Welcome to Inclusive Elementary and Special Education!
We strongly recommend that you read this guide before completing your First Term Enrollment Selections (FTES):
Below are instructions for each page of your FTES form:
Please read the information below before selecting your concentration on page one of your FTES form.
The majority of your classes in the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education program will be in education because you will be working toward earning teaching certification in elementary and elementary special education. In addition, all students must take 60 credits or more in liberal arts (not professional) areas. These include two things: distribution requirements and liberal arts concentration.
Students who are prospective teachers need a broad base of knowledge. Teaching requires knowledge of the content to be taught, critical judgment in a number of areas, good writing skills, and so forth. The distribution requirements that ALL students in the program must take are 42 credits (14 courses):
These Distribution Requirements overlap with your Concentration.
You will be able to choose your concentration based on your own personal interest. The NY State Education Department requires that students have a concentration in content from the College of Arts and Sciences. For this you will go deeper into one liberal arts area by completing at least 30 credits (usually 10 courses). As part of the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education program, you will choose one of the following concentrations:
This concentration allows students to study from several humanities areas. The humanities are about humans: their nature, values, thoughts, literature, cultural expressions, and achievements.
Total Inclusive Program credits typically required if this area is chosen: 133 plus any needed language credits.
This concentration typically requires that the student be ready for calculus in his or her first semester of college study.
Total Inclusive Program credits required if this area is chosen, and MAT 295 is the first course taken: 142, plus any needed language credits.
Total Inclusive Program credits required if this area is chosen: 133-136, plus any needed language credits.
This concentration allows students to study from several social science areas. The social sciences study humans, groups, societal institutions, social dimensions of the world, and use specific research methods to do so.
Total Inclusive Program credits typically required if this area is chosen: 133–136 plus any needed language credits.
Having a minor is optional. Some students consider completing a minor in one of the disciplines as part of their concentration. If you are considering trying to complete an optional minor in one of the areas as part of your concentration, please contact your academic advisor, to discuss if it is possible, and how it might impact on your first term course selections. With careful planning, some students have been able to include an 18 credit minor in one liberal arts area within their 30-credit concentration. For example, students who want a minor in English and Textual Studies, Philosophy, Jewish Education, Spanish (extra courses may be required), etc. would choose the Human Thought and Expression concentration. Students who want a minor in sociology, history, political science, disability studies, etc. would choose a People, Places and Societies concentration.
We certainly recommend it! Although study abroad is not required, our goal is to facilitate it during your time at Syracuse. The Inclusive Program restricts study abroad to certain semesters (typically in the junior year). In addition to full semester abroad experiences, we offer shorter 1-6 week programs that typically take place over breaks or in the summer.
We offer this exciting opportunity – only to students in the Inclusive Programs. You can apply to student teach during your senior year in our Bridge to the City program. This fantastic and unique experience involves living and student teaching in NYC. Additionally, students are able to both study abroad and participate in the Bridge to the City program. Be sure to let your advisor know about your interest in this opportunity during your planning session in your first semester.
If summer courses are necessary, you have the option to take them at SU, at a college convenient to your home, or online. Some incoming freshmen have even chosen to take some the summer before their freshman year!