2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
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2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education, BS

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Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education


Sheila DeRose, (for intra-university transfer), 111 Waverly Ave., Suite 230, 315-443-4522, saderose@syr.edu

Mara Sapon-Shevin, Program Coordinator, 176 Huntington Hall, 315-443-2685, saponsh@syr.edu

This B.S. degree program is a dual program between the School of Education and the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics - with the School of Education as the home school. This program meets the academic requirements for New York State teacher certification in both Early Childhood (birth - grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (birth - grade 2).  It seeks to prepare students to make a difference in the lives of children through a strong inclusive education and social justice philosophy and teaching skills, and solid knowledge of the core subjects to be taught and how to teach them.  A cornerstone of the program is the extensive and varied series of field experiences it offers, coordinating coursework with fieldwork in the schools as early as the first year of study. Many schools and childcare centers in the Syracuse area are at the forefront of inclusive education. Through our close partnerships with local schools and early childhood centers that welcome all students, and with our wide network of urban, suburban, and rural school affiliations, we provide a broad range of opportunities for getting the most out of field experiences. 

Program Requirements

Program requirements include liberal arts skills, a concentration in social/behavioral science with emphasis on child and family studies, and professional coursework. This intense program typically requires a minimum of 135 credits. The length varies and can be more than 138 credits, depending on the student’s mathematics and foreign language background, and other choices made by the student. In most cases, students enroll for more than 15 credits in a semester and/or take summer courses (at SU or other colleges) to complete the degree within four years. Therefore, prospective students not already enrolled in the School of Education are encouraged to consult with the School of Education as early as possible.

Note: Because of the professional education sequence, the study abroad semester for students completing in four years must be spring of the junior year.

Liberal Arts Requirements:

Arts in Education (Complete two courses from the following list (2 credits total)


Both this program and the teaching profession are demanding, requiring not only appropriate attitudes about children, and skills in working with them, but also knowledge of the content to be taught, excellent writing skills, critical thinking skills, and much more. Students’ progress is reviewed several times through the program against specific proficiencies and other assessment criteria. Effective for those entering the program Fall 2014 or later, to be eligible for Block I, students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA a 3.0 average for and no grade below a B- in EDU 203 , EDU 201 , SPE 311 , and CFS 432  (if taken before Block I); a B- or better grade in each writing course taken; and a B- or better average with no grade below a C in both the two required mathematics courses and the two required natural science courses, with at least one B- grade in each before entering Block I. In addition, they must have satisfactory ratings on the proficiencies and dispositions that are part of the professional courses and field experiences. Reviews also take place to determine eligibility to enter subsequent professional blocks, and additional information about this is available from the program faculty teaching in the blocks.

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