Candidates accepted in the Childhood with Special Education program will work toward a B.S. in Education degree and eligibility for New York State initial certification in both Childhood and Special Education (Grade 1 - 6).
The program is organized into a sequence of six blocks of related courses. All teacher candidates must complete 150 hours of field experience, as part of the education coursework, prior to student teaching. The field experience allows candidates to gain practical experience through application of the knowledge from coursework.
For more information, specifically with regards to scheduling, please see the Master Schedule.
In addition to the General Education requirements, candidates in the grades birth-6 Education programs will need to select a Liberal Arts Concentration in: Art History, Dance, English, Environmental Studies, Foreign Language, Geography, History, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Music, Natural Science, Political Science, Theatre, Urban Studies, or Women's Studies.
Please review the Undergraduate Bulletin regarding the courses required for each concentration. Note that the linked Bulletin is for 2019-2020; students must refer to the Bulletin for the academic year in which they matriculated into SUNY Geneseo.
PSYC 215 should be taken in Block I or II as it is a prerequisite or co-requisite for Block II.
MATH 140 should be taken in Block I or II as it is a prerequisite for Block III.
MATH 141 should be taken in Block II or III as it is a prerequisite or co-requisite for Block III.
(12.5 hours of field experience shared by CURR 213 and CURR 316)
(25 hours of field experience shared by CURR 313 and CURR 317)
(25 hours of field experience shared by SPED 382 and SPED 385)
Related Course Requirements
- PSYC 215 Child Development
- MATH 140 & MATH 141 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Education I & II
- H&PE 350 Health & Safety Issues in Schools
- Infectious Control Seminar (Blood Borne Pathogens) held two times per semester; candidates are notified through campus e-mail
- Child Abuse Seminar held as part of H&PE 350 as well as one time per academic year outside of H&PE 350; candidates are notified through campus e-mail
- SAVE Seminar held as part of H&PE 350 as well as one time per academic year outside of H&PE 350; candidates are notified through campus e-mail
- Dignity for All Students Act held as part of H&PE 350 as well as one time per academic year outside of H&PE 350; candidates are notified through campus e-mail
Foreign Language Competency
All initial certification programs require the satisfactory completion of the foreign language requirement. For candidates who entered SUNY Geneseo in 2003 or later, the College language requirement is proficiency through the third semester (201) of a foreign language. The foreign language requirement for certification can be satisfied in any one of the following ways:
- a grade of C- or better in a foreign language course at the 201 level or a score on the foreign language placement test that places the student at the 201 level,
- four units of a foreign language in high school (completion of foreign language sequence through Level IV, one year beyond regents exam) and a grade of 85% or better in the New York State Regents Exam,
- a score of 4 or better on the advanced placement examination in a foreign language, or
- equivalent coursework with a minimum grade of C- transferred from another college
American Sign Language proficiency equivalent to 201 levels also can be used to fulfill this requirement for students seeking teacher certification.
Minimum Competency Requirement
Teacher candidates must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to continue in a certification program. In addition, a grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses:
Childhood with Special Education: INTD 203; EDUC 354; CURR 213, 313, 316, 317, and 320; SPED 224, 231, 382, 383, and 385; FORL 101/102/201 (for FORL requirement); MATH 140 and 141
Candidates in education degree programs meet the College writing requirement by successfully completing EDUC 354, Family and Community, required for all childhood education programs.