers, professional development schools, subject matter academies, specially-funded research and development projects, and skilled staff members. All are devoted to nurturing collaborative partnerships between preservice educators, University faculty, and practicing professionals in public education, higher education, and other educational and work environments.

The following facilities are part of our campus in Syracuse, New York:

  • Huntington Hall houses the Dean’s office and the majority of School of Education departments and offices.
  • The Hoople building houses the faculty offices, clinic and classroom for the Department of Counseling and Human Services. The Center for Human Policy is also located in Hoople.
  • Heroy is home to the Department of Science Teaching and houses classroom and laboratory space.
  • Comstock Art Facility, 1055 Comstock Ave is the main building for Art Education.
  • Crouse College houses an auditorium and practice space for Music Education.
  • Carnegie is home to Math Education.
  • 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230 is home to the Office of Academic and Student Services.
  • The Women’s Building houses the Exercise Science Department’s faculty and administrative offices, two research laboratories, two gymnasiums, an indoor pool, a dance studio, outdoor playing fields, and tennis courts.
  • Exercise Science research facilities include:
    • Human Performance Laboratory
    • Hypoxia Laboratory
    • Muscle Biology Laboratory
  • Ernie Davis is home to a teaching laboratory and classroom in addition to the Health and Exercise Science Learning Community.

Research Centers & Institutes

The Syracuse University mission of Scholarship in Action is strengthened by the centers and institutes housed at the School of Education.

The School of Education’s centers and research institutes are growing to accommodate the needs of the communities they serve and to offer students robust interdisciplinary experiences.

The Inclusion Institutes

  • Institute on Communication and Inclusion
  • Taishoff Center on Inclusive Higher Education
  • Schools of Promise

School Reform for Urban Youth

  • Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series
  • Early College High School
  • Say Yes to Education

Collaborative Partnerships

  • Partnership For Better Education
  • Liberty Partnerships Program
  • Kenyatta University and Syracuse University Partnership
  • Center for Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies
  • Community Initiatives in the Visual Arts
  • Pyscho-Educational Teaching Laboratory
  • The Study Council at Syracuse University

Higher Education Supports and Initiatives

  • Academic Opportunity Programs (HEOP & SSS)
  • Intergroup dialogue
  • Regional Holocaust and Genocide Initiative
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • Extended Campus
  • Office of Professional Research and Development

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