Courses and Curriculum

Inclusive Program & Elementary StudentsInclusive Elementary and Special Education students complete 133 or more credits, including:

  • More than 70 credits of professional education courses and field experiences.
  • A 30-credit liberal arts concentration or major
  • Liberal arts skills and distribution

Students meet with our Program Specialist in the first semester to map out an individualized plan for remaining semesters that takes into account the liberal arts area chosen, specific course interests, and special needs/interests (Honors Program participation, study abroad, Bridge tor the City, a possible minor in a liberal arts area, etc.).

More information about requirements is available in the Syracuse University course catalog.

Professional Education courses

Students will take over 70 credits of professional education courses that:

  • begin in the first year, and are sequenced to build on the skill, theory and knowledge from previous courses.
  • include field experiences in schools, allowing for students many opportunities to work and learn in a variety of elementary enrivonments.
  • emphasize the teacher’s role in making a difference in children’s lives.
  • emphasize strategies for teaching children of all abilities in all core subject areas.
  • ask students to reflect on and explain their professional practice.
  • promote professional collaboration skills and conduct.
  • are aligned with New York State and professional organization teacher preparation standards.

Liberal Arts Major or Concentration

Students study one liberal arts area in depth by completing at least 30 credits (usually 10 courses), with a specified number of these courses at the "upper division" (i.e., not beginning) level. This liberal arts area may be one subject, or a group of related subjects. The choice of area impacts on the total program credits to be completed, and the choices made for the liberal arts distribution courses.

Liberal Arts Skills and Distribution

Teaching requires in-depth knowledge of the content to be taught, critical judgment in a number of areas, solid writing skills, and more. Prospective teachers should be broadly educated, and liberal arts skills and distribution courses require that liberal arts study is not all in one area. All students take:

  • 2 Mathematics courses
  • 2 Natural science courses
  • 2 U.S. or other history courses
  • 1 Geography course
  • 1 Citizenship, Economics, and Government course
  • 1 Global Perspectives course
  • 2 Literature courses
  • 2 Writing courses
  • 2 Education related liberal arts courses

For those not completing a full liberal arts major, other breadth courses in art or music history, philosophy, religion, math or science may be required.