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Foundations and Social Advocacy

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As an inclusive special education major, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and experiences to teach children who have disabilities in grade 1-6 classrooms. The program draws on best practices to prepare teachers for all school environments with an emphasis on urban schools.

Student teaching and fieldwork provide real-world experience that brings classroom learning to life. Through our program, you’ll develop habits for lifelong learning, collaborate with professionals and families in high-need communities and promote equity and excellence.

The department also offers courses in multicultural and urban education, the role of gender in schooling, and the relationship between schools and society.

Demand for good teachers is high in this critically important field, and Cortland has a stellar reputation for preparing great teachers.

Faculty Profile


Brian Barrett

We want to challenge teachers’ perceptions of students, to shape the lens they see students through.

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SASC Journal


Social Advocacy and Systems Change (SASC) is a web-based, interdisciplinary social justice journal.

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Graduate Student Profile

Profile:Brittany DeBlasio

Brittany DeBlasio

A desire to help a wide range of students from birth-grade 6 lead Brittany DeBlasio to Cortland for her undergraduate degree in early childhood and childhood education. But she also chose the College because the first time she walked onto the campus, she knew it was the place for her.

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