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Education Department

Dual Certification: Childhood Education (1-6) and Childhood Education/Special Education (1-6)

The Psychology/Special Education program leading to Childhood/Students with Disabilities certification has achieved the status of "Nationally Recognized" by the Association of Childhood International (ACEI) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

We were recently approved by NYSED to modify our current Childhood Education/Special Education teacher preparation programs.  Thus, we list both the older version of the program for current students and the newer version of the program for incoming students here:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Dual Certification
(This program is for those preparing to graduate in 2021 and 2022; some candidates preparing to graduate in 2023 may be registered for this program.)

 

Admission to the Program

(Note: Those pursuing a certificate to become a teacher are called candidates.)

Those interested in this program typically register with the Education Department in the first semester of freshman year to ensure timely completion of the requirements necessary for admission to upper-level courses. Others may enter the program at other times, but need to be aware that not all previously taken coursework may apply. Formal application is to be made no later than spring semester of the sophomore year by achieving:

  1. A grade point average of 2.7 or higher
  2. Grades of C+ or higher in all required courses in the certification sequence
  3. Demonstrating positive dispositions and attitudes toward being a teacher responsible for the education of all students.

Continuation in the program and acceptance into student teaching are based upon maintaining the required grade point average, suitability and competence to teach as demonstrated through completed courses, field placements (including those in New York State-designated high-needs school districts), and faculty recommendations.

Candidates will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they declare their major. Following are the requirements for the most recent catalog.

Students who have declared their major in a prior year should consult the appropriate catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Dual Certification (This program is for those first year candidates preparing to graduate in 2024 and for most sophomores planning to graduate in 2023.)

Admission to the Program

(Note: Those pursuing a certificate to become a teacher are called candidates.)

Those interested in this program typically register with the Education Department in the first semester of freshman year to ensure timely completion of the requirements necessary for admission to upper-level courses. Others may enter the program at other times, but need to be aware that not all previously taken coursework may apply.

Formal acceptance into the BS Psychology/Childhood Education with Special Education (both grades 1-6) program occurs when the candidate successfully completes the following courses with a grade of at least C+ or higher:

EDUC 101 Foundations of Education
Grade of Pass in EDUC 102 Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 150 Technology for Education Professionals
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 207 The Exceptional Child
PSYC 317 Child Development

Students who have declared their major in a prior year should consult the appropriate catalog.