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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 –15 credits

  • EDUC 108 – Clinical Experience I (0)
  • 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 – 3–6 credits

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

Methods II – 9 credits

  • EDUC 208 – Clinical Experience II (0)
  • 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 – 10 credits

  • EDUC 301 – Clinical Experience III (0)
  • 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: 49–52 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. Students should consult with their education advisors regarding qualification for this additional certification.

Content Area Major Requirements

Inclusive childhood education majors are required to have a second major or a concentration in a content/liberal arts area. For those students seeking the middle school extension certification, content area majors or concentrations are in English (literature), French, Spanish, mathematics (mathematics or statistics), and social studies (American studies or history). If a student chooses a second liberal arts major or concentration 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 of either second majors or concentrations.

Liberal Arts Content Requirements For New York State: Childhood Certification

In addition to a liberal arts major or concentration, all candidates must meet the liberal arts courses listed below in order to fulfill New York state requirements for the dual certification. 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)
    Learning Community courses and Research Based Writing courses of the St. John Fisher College Core meet this requirement, even if the department designation of the courses is not ENGL.

Social Studies

  • Social studies electives (6)
    The six credits must be in the areas of American studies, history, sociology, economics, political science, or geography.

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

  • One course in a language other than English (3)
    A course in American Sign Language will meet this requirement.

The Arts

  • One course with an ARTS subject designation (3)
    A course in another subject area may apply as long as it is approved by the Education Department.

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: 32 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 or concentration in a content area: American studies, history, English (literature), French, Spanish, mathematics or statistics – if a student wishes to pursue middle school extension
  • Completion of EDUC 333 – Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Middle School (3) (required for middle school extension certification)
  • Major or concentration in any liberal arts field if not pursuing middle school extension
  • Education Core: 49 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

Additional Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 1-6

The purpose of this additional certificate is to provide an option for undergraduate inclusive childhood education majors to receive teacher certification in TESOL through a certificate attached to the inclusive childhood education program. The certificate will help candidates meet the needs of and provide equitable educational opportunities for all students, but especially those from groups at risk of marginalization due to limited language proficiency.

Due to the number of credit hours required for the certification, the courses to complete the program are offered online over the course of two summers.

Students who are declared inclusive childhood education majors who wish to pursue TESOL certification must:

  • Successfully complete EDUC 103 or 108, 201, 202, 204 and 211 with a grade of C or higher;
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 2.75;
  • Complete a goal statement for submission to the School of Education;
  • Complete twelve credits of a language other than English with a grade point average of 3.00


  • EDUC 234 – Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • EDUC 236 – Foundations of Inclusive Bilingual Education (3)
  • EDUC 237 – Culture and Context in TESOL/Bilingual Curriculum (3)
  • EDUC 238 – Methods 1: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment TESOL 1 (3)
  • EDUC 239 – TESOL Fieldwork (1)
  • EDUC 240 – Methods 2: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment TESOL 2 (3)
  • EDUC 241 – Student Teaching Placement: TESOL (2)

Total: 18 credits

As early as possible, interested inclusive adolescence education majors should consult with an education advisor to discuss completion of the TESOL certification courses.

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