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Inclusive Childhood Education Program Requirements

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).

B.S. in Inclusive Education - Childhood

All of the following credit-bearing courses in the inclusive education major are used in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Note: Candidates must earn a grade of “C” or higher in each of the following courses required for certification in order to move to the next course. Courses in which the candidate has earned a grade lower than a “C” must be repeated.


Foundations Sequence - 16 credits

  • EDUC 103 - Foundational Seminar in Education (1)
  • EDUC 201 - Schools, Ability, and Learning (3)
  • EDUC 202 - Introduction to Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
  • EDUC 204 - Educational Technology (3)
  • EDUC 211 - Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
  • PSYC 227 - P3 Child and Adolescent Development (3)*

Methods I - 6 credits

  • EDUC 226 - Foundations of Language and Literacy (3)
  • EDUC 333 - Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Middle School (3)**

Methods II - 10 credits

  • EDUC 203 - Field Seminar I (1)
  • EDUC 302 - Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Social Studies (3)
  • EDUC 316 - Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Literacy I (3)
  • EDUC 335 - Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (3)

Methods III - 11 credits

  • EDUC 303 - Advanced Clinical Seminar (1)
  • EDUC 345 - Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Mathematics (3)
  • EDUC 346 - Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Literacy II (3)
  • EDUC 471 - Management in Inclusive, Collaborative Classroom Communities (4)

Student Teaching - 12 credits

  • EDUC 101 - Issues in Student Health and Safety (0)
  • EDUC 424 - Education for Social Justice (3)
  • EDUC 485 - Student Teaching Seminar: Childhood (1)
  • EDUC 488 - Student Teaching: Childhood (4)
  • EDUC 498 - Student Teaching: Inclusive Education 1–6 (4)

Total: 55 credits

*PSYC 100C - P3 Introduction to Psychology is required as a prerequisite for PSYC 227C.

**Although the required course for middle school extension — EDUC 333 — is included in the above program, the choice to pursue this certification (and therefore to take this course) is optional.

Content Area Major Requirements

Inclusive childhood education majors are required to have a second major in a content area. For those students seeking the middle school extension certification, content area majors are English (literature), French, Spanish, mathematics (major in statistics) and social studies (major in either American studies or history). If a student chooses a second liberal arts major other than one of these six, the student must meet with the chairman of the Department of Undergraduate Inclusive Education to review options. Please refer to individual majors' catalog pages for requirements.

Liberal Arts Content Requirements For New York State: Childhood Certification

Candidates should check with their education advisors in choosing appropriate courses. Many of the courses for this content core may also fulfill requirements of the College Core.

All courses taken to meet the requirements of the content core, whether completed at Fisher or accepted in transfer, must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”

English Language Arts

  • English Language Arts electives (6)

Social Studies

  • Perspectives 3 (P3) College Core courses from two different disciplines (6)

Mathematics and Science

  • MATH 114C - P4 Mathematical Explorations I (3)
  • CHEM 214C - P4 Biochemical Systems (3)

Mathematics and Science

  • MATH 115C - P4 Mathematical Explorations II (3)
  • CHEM 215C - SQ Dynamics of the Physical World (3)

Language Other Than English

  • Two-course sequence in the same language (6-8)
    Note: Inclusive childhood education students are required to take at least two sequential college-level courses of the same language other than English. Two courses in American Sign Language fulfill this requirement, as well as meet the Perspectives 5 area of the College Core.

The Arts

  • Perspectives 1 (P1) College Core course (3)

Career Development and Occupational Studies

  • Choose ONE:
    • ITDY 101 - Freshman Seminar (1)
    • ITDY 109 - Career Exploration and Planning (1)

Health, Physical Education, Family, and Consumer Sciences

  • EDUC 101 - Issues in Health and Student Safety (0)
  • Choose ONE:
    • ITDY 110 - Fitness for Life (1)
    • EDUC 110 - Yoga & Mindfulness for Education (1)

Total: 35-37 credits

Certification Requirements

Qualification for New York State Initial Certification in Childhood Grades 1–6, Students with Disabilities Grades 1–6, and Middle School Extension in the Content Area Grades 7–9

Candidates in inclusive childhood education (grades 1–6) must successfully complete the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree program, which includes study in the liberal arts and sciences, the general education core, and the content requirements that provide coursework in all the New York Learning Standards.
  • Major in a content area: American studies, history, English (literature), French, Spanish or statistics
  • Education Core: 55 credits in teacher preparation courses
  • At least 150 hours of successful field experiences prior to student teaching
  • Student teaching experience (14 weeks)
  • New York state teacher certification examinations: edTPA, EAS, and the Content Specialty Test for each certification area
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Child abuse and school violence intervention and prevention workshops

Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.