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Early Childhood/Students With Disabilities & Special Education

This major will lead to initial certification in both Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (birth to grade 2). 

Program Highlights


You'll start observing classrooms your freshmen year to gain experience all four years at Roberts. By the end of your program, you'll have 150 hours of observation in classrooms under your belt. 


Your senior year, you'll spend one semester in area schools student teaching to help prepare you for your career after college.


The dual certification offered by this program will greatly enhance your ability to be employed in a preschool, elementary school, or at a facility devoted to special education.

B.S. Program Credits Minimum: 124 - 127

Liberal Arts: 60 Credit Hours

Major/Concentration: 79 - 85 hours


Standard Completion Time
Four Years


What Will I Learn?

You will be taught inclusive strategies that will qualify you to teach in a traditional preschool and elementary classroom; a self contained special education preschool and elementary classroom; and an inclusive preschool and elementary classroom. 

You will choose one of the following content areas for certification:

  • Language Arts
  • Math, Science & Technology – Emphasis on Math
  • Math, Science & Technology – Emphasis on Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

Where Can It Take Me?

Student Teaching Placements

  • Churchville Chili
  • Rochester Prep Charter
  • Urban Choice Charter
  • Various Rochester City School District
  • Rush Henrietta
  • St. Lawrence Catholic School
  • Northstar Christian Academy
  • Canandaigua
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School
  • Leroy
  • Brighton
  • East Irondequoit
  • West Irondequoit
  • Fairport
  • Monroe 1 BOCES


  • Preschool Teacher
  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Preschool Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary Special Education Teacher
  • Education & Disabilities Specialist
  • Universal Pre-K/ Head Start Teacher

Grad Schools

  • St. John Fisher
  • Nazareth College
  • University of Rochester
  • Empire  state college
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • Roberts Wesleyan

Alumni Success

Emily Lavell '12

Elementary Special Education Teacher
Webster Central Schools

Melissa Baker '13

Universal Pre-K/Head Start Teacher
ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc.

Lauren Ford'13

Education & Disabilities Specialist
Action for a Better Community, Head Start Program

Who Will I Meet?

Kasie Kae Fritz, Early Childhood/Special Education (B-2) '16

I transferred to Roberts Wesleyan after hearing how wonderful their education program was, but I had no idea how great of an impact the professors, students, and program as a whole would have on me. My professors instilled a passion in me to get to know my students in order to be a successful teacher as well as a genuine love for learning. I have gleaned more from my program than I ever thought possible and have been given so much encouragement. Because of Roberts I feel confident in my abilities as an early childhood educator and feel ready to conquer my first teaching job. My primary goal is to make a difference in the lives of my students.



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