Special Education/Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) – BS
The dual major in Special Education and Childhood Education is a four-year program of study and practice that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Special Education/Childhood Education and prepares students for teaching in special education settings, general education settings, and inclusive settings that serve children with a range of abilities and needs. Upon the successful completion of this program, the achievement of passing grades on examinations required by the New York State Education Department and fingerprint clearance, students are eligible for New York State initial teaching certification in both childhood (Grades 1-6) and childhood special education (Grades 1-6).
Guidelines developed by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) were utilized in the development of this program. The Special Education/Childhood Education program provides pre-service teachers with integrated course content across the disciplines of special education, childhood education, child development, communication disorders, literacy, educational psychology, and instructional technology. The program prepares future educators to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of a diverse student population, collaborate with colleagues, and exhibit leadership in their professional endeavors. The program is delivered by experienced faculty and supervisors who focus on the elements of diversity, instructional planning, differentiation of instruction, reflective practice, technology, research-supported practices, and collaboration. The program requires that students have an academic concentration in the liberal arts or sciences (see below for descriptions of academic concentrations), and complete the College-wide Liberal Education program with specific expanded course work to meet certification requirements. See the catalog description on Liberal Education requirements for additional details. The majority of the major and the academic concentration must be completed at The College of Saint Rose.
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Dr. Susan DeLuke, Special Education
Special Education and Childhood Education (Gr 1-6), BS
Major in Special Education/Childhood Education Grades 1-6 (57-58 credits)
Students who do not take CSC 104 Educational Computing must take EPY 370.
SEE 360: is approved as fulfilling the writing-intensive requirement.
SEE 360: Students who transfer in a course that is equivalent to SEE 360 for 3 credits must also take SEE 362 for 1 credit.
Academic Concentrations for Special Education/Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) Majors
All Special Education/Childhood Education candidates must fulfill the College’s Liberal Education requirements and must take additional liberal arts course work in an academic concentration to comply with New York State teacher certification regulations. The purpose of the academic concentration in a liberal arts or sciences discipline or an interdisciplinary field is to provide a focused depth and breadth of preparation and study, beyond the broad general education requirement, that will enable the Special Education/Childhood Education major to develop a degree of expertise in a chosen discipline or interdisciplinary field.
Special Education/Childhood Education majors are required to complete an academic concentration of 30-33 credits in one of the following disciplines: American Studies*, Biology, Earth Science*, English, French/Spanish, General Science, Mathematics, Social Studies or Spanish. The requirements of the academic concentrations are listed below. Note: While students must complete the total credits necessary for graduation, 2 courses in a 30-credit concentration and 3 courses in a 33-credit concentration may be shared between the Liberal Education requirements and the academic concentration.
*No new applications are being accepted for these concentrations at The College of Saint Rose
American Studies Concentration (33 credits) *No new applications are being accepted*
Note: The minimum number of credits (7 credits) in the range for course categories below must be met, and the maximum number of credits (12 credits) in the range should not be exceeded.
|AMS 250||Amer Studies:Theory/Practice||
|AMS 350||Critrical Reflections in AMS||
Note: Urban Studies Certificate students must take AMS 251 instead of AMS 250.
American Aesthetics and Cultural Practices (7-12 credits):
Diversity and Social Justice courses (7-12 credits):
Critical Race Studies courses (7-12 credits):
|AMS 230||Topics:Critical Race Studies||
3 or 4
|ENG 216||African American Literature||
|ENG 237||Asian American Literature||
|ENG 238||Native American Literature||
|HIS 247||Intro to Caribbean History||
|HIS 260||Africans in Transatlantic Wrld||
|HIS 262||African-Amer Hist since 1863||
|POS 220||The Politics of Education||
Note: A minimum of 3 courses, including AMS 250 but not including AMS 350, must be interdisciplinary AMS courses.
Biology Concentration (30 credits)
Computing and Logic Concentration (33- 35 credits)
Studying fundamental computer science lays the groundwork for a career of applied computational thinking applicable to any field. Computer science emphasizes algebra and mathematical reasoning, hence strengthening the overall preparation of a future teacher. A concentration in Computing and Logic goes far beyond providing knowledge of a computer-based toolset to use in the classroom. Students in this concentration will become better equipped in conceptualization, problem-solving and abstract thinking. This concentration supports the STEM coalition efforts to improve the way our students learn science, mathematics, technology and engineering.
