Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary & Special Education

The elementary education undergraduate degree is registered in New York and accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in elementary/children with disabilities education. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our 
Course Descriptions page lists all education courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study, below.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Elementary & Special Education 58
     EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching
     EDUC 210. Human Development and Learning
     EDUC 220. Basic Instructional Design
     EDUC 220L. Basic Instructional Design Lab
     EDUC 305. Music, Art and Physical Education in the Elementary School 
     SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education
     SPED 340. Classroom and Behavioral Management 
     SPED 440. Curriculum Adaptation and Instruction for Special Needs Students
     SPED 430. Assessment and Assistive Technology for Children with Exceptionalities
     SPED 450. Advanced Teaching Methods for Students with Disabilities
     SPED 460. Communication and Collaboration Skills for Educators 


Field Block 1
 
     EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction 
     EDUC 310. Methods for Teaching Elem. Social Studies and Language Arts
     EDUC 312. Developmental Reading 

 Field Bock 2 
     EDUC 401. Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading 
     EDUC 425. Organization and Assessment for Elementary Classrooms 
     EDUC 430. Methods for Teaching Elementary Science, Math and Technology 

 Student Teaching: Two 7-week placements. 
     EDUC 490. Elementary Student Teaching: Primary
     ED/SPED Elementary Student Teaching: Intermediate/Students with Disabilities

     OR

     ED/SPED 490. Elementary Student Teaching: Primary/Students with Disabilities
     EDUC 491. Elementary Student Teaching: Intermediate

3
3
3
0
3
3
3
3
3
3
3


3
3
3


3
3
3


5
5



5
5
   
 Academic Concentration - choose one area 14-17 
 Choose either English or Math/Science/Technology or Social Studies. 
 See Academic Concentration, below, for the courses for each concentration.
 
   
 Certification Requirements  12
     MATH 111. Mathematics for Elementary Education I
     MATH 112. Mathematics for Elementary Education II 
     HIST 201. United States History to 1865 or
     HIST 202. United States History Since 1865 
     Natural Science Course
3
3
3
3
       3       
   
 Foreign Language
 6
   
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) † 36 
 CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
 CLAR 110. Composition & Critical Thinking I
 CLAR 111. Composition & Critical Thinking II
 Core Area Courses:
      CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
      CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
      CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts in the Western World
      CLAR 207. The Catholic Franciscan Heritage
      CLAR 208. World Views
      CLAR 209. Arts and Literature
      CLAR 302. & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
      CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
 4 
3
2
   
 First Year Experience
1
      UNIV 101. Skills for the Good Journey  1
   
 TOTAL  127
† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Childhood studies majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the mathematics courses listed in the above table under Certification Requirements.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Leading to Dual Certification in
NY: Childhood Education, 1-6/Students with Disabilities 1-6

This sequence illustrates how requirements can be met in a four-year program. Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable, but these must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. Click on any linked course to see its full title and description. A list of all education courses is found on our Course Descriptions page. 

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111
  3
MATH 111 3 MATH 112   3
CLAR 101 or HIST 201 3 CLAR 101 or HIST 202   3
Foreign Language 3 Foreign Language   3
EDUC 201 or SPED 230
3 EDUC 201 or SPED 230
  3
UNIV 101   1 Concentration Elective   3
Total 16 Total
18
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
EDUC 210 3 Core Area Course
  3
Core Area Course
3 CLAR 302 & CLRL 302
  4
Core Area Course 3 Core Area Course   3
Natural Science Course 3 Concentration Elective 3
Concentration Elective 3 Concentration Elective

3
Total 15 Total
16
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
EDUC 220 & EDUC 220L 3 FIELD BLOCK 1  
SPED 440 3    EDUC 304   3
Core Area Course 3    EDUC 310   3
Core Area Course 3    EDUC 312   3
Concentration Elective 6 SPED 340   3
Concentration Elective (if needed) 3 EDUC 305
  3
Total 15-18 Total
  15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester    Credits 
FIELD BLOCK 2 3 STUDENT TEACHING   
   EDUC 401 3 ED/SPED 490
  5
   EDUC 425 3 EDUC 491   5
   EDUC 430 3 SPED 460   3
SPED 430 3 EDUC 099D   0
SPED 450 3

CLAR 401 2      
Total
17
Total
  13

NOTES:
 1.) Field Block courses must be taken together in the same semester. 2.) Field Blocks 1 and 2 must be completed prior to student teaching. 3.) No additional courses may be taken during student teaching semester.

Academic Concentration

Choose one concentration from among English, Math/Science/Technology (MST), and Social Studies. Within the concentration, take 30 credits of courses, as indicated below. Note that the courses include several of the requirements listed in the table above.

  • English
    • CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I  
    • CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II 
    • CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey 
    • CLAR 208. World Views 
    • CLAR 209. Arts and Literature 
    • English electives: 15 credits.
  • Math/Science/Technology
    • MATH 111. Mathematics for Elementary Education I 
    • MATH 112. Mathematics for Elementary Education II 
    • MATH 211. Geometry for Elementary Education (recommended)
    • CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World 
    • Math/Science/Technology electives: 17 credits.
  • Social Studies
    • Either HIST 201. United States History to 1865 or 
      HIST 202. United States History Since 1865 
    • CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World 
    • CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World 
    • CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World 
    • CLAR 208. World Views 
    • Social Studies electives: 15 credits.

Contact Information

For more information on the degree in elementary education/children with disabilities (special education), please contact Dr. Nancy Casey, Chair 
(716) 375-2141 
ncasey@sbu.edu 

If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at 1 (800) 462-5050 for undergraduate admission materials.