Education Courses and Field Placements

Coursework is supplemented with field experiences which give you an opportunity to use newly acquired skills directly in the classroom environment. Most classes start after 4pm to accommodate teacher work schedules.

Course of Study (*includes field placement) (58 - 60 credits)

  • CFS 667 - Child and Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 credits)
  • EED 640 - (1 credit)  Student Teaching Seminar
  • SPE 653 - Positive Approaches to Challenging Behavior (3 credits)
  • EED 654 - Teaching Math, Science & Social Studies in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • EED 643 - Parent Professional Relationship (3 credits)
  • EDU 508 - Student Teaching - Inclusive Pre-K setting* (6 credits)
  • EDU 508 - Student Teaching - K and Grade 1 or 2* (5 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • EDU 606 - Understanding Learning and Teaching (4 credits) *
    • EDU 605 - Understanding Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 credits)* AND EDU 607 - Principles of Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits)*
    ELL 625 - Teaching Literacy to ELL (Requires 25 hours total of field experiences)
  • SPE 520 - Curriculum in Early Childhood Education * (3 credits)  (Requires 10 hours of practicum per week)
  • SPE 613 - Developmental Therapy for Children with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • SPE 618 - Augmentation of Communication in Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)
  • SPE 623 - Families of Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • SPE 627/RED 626 - Early Intervention for Children’s Reading Problems (3 credits)
  • SPE 633 - The High Risk Infant (3 credits)
  • SPE 705 - Practicum in Psychoeducational Evaluation & Planning for Exceptional Children/Early Childhood* (6 credits)
  • SPE 706 - Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

In addition to successful completion of the above coursework and fieldwork experiences, students present a Professional Teaching/Learning Portfolio as the exit criterion. This portfolio is not only the culminating project of the program, but is useful in presenting yourself for future employment or promotion. This portfolio includes:

  • An introductory essay describing your teaching philosophy and beliefs about inclusive special education, curricular development, adaptations, and planning,
  • Supporting documentation of ways in which you have implemented the key principles of your philosophy and beliefs,
  • Evidence of the instructional and assessment approaches you have used  in inclusive classrooms,
  • Artifacts which demonstrate your learning, growth and professionalism.

You present the portfolio to an audience of faculty members, student peers, and teachers/supervisors who participate in practicum sites and offer feedback on your presentation.

Liberal Arts Course requirements

The requirements of this program include several undergraduate content concentration and distribution courses.  All require no less than a C grade; some require B- or better grades.  It is not unusual that an applicant will have one or more of these courses left to take.  These do not need to be completed before applying and may be taken at an institution other than Syracuse University.  However, some of the courses need to be done before starting the graduate program, and all must be finished before a degree can be granted.  We help prospective students identify appropriate courses.

Interested students should contact Marie Sarno, Program Specialist, as early as possible (including before applying) to have unofficial transcripts reviewed against the liberal arts requirements.  This allows more time to enroll in needed courses. 

Liberal Arts Concentration

Liberal arts concentration or major of at least 30 semester hours, with 15-18 courses (depending on the concentration area) at the upper division level. Our program does admit students with college majors in non-liberal arts areas. During the transcript review process, we will determine what the best concentration choice is, begin to construct the concentration and notify students if more courses need to be taken.  If appropriate, these courses may also be used to meet the distribution course requirements listed below.

Distribution courses

  • 1 writing course
  • 2 mathematics courses
  • 2 courses in the natural sciences with laboratories
  • 1 course from the social science (not history or psychology)
  • 1 course in artistic expression
  • 1 history course
  • 1 course in the humanities other than history or artistic expression
  • 1 language course other than English. You may include American Sign Language. (Completion of high school Level 3 or higher may be substituted.)