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2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary/Special Education

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Bachelor of Arts 

The elementary special education major is a merged program that emphasizes preparation in both areas. Throughout this program, elementary special education majors develop an understanding of effective elementary curriculum and pedagogy as well as knowledge of individual differences and strategies to differentiate instruction and implement specialized supports to meet students’ academic and behavioral needs. Upon completion of the program, elementary special Education majors are eligible for certification in both elementary education and special education in Rhode Island and states with reciprocal agreements.

To complete the elementary special education major in four years students must declare the major during their freshman year.

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 during the sophomore year. Minimally, this process requires students to have and maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.5; earn a “C” or better in all education classes; earn a B- or better in EDU 231L; meet Rhode Island Department of Education required scores on the SAT, ACT, or a standardized Praxis exam; and demonstrate appropriate professionalism. Unsuccessful applicants will be required to select a different major.

Students are required to follow a prescribed program that includes integrated course work and multiple field experiences in local elementary schools, many of which are in diverse settings. Elementary special education majors complete their first field experience at Providence after-school programs during one of their first three semesters at the College.The program culminates with two semesters of student teaching: a minimum of 12 weeks with an elementary teacher and a minimum of 12 weeks with an elementary special education teacher.

Education study abroad semester is available in the fall of the junior year.

Please see the Education Programs section of this Catalog for important admission information.

Required Courses

Academic programs vary in their requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the new Core Curriculum, which takes effect with the Class of 2016, is available at http://www.providence.edu/academic-affairs/core-curriculum.

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