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Childhood Special Education

Elmira College’s Childhood Special Education certification program was developed in response to the ever-growing demand for special education teachers in today’s elementary school classrooms. The program helps aspiring teachers acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to effectively teach and assess learners with disabilities. Enrollment in the program is appropriate for undergraduate students who want to work in inclusive or special education settings with learners with special needs in Grades 1 through 6.

Through coursework and innovative clinically enriched teaching and learning experiences, students gain critical understandings of how to use research-validated methods for teaching learners with disabilities, manage classroom behaviors, assess their learning, and implement adaptive and assistive technologies for instructional and assessment purposes.

After completing the required Teacher Education coursework and New York State teacher certification exams, students enrolled in the Childhood Special Education program are eligible for institutional recommendation for New York State initial teaching certification in Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6. Students also have the option to pursue dual initial certification in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6.

Childhood Special Education Course Listing:

EDU 1010 Foundations of Education (3 credits)
PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
PED 1162 Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher (1.5 credits)
EDU 1920 Introductory Fieldwork and Seminar in Education (3 credits)
EDU 2020 Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)
PSY 2060 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
EDU 2222 Managing Behavior of Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
EDU 3331 Curriculum Design and Instruction in Childhood Special Education: Mathematics,
Science, Social Studies, and the Arts (3 credits)
EDU 3345 Literacy Acquisition and Development for Preschool and Elementary School Learners (3 credits)
EDU 3351 Assessing Students with Disabilities: Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
EDU 3365 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Schools (3 credits)
EDU 3931 Student Teaching I and Seminar: Childhood Special Education (6 credits)
EDU 4391 Student Teaching II and Seminar: Childhood Special Education (12 credits)