Course of Study (* includes field experience) 30-43 credits

  • EDU 606 - Understanding Learning and Teaching * (4 credits)
  • RED 625 - Literacy Across the Curriculum * (4 credits)
  • DSP 614 - Critical Issues in Dis/Ability and Inclusion (3 credits)
  • SPE 612 - Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs (3 credits)
  • SPE 665 - Positive Behavioral Supports in Secondary Schools (3 credits) OR
    EDU 664 - Creating Safe and Peaceful Schools (3 credits)
  • SPE 634 - Collaboration/Cooperation in Schools (3 credits)
  • SPE 615 - Seminar in Teaching (1 credit, fall semester)
  • EDU 508 - Student Teaching * (3 credits, fall semester)
  • SPE 724 - Inclusive Professional Practices in Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPE 644 - Significant Disabilities: Shifts in Paradigms and Practices (3 credits)
  • SPE 615 - Seminar in Teaching (1 credit, spring semester)
  • EDU 508 - Student Teaching * (3 credits, spring semester)
  • SPE 705 - Psychoeducational Evaluation and Planning for Exceptional Children * (3 credits)
  • SPE 652 - Assistive Technologies for Integrating Students with Special Needs (3 credits) OR
    SPE 618 - Augmentation of Communication in the Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)
  • RED 621 - Literacy Intervention for Special Educators K - 12 (3 credits)
  • EED 640 - Safe and Healthy Learning Environments (0 credits)

Coursework is supplemented with field experiences which give you an opportunity to use newlyacquired skills directly in the classroom environment. Many classes start after 4pm or later to accommodate part-time students’ work schedules.

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

Professional Portfolio

In addition to successful completion of above coursework and fieldwork experiences, students create Professional Teaching/Learning Portfolio. This portfolio may also be useful in presenting yourself for future employment or promotion.

Your portfolio will include a set of annotated artifacts that illustrate key principles of your teaching philosophy and beliefs about inclusive special education, curricular development, adaptations, and planning; provide concrete evidence of your use of instructional and assessment approaches to enact those principles in inclusive classrooms; and demonstrate the your learning and growth resulting from the teaching experience.

Liberal Arts Course requirements

The requirements of this program include several undergraduate distribution courses. 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. 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-credits at the upper division level is required. 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

  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Mathematics (2 courses)
  • Natual Science with Laboratory
  • Other Natural Science
  • Artistic Expression
  • History
  • Social Science other than history
  • Language other than English including American Sign Language (Completion of high school Level 3 or higher may be substituted.)

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