Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6)
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Program Requirements

Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6)

Students pursuing the Childhood and Special Education Program must major in a liberal arts field. At Utica College, the following liberal arts majors are available: biology, chemistry, communication arts, economics, English, geoscience, history, international studies, liberal studies, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, psychology-child life, and sociology and anthropology. In addition to the requirements of their major and the courses in the childhood/special education program (listed below), the students must fulfill the following requirements (some of which may be satisfied by the Utica College core curriculum):
  • 6 credit hours or the equivalent of study in a language other than English
  • at least 6 credits in each of the following fields: English, mathematics, science and history
  • 3 credit hours in the fine arts

Course Requirements Credits Year
EDU 111 Introduction to Teaching  1 1
EDU 201 Applied Educational Psychology 3 2,3
EDU 215 Diversity, Disabilities, and Success 3 2,3
EDU 218 Curriculum and Instruction 3 2
EDU 301 Foundations of Literacy 3 2,3
EDU 302 Literacy and Comprehension: Birth-Childhood 3 3
EDU 314 Children’s Literature 3 2,3
EDU 316  Social Studies/Literacy Methods: Birth-Childhood 3 3
EDU 321 Foundations of American Education 3 2,3
EDU 325 Assessment of Children and Youth with Special Needs 3 2,3
EDU 326 Methods in Childhood Special Education 3 2,3
EDU 328 Methods and Curriculum for Working with Students with Pervasive Disabilities 3 2,3
EDU 344 Science and Technology Methods, Birth-Childhood 3 3
EDU 345 Mathematics Methods, Birth-Childhood 3 3
PSY 321  Infancy and Childhood  3  2,3
EDU 471 Student Teaching Seminar  0  4
EDU 475  Student Teaching I 6 4
EDU 476 Student Teaching II 6 4

NOTE: Students in the childhood education program must complete at least 90 credit hours in the liberal arts. Education courses are not liberal arts courses. Assuming that all other courses are liberal arts, students must complete at least 130 credits in order to meet this requirement for graduation. Consult as early as possible with your adviser or with the Director of Teacher Education to be sure that you fulfill this requirement.



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