Dual Certification Program: Teachers of Childhood Special Education and Childhood Education
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited
Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.
Undergraduate majors in exceptional education study within a cross-categorical program focusing on the education of students who have a variety of regular and special instructional needs. Included are students in disability groups traditionally associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical/neurological disabilities, and learning and behavioral difficulties.
Graduates of the program typically obtain positions as teachers in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, self-contained classrooms, special schools, residential facilities, or as consultant teachers in general education settings. Students who pursue initial certification in both childhood special education and childhood education are particularly well qualified to work with students with special needs in integrated education settings. Students in exceptional education complete coursework in elementary education and special education to be recommended for initial certifications as a teacher of childhood education (grades 1–6) and childhood special education (grades 1-6) in New York State.
Candidates for initial certification who successfully complete the program will be recommended for initial certification. To obtain New York State teacher certification, all candidates who successfully complete the program will be required to pass all New York State Teacher Certification Examinations for Special Education and for their developmental area (Early Childhood, Childhood, Generalist 7-12).
Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for “Admission to Teacher Education Programs” found on in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admission criteria should consult with the department. Entering freshmen who express an interest in exceptional education on their applications to Buffalo State who meet the required admissions criteria for teacher education programs will be accepted into exceptional education (0299). Candidates who do not yet meet the minimum criteria may be accepted into the premajor (0301). They may apply for the full major after (1) successfully completing 12 credit hours at Buffalo State, and (2) earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Transfer students from other colleges or Buffalo State students who wish to transfer from another major, will be directly accepted into the exceptional education program if they meet all minimum criteria for teacher education programs. Candidates who do not meet all of the minimum criteria may be accepted as exceptional education premajors (0301) if they have not completed 60 or more credit hours. They may apply for the full major (0299) after (1) successfully completing 12 credit hours at Buffalo State; and (2) earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Buffalo State students who are undeclared or wishing to change to an exceptional education major from another major will be accepted directly into the program (0299) if they meet all of the minimum criteria for teacher education programs. Candidates who do not meet all of the minimum criteria may be accepted as exceptional education premajors (0301) if they have not completed 60 or more credit hours. They may apply for the full major (0299) after (1) successfully completing 12 credit hours at Buffalo State; and (2) earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements 30 cr*
Total Required Credit Hours for Concentration 21-30 cr**
(A concentration can be in one of the following subjects: English, French, Italian, math, science, social studies, or Spanish.)
Distribution Courses beyond IF 9 cr
Total Required Credit Hours for the Exceptional Education Major 65 cr
SPF 202 Child Development and Education
SPF 203 School and Society
SPF 302 Educational Psychology: Elementary Education
EDU 211 Introduction to Literacy
EDU 310 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDU 311 Teaching Reading and Language Arts (6)
EDU 312 Teaching Math and Science (6)
EDU 404 Practicum in Elementary School Teaching (6)
EXE 100 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs
EXE 360 Foundations of Teaching Individuals with Disabilities
EXE 361 Field Experience in Teaching Individuals with Disabilities (1)
EXE 362 Behavior and Classroom Management
EXE 363 Field Experience in Behavior Management (1)
EXE 364 Educating Students with Severe Disabilities
EXE 365 Evaluation and Assessment in Special Education
EXE 366 Field Experience Evaluation and Assessment in Special Education (1)
EXE 367 Curriculum for Children with Mild Disabilities
EXE 368 Field Experience Curriculum for Children with Mild Disabilities (2)
EXE 375 Integration of Technology in Education
EXE 420 Practicum in Special Education (6)
Total Required Credit Hours 120-126 cr
*Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Humanities/English, Natural Science, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major, distribution, and concentration which could significantly reduce the total number of credit hours required. Advisement is strongly encouraged.
**Some concentration courses may overlap general education (IF 14) courses. Advisement is strongly encouraged.