Jeffrey Liles, Chair of Undergraduate Programs in Inclusive Education
The inclusive childhood education major prepares teacher candidates to be highly capable and ethically responsible teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach and reach all students effectively in childhood education (grades 1–6). The program standards draw directly from the School of Education/PEU’s conceptual framework, New York State Teaching and Learning Standards, the Association for Childhood Education International Standards, and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards. We embrace the fundamental belief that all students can and will learn, and that learning is significantly enhanced when teachers understand and apply: education theory and research to inform practice; multifaceted approaches to address the diverse learning needs of each student; and best educational practices to improve teaching and learning.
The inclusive childhood education program qualifies a candidate for a B.S. in inclusive childhood education with New York state initial certifications in childhood education (1–6) and students with disabilities (1–6). Teacher candidates who major in inclusive childhood education must also complete a second major or a concentration in a content area. Content areas include English (literature), French, Spanish, mathematics (or statistics) and social studies (American studies or history). The second major or concentration area may require candidates to complete more than the minimum 120 credits required for degree completion. The 49-credit inclusive childhood education major is structured within a sequential schedule. Courses in one level must be completed successfully before continuing to the next level. If a student chooses a second liberal arts major or concentration other than one of the six content areas, the student must meet with the chairman of the Department of Undergraduate Inclusive Education to review options. Only candidates with a content area second major or concentration may opt to take EDUC 333 - Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Middle School (3) to obtain content-area certification in grades 7–9.