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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:Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley says he enjoys that his graduate studies involve extensive reading and are more seminar-based. He has used this model in his student teaching because it holds students to a higher standard. "They are responsible for doing the reading and being prepared to discuss what they read in class."

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