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2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary/Special Education

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Bachelor of Arts 

The elementary/special education major is a combined program that emphasizes preparation in both areas. The program allows students to approach the field of education at the elementary level with an appreciation of individual differences and with an understanding of ways to meet those differences within the elementary school organization. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for certification as both an elementary education and special education teacher in Rhode Island and states with reciprocal agreements.

Although students may be accepted to the College as elementary/special education majors, this is a provisional acceptance to the program. Formal admission will take place no later than the end of the sophomore year. Minimally, this process will require students to have and maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5, earn a “C” or better in all education classes, attend regular portfolio seminars, participate in a portfolio review process, meet predetermined scores on the SAT or a standardized preprofessional exam, and demonstrate appropriate communication skills.

Students are required to follow a prescribed program that includes integrated course work and four field experiences in local elementary schools. The program culminates with a full semester of student teaching: a minimum of eight weeks with an elementary teacher and a minimum of eight weeks with an elementary special education teacher. The program also includes 18-21 hours of either free or non-departmental electives. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor.

Suggested Sequence


*Students in elementary/special education are required to take at least one semester of a biological science and one semester of an earth/physical science.

**Fulfills social science requirements.

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