Curriculum and Instruction

B.S. Adolescent English Education and Students with Disabilities (SWD) Generalist (Grades 7-12)

The dual certification BS in Adolescent English and Special Education prepares candidates to become knowledgeable, caring, and inspiring English teachers of general education and special education students who are in the 7th through 12th grades. This AAQEP-accredited program prepares a new generation of English teachers to help students with and without disabilities to read, write, and computate. Candidates who successfully complete this bachelor's programs and pass all required NYS teacher certification exams will be eligible for two initial certifications when the BS is awarded. These certifications are Adolescence Education English and Special Education, 7-12 Generalist. In pursuing these two certifications, candidates will examine theories of child development, motivation, and learning for students ranging in age from 7th to 12th grade. They will master the skills needed to encourage students to learn new material and to take responsibility for themselves and one another. As they work toward these degrees, they will gain an understanding and appreciation of English, their major area of study. They will also acquire techniques to assess and evaluate a child's intellectual and social development and learn the basic principles of classroom management for a diverse student population. This undergraduate program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience that will allow candidates to practice their new skills in both general and special education classroom settings.

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
EDI 14 Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundation of Education 3
PSY 98 Psychological Perspectives of Teaching and Learning 3
EDI 19 Culturally Responsive-Sustainable Education 3
EDI 16A Curriculum and Assessment for Preservice Teachers 3
EDI 56 Literacy Acquisition for English Language Learners 3
EDI 17 Psychology and Development of the Adolescent 3
EDS 45 Teaching Students with Disabilities 3
EDI 35 General Methods of Teaching Secondary Education 3
EDS 75A Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Classroom Populations: Grades 5-12 3
EDS 600 Introduction to the Study of the Exceptional Child and Adolescent 3
EDS 630 Curriculum Based Assessment and Instruction of Students with Mild Disabilities 3
EDS 631 Curriculum Based Assessment/Instruction of Severe SWD at the Elementary and Secondary Levels 3
EDI 35B Methods and Materials in Teaching a Specific Subject in Grades 7-12 English 3
EDS 632 Instruction and Classroom Management for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems 3
EDI 38A Supervised Student Teaching in Adolescence Education: Grades 7-12 3
EDS 713 Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar in Special Education 3

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 45
Elective Major Credits 15
Total Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 27-28
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Total Degree Credits 120


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