Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary & Special Education

The elementary education undergraduate degree is registered in New York and accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in elementary/children with disabilities education. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our 
Course Descriptions page lists all education courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study, below.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Elementary & Special Education 58
     EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching
3
     EDUC 210. Human Development and Learning
3
     EDUC 220. Basic Instructional Design
3
     EDUC 220L. Basic Instructional Design Lab
0
     EDUC 304. Methods, Models and Management of Instruction 3
     EDUC 305. Music, Art and Physical Education in the Elementary School 
3
     EDUC 310. Methods for Teaching Elementary Social Studies & Language Arts 3
     EDUC 312X. Developmental Reading
3
     EDUC 401. Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading 
3
     EDUC 425. Organization and Assessment for Elementary Classrooms 
3
     EDUC 430. Methods for Teaching Elementary Science, Math and Technology
3
     EDUC 490. El. Student Teaching: Primary or EDUC 491. El. Student Teaching: Intermediate 5
     SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education
3
     SPED 340. Classroom and Behavioral Management 3
     SPED 430. Assessment for Children with Exceptionalities 3
     SPED 440. Curriculum Adaptation and Instruction for Students with Special Needs 3
     SPED 450. Advanced Teaching Methods for Students with Disabilities 3
     SPED 460. Communication and Collaboration Skills for Educators 3
     ED/SPED 490. Elementary Student Teaching: Primary/Students with Disabilities
     OR ED/SPED 491. Elementary Student Teaching: Intermediate/Students with Disabilities
3
3
 Workshops  
     EDUC 099A. Safe Schools Workshop 0
     EDUC 099B. Child Abuse Prevention Workshop 0
     EDUC 220D. Cultural Diversity Workshop 0
     EDUC 099F. Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools Workshop  0
     EDUC 099K. Experience in Diverse Environments Workshop 0
 General Education Requirements* 37 
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum
 
 Academic Concentration* 30 
   
 Cognates*  12
     MATH 111. Mathematics for Elementary Education I
3
     MATH 112. Mathematics for Elementary Education II 
3
     Social Studies 3
     Natural Science Course 3
   
 Foreign Language
 6
   
   
 TOTAL  120

NOTES
  • Academic Concentration: 30 credits required in an Arts and Science discipline. Courses from General Education and cognates can be included in the 30 hours.
  • 120 credit hours required for Elementary Education degree with Early Childhood option. Courses may count in several categories. See below for specific courses in program.
  • You must complete one course with diversity (D) coding and one writing intensive course (W). These courses need to be additional courses, but can be ones that also fill another requirement.
  • General electives are needed when a major course is also fulfilling one of the General Education Distributions.
ALSO NOTE:
  1. Students must complete a diverse field experience (EDUC 099K) that can be registered for in any semester.
  2. All students must take a writing intensive course and a diversity coded course.
  3. Workshops must be completed before Field Block 1.
  4. Field Block courses must be taken together in the same semester.
  5. Field Blocks 1 and 2 must be completed prior to student teaching.
  6. No additional courses may be taken during the student teaching semester except EDUC 495A. 

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Leading to Dual Certification in
NY: Childhood Education, 1-6/Students with Disabilities 1-6

This sequence illustrates how requirements can be met in a four-year program. Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable, but these must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. Click on any linked course to see its full title and description. A list of all education courses is found on our Course Descriptions page. 

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
ENG 101 3 ENG 102
  3
MATH 111 3 MATH 112   3
SBU 101 2 Foreign Language   3
Foreign Language 3 EDUC 201 or SPED 230   3
EDUC 201 or SPED 230
3 HIST 202
  3
SBU 102 1 SF/THEO 101

3
Total 15 Total

18
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
EDUC 210 3 EDUC 220/EDUC 220L   3
Gen. Ed. Requirement 3 Gen. Ed. Requirement   3
Natural Science Course 3 Concentration Electives   6
Concentration Electives 6 SPED 440 3
EDUC 099A 0      
EDUC 099B 0      
EDUC 099K 0      
Total 15 Total
15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
FIELD BLOCK I
FIELD BLOCK 1  
EDUC 304 3 EDUC 401   3
EDUC 305 3 EDUC 425   3
EDUC 310 3 EDUC 430   3
EDUC 312X 3 Concentration Elective   3
SPED 340 3 Gen. Ed. Requirement   3
ECED 420 3
   
Total
18
Total   15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
STUDENT TEACHING GATE 2
Natural Science w/Lab   4
ED/ECED 490 5 Gen. Ed. Requirement   3
EDUC 491
5 Concentration Electives (if needed)   9
SPED 460 3
 
EDUC 099D 0
 
Total
13
Total
  16

NOTES:
 1.) Field Block courses must be taken together in the same semester. 2.) Field Blocks 1 and 2 must be completed prior to student teaching. 3.) No additional courses may be taken during student teaching semester except the elective EDUC 495A.