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 a number of other states.
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 2.75; earn a “C” or better in all education classes; meet Rhode Island Department of Education required scores on the SAT, ACT, or Praxis Core exam; and demonstrate appropriate professionalism.
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.