Computer Science Courses (20-22 Credits)
Choose two of the following courses: (6-8 credits)
Mathematics Courses (13 Credits)
MAT 180 and MAT 185: Students who transfer in MAT 815 or MAT 190 or who score 65 or better on the CALG portion of the math placement test are not required to take MAT 180 and may substitute the higher-level MAT course with advisor approval. in these cases, the higher level MAT course satisfies the MAT 180 pre-requisite for the MAT 270 or MAT 295 course requirement.
Earth Science Concentration (30 credits) *No new applications are being accepted*
English/Language Arts Concentration (33 credits)
|ENG 105||Expos Wrtg, Oral Com, Resrch||
|ENG 114||Intro Literary Genres/Traditns||
One early literature course (200 level) (4)
One later literature course (200 level) (4)
One diverse literature course (4 credits)
|ENG 126||Diverse Voices in Literature||
|ENG 173||Gay/Lesbian Literature||
|ENG 216||African American Literature||
|ENG 226||Women & Wrtg (Early Periods)||
|ENG 227||Women & Wrtg (Later Periods)||
|ENG 236||Post Colonial Literatures||
|ENG 237||Asian American Literature||
|ENG 238||Native American Literature||
|ENG 239||Irish Literature Survey||
|ENG 371||Studies in Women's Literature||
|ENG 372||Studies in Diverse Literatures||
Writing/language course(s) (3 or 4 credits)
One communication course (3 credits)
One performance arts course (4 credits)
One additional literature course from those listed above or two credits in teaching topics courses (2 or 4 credits)
French/Spanish Concentration (30 credits)
General Science Concentration (30 credits)
Mathematics Concentration (30-32 credits)
MAT 180, MAT 185, and MAT 190: Students who transfer in MAT 185 or MAT 190 or who score 65 or better on the CALG portion of the math placement test are not required to take MAT 180 and may substitute a higher-level MAT course with advisor approval. In these cases, the higher level MAT course satisfies the MAT 180 pre-requisite for the MAT 270 or 295 course requirement. In any case, a total of 30-32 applicable credits must be earned to complete the concentration.
Choose one course from the following:
Depth of Study: (9-11 credits)
Choose two courses chosen from the following
*Students who transfer in MAT 185 or MAT 190 or who score 65 or better on the CALG portion of the math placement test are not required to take MAT 180 and may substitute a higher-level MAT course with advisor approval. In these cases, the higher level MAT course satisfies the MAT 180 pre-requisite for the MAT 270 or 295 course requirement. In any case, a total of 30-32 applicable credits must be earned to complete the concentration.
MAT 270 and MAT 295: Students choose either MAT 270 or MAT 295, but may not use both courses to satisfy concentration requirements.
*Pending Approval by the NYSED
Social Studies Concentration (33 credits)
One course from the following: (4 credits)
Two courses, each from a different geographic area: (8 credits)
Choose one sociology course: (3 credits)
Social studies concentrators may not transfer in core courses after they have matriculated at the College of Saint Rose (Core courses are: POS 111, HIS 225, HIS 226, HIS 227, and HIS 260)
Spanish Concentration (30 credits)
One additional course chosen from: (3 credits)
Two Spanish elective courses (300 - 400 level) (6 credits)
Bilingual Education Extension-Spanish (12 credits)
Extensions are not required as part of the Special Education/Childhood Education major at Saint Rose. The New York State Education Department offers an extension for bilingual education to the initial or permanent/professional teaching certificate obtained for Special Education/Childhood Education (Grade 1-6). An extension will show that the certified special education/childhood education teacher has additional expertise to teach bilingual education in early childhood education. Special Education/Childhood Education majors who wish the College to recommend them to the New York State Education Department for an extension must complete all requirements for the Special Education/Childhood Education (Grade 1-6) program and all requirements for initial teacher certification; obtain fingerprint clearance prior to beginning all field experiences; obtain passing scores on the New York State English Language Proficiency Assessment and Target Language (Spanish) Proficiency Assessment Exams (prior to SPA 308 BLE 455); and, complete the following additional requirements:
BLE 380 and BLE 381: a 25-hour field experience outside of class is required
BLE 380 and BLE 381: 25 embedded hours
The New York State Teacher Certification Examination required for the Bilingual Education Extension in Spanish: Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) in Spanish.
