Bachelor of Arts
The elementary/special education major is a merged 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 an overall grade point average of at least 2.5, earn a “C” or better in all education classes, meet predetermined scores on the SAT, ACT or a standardized Praxis exam, and demonstrate appropriate professionalism.
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 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. The program also includes 18-21 hours of either free or non-departmental electives. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor.
Please see the Education Programs section of this Catalog for additional information.