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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Elementary/Special Education, B.S.

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The dual Early Elementary/Special Education major is designed to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of the individual differences that exist in today’s special and general educational settings.  In an era of increasing diversity and inclusionary practices, it is imperative that prospective teachers gain knowledge and skill about students with special needs and English Language Learners so that, as teachers, they can promote a highly effective instructional environment.  This degree prepares students for professional teacher certification in both general education (PreK-grade 4) and special education (PreK-grade 12). Students may add on licensure in regular education grades 5 and 6.

Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Early Elementary/Special Education must complete a minimum of 128 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete the General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to student teach and to obtain Pennsylvania teaching certification.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103  will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105  for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.  However, all Education majors are required to take courses found in the Transformation: Children, Families, and Development Across the Lifespan as part of their teaching certification requirements.  For Early Elementary/Special Education majors these include PSY 223  or PSY 221 , SPE 200 , SPE 270 , and a course that is required in the major (EDU 225 ).

In addition, students majoring in Early Elementary/Special Education must achieve a grade of 3.0 or higher in each of the following six courses - FCO 105 , EDU 260 , MAT 115 , MAT 150 , ECH 201 , and ECH 220  - and demonstrate satisfactory progress on identified professional and personal dispositions.  Moreover, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved in order to student teach. Students seeking certification in Early Elementary/Special Education will be required to have a minimum of 190 hours of Field Experience prior to the Professional Semester and meet specific Certification Requirements as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

General Education Requirement

First Year Seminar

Foundations Requirements

Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement

Constellation Requirement

The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four 3-credit courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. All Education majors, including transfer students, are required to declare the Transformation: Children, the Family, and Development across the Lifespan constellation as part of their General Education requirements. 

Required Major Courses:

A grade of 2.0 is required in all the courses listed below.

Education Elective (1 credit)

Select one credit of electives from ECH, EDU, or SPE.

Professional Semester

Students are required to have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 before admittance into the Professional Semester.

Early Elementary Education/Special Education Suggested Course Sequence:

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

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