Urban Education Certificate of Study
To obtain the Urban Education Certificate of Study, students must successfully complete URB 300, URB 245, and they must complete URB assignments as specified in SEE 360, SEE 380, SEE 385, and SEE 386. SEE 486; and must demonstrate extensive reflection and experience in urban settings in SEE 485 and SEE 495. Additionally, students must follow the academic concentration requirements for the American Studies concentration with Urban Education Certificate of Study (see below) and demonstrate fluency or complete two semesters of Spanish as fulfillment of their language requirement.
Students are required to complete a total of 162 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. Field experiences require students to observe, complete course-related assignments, and teach in a variety of settings including but not limited to high-needs/urban schools and inclusive classrooms.
Field experiences ranging from 10 to 21 hours are required for the following courses:
|SED 146||Ind w/Except in Schl & Comm||
|SEE 245||Curriculum & Instruction||
|SEE 249||Prin & Proc Eff Behav Mgmt||
|SED 347||Curr/Instrt Signific Disabilit||
|SEE 360||Literacy & Lit Young Children||
|SEE 380||Literacy/Literature Intrm Grds||
A special feature of the Special Education/Childhood Education program is the integrated methods block of coursework. This includes a 70-hour field experience when students spend two full days per week working in schools. Students enroll in SEE 385 Social Studies and English Language Arts Instruction: Teaching in Inclusive Elementary Settings and SEE 386 Mathematics, Science and Technology: Teaching in Inclusive Elementary Settings the semester prior to student teaching. Student teaching occurs at both the primary (1-3) and the intermediate (4-6) elementary levels with one of the placements in a special education or inclusive education setting and one placement in a general education setting.
Fingerprinting clearance from The New York State Department of Education is required for all field experiences. Fingerprinting information is available on the New York State Department of Education “TEACH” website http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach. Students should note that education courses with field experiences have catalog course descriptions that include a statement on mandatory fingerprinting.
Admission into the College does not ensure good standing in the program in Special Education/Childhood Education, nor does good standing in the Special Education/Childhood Education program ensure admission to student teaching. In order to maintain good standing through all stages of the Special Education/Childhood Education program, students are required to maintain the following academic standards: 2.5 cumulative index, 2.75 index in the education sequence, 2.25 index in the academic concentration and a minimum grade of C+ in each course of the major. Students are allowed to repeat courses in the major only one time. More than two repeated courses by a student will result in the student’s dismissal from the major. Students must apply for student teaching in accordance with program guidelines. This includes satisfactory completion of all major courses with the exception of SEE 485, SEE 486 SEE 495, and completion of most concentration courses. No additional courses beyond SEE 485, SEE 486, and SEE 495 should be taken during the student teaching semester.
Students in the Special Education/Childhood Education program may also obtain a Certificate of Study in Urban Education. This certificate is designed to convey to employers that students who receive it are specifically qualified to teach in schools that serve urban, inner-city populations. In order to obtain this certificate, students must take specific courses and meet additional criteria as listed below in the section on the Urban Education Certificate of Study.
Culminating Academic Experiences:
|SEE 485||Stud Tch Sem:Child Ed/Spec Ed||
|SEE 486||Portfolio: Spec Ed/Chldhd Ed||
|SEE 495||SpecEd/Child Ed Student Tchg||
The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.
The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. http://www.msche.org/
Programs offered by The College of Saint Rose for the preparation of all school professionals, leading to initial and advanced certifications, are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. http://www.ncate.org/
Career Opportunities and Graduate Study:
In order to be eligible for initial teacher certification in New York State, students must pass required New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and obtain fingerprint clearance. The School of Education offers preparation workshops for these exams. Information about test dates, sample questions, and scoring are available at www.nystce.nesinc.com. The pass rate on New York State Teacher Certification Examinations for students at The College of Saint Rose was 97% for the 2008-2009 academic year. Within five years, teachers with initial certification must apply for professional certification, which is contingent upon earning a relevant master’s degree and obtaining teaching experience that includes mentoring.
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