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Inclusive Special Education (1-6) [ISE_PSYX] (Major)

The Foundations and Social Advocacy Department offers the inclusive special education major which prepares students to have certification in teaching children with disabilities in grades one through six.

Career Potential

  • Special education teacher, Grades 1-6
  • Inclusive curriculum specialist
  • Inclusion consultant
  • Developmental disabilities provider/caregiver

A. College-wide and General Education Courses

More detailed information regarding the General Education requirement is available from the department.

  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
GE 1: Quantitative Skills
  • MAT 101 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics I (3 cr. hr.) and
  • MAT 102 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics II (3 cr. hr.)
GE 2: Natural Sciences
  • Any combination of the Natural Sciences, although SCI 141 and SCI 142 are recommended
GE 3: Social Sciences
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
GE 4: United States History and Society
  • HIS 200 - The United States to 1877 (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HIS 201 - The United States Since 1877 (3 cr. hr.)
GE 5: Western Civilization
  • HIS 110 - Western Civilization to 1500 (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HIS 111 - Western Civilization since 1500 (3 cr. hr.)
GE 6: Contrasting Cultures
  • ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 120 - Cultural Geography (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 125 - Human Geography and Global Development (3 cr. hr.)
GE 7: The Humanities
  • ENG 200 - Introduction to Literature (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ENG 202 - Introduction to Fiction (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ENG 203 - Introduction to Poetry (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ENG 204 - Introduction to Drama (3 cr. hr.)
GE 8: The Arts

Any GE 8 course

GE 9: Foreign Language
  • Program Requirement: foreign language through the 102 level (six credit hours)
  • American Sign Language (ASL) is recommended
GE 10: Basic Communication
  • Select either CPN 100 or 102 and CPN 101 or 103.
  • Additionally select one course fulfilling the Presentation Skills Requirement, FSA 101 is recommended.
GE 11: Prejudice and Discrimination
  • FSA 103 - Gender, Race and Class Issues in Education (3 cr. hr.)
GE 12: Science, Technology, Values and Society

Any GE 12 course

GE 13: Natural Science - Second Science Requirement

Any combination of the Natural Sciences, although SCI 141 and SCI 142 are recommended

B. Content Core: 24 credit hours
  • HLH 265 - Health and the Child (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 101 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 102 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics II (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 231 - Child Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
The following also fulfills requirements for the minor
  • PSY 432 - Psychology of Learning Disabilities (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 433 - Behavior Disorders in Educational Settings (3 cr. hr.)
  • SHH 270 - Introduction to Communication Disorders (3 cr. hr.)
C. Inclusive Special Education Requirements: 31 credit hours
  • FSA 101 - Introduction to Urban Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 103 - Gender, Race and Class Issues in Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 210 - Principles of Inclusive Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 211 - Inclusive Education Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 345 - Assistive and Adaptive Technology (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 380 - Perspectives on Disabilities: The Child, Family and Community (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 381 - Perspectives Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 410 - Inclusive Education Pedagogy (4 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 420 - Inclusive Education Field Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 436 - Assessment and Instruction of Learners with Special Needs (4 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 310 - Literacy in a Multicultural, Urban School (3 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 311 - Literacy Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
D. Minor in Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities: 21 credit hours

Completion of the Minor in Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities, including the following courses:

  • PSY 231 - Child Psychology (3 cr. hr.) (fulfilled in B)
  • PSY 331 - Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 360 - Applied Behavior Analysis I (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 432 - Psychology of Learning Disabilities (3 cr. hr.) included as part of the content core
  • PSY 433 - Behavior Disorders in Educational Settings (3 cr. hr.) included as part of the content core
  • SHH 270 - Introduction to Communication Disorders (3 cr. hr.) included as part of the content core
E. Application and Reflection on Teaching: 16 credit hours

To be eligible for student teaching, a student must be in good academic standing, have no incompletes, complete all prerequisite education courses, have an overall grade point average of 2.7 or better, have completed at least two-thirds of the course work in the minor, and have no grade lower than a C in required education and special education courses. Students must be eligible at the time of application, and if ineligible must reapply when eligibility is achieved.

  • FSA 400 - Foundations of Education: The School in American Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 490 - Student Teaching I (6 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 491 - Student Teaching II (6 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 492 - Seminar in Student Teaching (1 cr. hr.)
F. Free Elective Courses: Four credit hours
Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation : 124-126

Example of the B.S. in Inclusive Special Education with a minor in Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities
First Year Total credit hours: 31-33
Fall
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.) (ISEW)
  • FSA 103 - Gender, Race and Class Issues in Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 101 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics I (3 cr. hr.)
Select either:
  • ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 120 - Cultural Geography (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 125 - Human Geography and Global Development (3 cr. hr.) or
  • SHH 270 - Introduction to Communication Disorders (3 cr. hr.)
Spring
  • Foreign language - 102 level
  • GE course
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 110 - Western Civilization to 1500 (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HIS 111 - Western Civilization since 1500 (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 101 - Introduction to Urban Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 102 - Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics II (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year Total credit hours: 32

Fall

  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Foreign language - 101 level
  • FSA 210 - Principles of Inclusive Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 211 - Inclusive Education Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 231 - Child Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Spring
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Foreign language - 102 level
  • PSY 331 - Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year Total credit hours: 34

Students planning to student teach in Australia must meet with their academic advisor to develop an alternate third and fourth year plan.

Fall
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Three workshops:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
  • ENG 200 - Introduction to Literature (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ENG 202 - Introduction to Fiction (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ENG 203 - Introduction to Poetry (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ENG 204 - Introduction to Drama (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 380 - Perspectives on Disabilities: The Child, Family and Community (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 381 - Perspectives Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 265 - Health and the Child (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 360 - Applied Behavior Analysis I (3 cr. hr.)
Spring
  • Elective (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course
  • FSA 345 - Assistive and Adaptive Technology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 432 - Psychology of Learning Disabilities (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 433 - Behavior Disorders in Educational Settings (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 400 - Foundations of Education: The School in American Society (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year Total credit hours: 28

Fall

  • FSA 410 - Inclusive Education Pedagogy (4 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 420 - Inclusive Education Field Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 436 - Assessment and Instruction of Learners with Special Needs (4 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 310 - Literacy in a Multicultural, Urban School (3 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 311 - Literacy Field Experience (1 cr. hr.)
Spring
  • FSA 490 - Student Teaching I (6 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 491 - Student Teaching II (6 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 492 - Seminar in Student Teaching (1 cr. hr.)