School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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

Logo for AAQEPMarist College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Marist is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in Fall 2023.

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 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.