Education

Students who are interested in teaching at the childhood level (grades 1-6) may major in Inclusive Childhood Education.
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.
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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 current year.

Inclusive Childhood Education Major (Grades 1-6)

REQUIRED COURSES

Education Core Requirements (56 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 Building Classroom Community (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 304 Inclusive Instruction and Assessment (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 307 Teaching Students with Disabilities (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 308 Students with Disabilities Practicum (1 sem. hr.)
EDUC 309 Inclusive Elementary Methods Practicum (1 sem. hr.)
EDUC 350 Elementary Methods: Teaching Social Studies and Science (4 sem. hrs)
EDUC 402 Elementary Methods: Teaching Mathematics (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 408 Student Teaching Reflective Seminar (3 sem. hrs.)
      Taken concurrently with student teaching
EDUC 410 Student Teaching: Preparation and Analysis (12 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (2-4 sem. hrs.):

EDUC 290 Internship in Education (2-4 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 390 Internship in Education (2-4 sem. hrs.)

Additional Requirements for Certification (see below)

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

A Liberal Arts Minor:
Students must minor in one of the following areas of the liberal arts: anthropology, art history, biology, chemistry, economics, English, environmental science, First Nations and indigenous studies, global and international studies, health and medical ethics, history, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, sustainability, or women's and gender studies.

Certification-Related Seminars
New York State teacher certification process requires students to complete the following noncredit workshops, which are taken online for a nominal fee:

EDUC 001 Child Abuse Seminar
EDUC 003 Violence Prevention and Intervention Seminar
EDUC 004 Harassment Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention

In addition, fingerprinting must be completed and processed prior to student teaching (fee required).

New York State Certification Exams:
EAS (Educating All Students)
CST (Content Specialty Test)

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

edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

Education Minor

This minor is for students who are interested in gaining a strong foundation in the field of education. Students may use this course work as a basis for graduate school programs. See the coordinator of education for further information about the minor or about teacher certification.

The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (18 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (12 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 304     Inclusive Instruction and Assessment (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (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)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.):

EDUC 301     Primary Literacy and Diverse Learners (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 331    Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I (3 sem. hrs.)

Education: Adolescence Certification (Grades 7-12)

The adolescence education certification program is open to any qualified Wells College student. Students who choose to obtain their initial teaching certificate in adolescence education must major in the subject area most closely related to the content that they will teach. Certification in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies and Spanish is available.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (53 sem. hrs.):

EDUC 105    Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 215    Issues in Multicultural and ELL Classroom (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 216    The Inclusive Classroom (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 225    Technology in the Classroom (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 226    Building Classroom Community (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 290/390    Education Internship (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 304    Inclusive Instruction and Assessment (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 331    Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I (4 sem. hrs)
EDUC 332    Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 344    Adolescence Methods Practicum I (1 sem. hr)
EDUC 345    Adolescence Methods Practicum II (1 sem. hr)
EDUC 406    Instructional Strategies for Secondary Education (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 408    Student Teaching Reflective Seminar (3 sem. hrs)
EDUC 410    Student Teaching Prep and Analysis (12 sem. hrs)
PSY 101    General Psychology (3 sem. hrs)
PSY 318    Adolescent Development (3 sem. hrs)

Certification-Related Seminars
New York State teacher certification process requires students to complete the following noncredit workshops, which are taken online for a nominal fee:

EDUC 001     Child Abuse Seminar
EDUC 003    Violence Prevention and Intervention Seminar
EDUC 004    Harassment Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention

In addition, fingerprinting must be completed and processed prior to student teaching (fee required).

New York State Certification Exams

EAS (Educating All Students)
CST (Content Specialty Test)
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

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