Education

Students who are interested in teaching at the childhood level (grades 1-6) may major in Inclusive Childhood Education.
Students who complete this major along with additional New York State requirements may receive initial certification in both general Childhood and Teaching Students with Disabilities, grades 1-6. Students who have an interest in this level of education but do not wish to teach immediately after graduation may minor in Childhood Education. Students who are interested in teaching at the adolescence level (grades 7-12) may minor in Adolescence Education and major in the supporting content area. Students who complete this minor along with the supporting liberal arts major and additional New York State requirements may receive initial certification in grades 7-12.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

Students completing the childhood or adolescence minors alone will have a strong foundation in education but will NOT be eligible for certification. They may, however, use this course work as a basis for graduate school in MAT programs. See the director of elementary and secondary education for further information. All students, including those in the certification program, must declare their education minor no later than the last day of classes of their junior year.

Inclusive Childhood Education Major (Grades 1-6)

Students who major in Inclusive Childhood Education will be able to teach in both general and special education classrooms, grades 1-6, after successfully completing the required courses and student teaching and passing the required New York State certification exams. This major provides a strong base in current, effective pedagogy rooted in field-based methods courses that develop Wells students into reflective, knowledgeable educators.

REQUIRED COURSES

 
Education Core Requirements (54-55 sem. hrs.)

PSY 101 General Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 210 Child Development (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 105 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 215 Issues in Multicultural and English Language Learner Education (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 216 The Inclusive Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 225 Technology in the Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 226 Managing and Motivating Classrooms (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 301 Primary Literacy and Diverse Learners (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 302 Literacy for Diverse Upper Elementary Classrooms (3 sem. hrs.)
    EDUC 301 and 302 must be taken in sequence
EDUC 305 Literacy in the Social Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 307 Teaching Students with Disabilities (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 308 Students with Disabilities Practicum (1 sem hr.)
EDUC 309 Elementary Methods Practicum (1 sem hr.)
EDUC 405 Elementary Methods: Teaching Math and Science (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 408 Student Teaching Reflective Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)
   Taken concurrently with student teaching
EDUC 410 Student Teaching: Preparation and Analysis (12 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (2-3 sem. hrs.)

EDUC 290 Internship in Education (2-3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 390 Internship in Education (2-3 sem. hrs.)

Additional Requirements for Certification
Multi-Subject Core Requirements:

In addition to the Education Core students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours across the liberal arts.  These credit hours may overlap with general college requirements and 6 of these credits may overlap with the chosen minor. The 30 liberal arts credits must address learning in the following areas and be approved by an education faculty advisor:

  • Artistic expression
  • Humanities
  • Concepts in history and social sciences
  • A language other than English
  • Written analysis and expression
  • Scientific and mathematical processes
  • Information retrieval
  • Communication skills

Child Abuse Seminar (0 sem. hrs.) (On-line course—fee required)
Alcohol and Drug Awareness Seminar (0 sem. hrs.)  
Violence Prevention and Intervention Seminar (0 sem. hrs.) (On-line course—fee required)
Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention (0 sem. hrs.) Fingerprinting must be completed and processed prior to student teaching (fee required)
New York State Certification Exams:      

ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test)
EAS (Educating All Students)
CST (Content Specialty Test)

  • Multi-Subject CST
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities 1-6 CST

edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

Childhood Education Minor (Grades 1-6)

Lecturer S. Talbot, Coordinator

The total number of courses required for the minor is 7 (20-21 semester hours). NOTE: Completing the minor alone does not qualify a student for initial certification.

REQUIRED COURSES

 
All of the following (18 sem. hrs.)

EDUC 105 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 215 Issues in Multicultural and English Language Learner Education (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 216 The Inclusive Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 301 Primary Literacy and Diverse Learners (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 302 Literacy for Diverse Upper Elementary Classrooms (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 210 Child Development (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (2-3 sem. hrs.)

EDUC 225 Technology in the Classroom (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 226 Building Classroom Community (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 275 Using Children’s Literature in the Classroom (3 sem. hrs)

Adolescence Education Minor (Grades 7-12)

Lecturer S. Talbot, Coordinator

The total number of courses required for the minor is 7 (20-21 semester hours). NOTE: Completing the minor alone does not qualify a student for initial certification.

REQUIRED COURSES

 
All of the following (18 sem. hrs.)

EDUC 105 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 215 Issues in Multicultural and English Language Learner Education (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 216 The Inclusive Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 331 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 332 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 318 Adolescent Development (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

EDUC 225 Technology in the Classroom (2 sem. hrs)
EDUC 226 Building Classroom Community (3 sem. hrs)

See statement on certification.

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