Initial Childhood and Special Education - Overview

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The Initial Certification in Childhood with Special Education program is designed for candidates holding a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts field. Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed for teaching both general and special education students. The program is designed for post-baccalaureate students seeking a Master of Education degree leading to initial and professional certification.

Education with a focus on the student

The focus of this program is to learn how to teach the many types of learners found in today's elementary classrooms. Throughout the program, students will study the pertinent research on how pupils learn and will integrate course content through field experience, simulations, and student teaching.

This exciting, dynamic program is a 45-credit, 4-semester program leading to dual certification (Initial Childhood with Students with Disabilities Generalist 1-6) with a strong Literacy component. Courses are carefully designed and sequenced. They will be taught using a team approach, with expertise from General Education, Special Education, and Literacy faculty working collaboratively. All courses in the Development strand incorporate universal design, technology, lesson planning, diversity, field work, and research in meaningful ways.

Program Structure/Schedule

Full time students take 12 credits each of their first three semesters and nine credits their fourth and final semester when they are student teaching. Fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks; summer semester will be 12 weeks. 150 hours of field observation/participation experience (OPE) in are schools is required by New York State. (One placement of 75 hours in the fall semester and another place for 75 hours in the spring semester.) Cohorts begin every fall. Each cohort will be guided by a team of faculty that reviews student progress throughout their program; providesinformation and preparation for the NYS Teacher Certification Examination, including required workshops; monitors thesis/projects; and reviews student portfolios during their Student Teaching Seminar

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