Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Early Childhood Education (PK-4)/Special Education (PK-12), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) - Concentration in International Education - Liberal Studies

Students who elect to complete Early Childhood Ed (PK-4)/Special Education (PK-12) - International Education will choose from already established liberal studies courses that focus on international and global perspectives. They will also complete a care break, spring break trip, or field experience in an international setting. The capstone will be the completion of an international student teaching experience.

All candidates completing this program and student teaching are eligible to receive Pennsylvania certification after achieving a passing or qualifying score on Pennsylvania Department of Education required exam(s). If you are interested in teaching in another state, please contact the Department of Education in that state.

The mission of the International track is to equip, inspire and empower teacher candidates by providing them opportunities to develop their personal and professional global awareness; to deepen their understanding of culturally responsive teaching and to experience international teaching in order to be prepared for teaching in the 21st century.

Related Links

Early Childhood Education (PK-4)/Special Education (PK-12) - International Education, BSED Program Page

Special Education Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

  • GPA must be 2.8 or higher for Teacher Candidacy.
  • A 3.0 GPA and passing subject area assessment (PECT) or A 2.8 GPA and a qualifying passing subject area assessment (PECT) score (as determined by PDE) is required for certification.

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements95

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
ART 226Overview of World Art3
Global Community – Non U.S.
Select two of the following (a modern language course is required):6
MODL
Any Modern Language (Required)
World Regional Geography
Contemporary World History
Human Diversity
Human Diversity
Global Community – U.S. and Modern Language
Goal - US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal3
Science, Technology & Math
Goal - Sci 13
PHYS 101Concepts of Science I with Lab3
MATH 210Elementary Mathematics I3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Select one of the following:3
International Health
Wellness through Movement
American Education in the Twenty-First Century: A Comparative Perspective
Subtotal36
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment areas:9
The Arts
World Literature
Exploring World Music
Global Community
Select one of the following:
Overview of Global Education & Issues
Intercultural Communication
Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America to 1830
Latin America Since 1830
Latin American Politics and Development
Global Sport Management
Science, Technology & Math
Elementary Mathematics II
Subtotal9
Total Hours45

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 48 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 48 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Students must complete 50% of credits required for the Major from a PASSHE university.
Early Childhood Education Courses
ELEC 100Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice 1,23
ELEC 200Child Development Typical 1,23
ELEC 405Overview of Global Education & Issues 1,23
PE 243Educational Movement in Health & Wellness 13
or DANC 223 Creative Dance for Children
SPED 121Overview of Special Education 1,23
SPED 122Low Incidence Disabilities 1,23
SPED 230Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities 1,23
Subtotal21
Diversity Block
ELEC 230Field-Based Child Development Typical 1,23
ELEC 237ELL Strategies and Practice for Early Childhood Education 1,23
ELEC 281Family and Community Diversity and Partnerships 1,23
Subtotal9
Early Literacy Block
ELEC 238Literacy Practices for the Emergent Learner, PK-1 1,23
ELEC 285Integrating Creative Expression through the Arts 1,23
Subtotal6
Early Childhood Major Courses
Must be admitted to College of Education and complete both Diversity and Literacy Blocks.
Block 1
ELEC 311Mathematics & Literacy Teaching Lab Pre K - 4 1,21
ELEC 316Developmental Formal and Informal Assessments 1,23
ELEC 330Literacy Practices for the Developing Learner, Grades 2 - 4 1,23
ELEC 340Mathematics Methods and Strategies for PRE K - 4 Teachers 1,23
SPED 350Universal Intervention3
Subtotal13
Block 2
Must complete Block 1 first
ELEC 420Early Childhood Field Experience 1,23
ELEC 460Instructional Strategies for Science and Technology 1,23
ELEC 470Social Studies & Citizenship 1,23
ELEC 480Assessment for Differentiation of Literacy Instruction 1,23
SPED 360Targeted Instructional and Behavioral Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
Subtotal15
Block 3
Must complete blocks 1 and 2 first
SPED 431Intense Behavioral and Emotional Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners 1,23
SPED 432Intensive ELA Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners 1,23
SPED 433Assessment Strategies in Special Education 1,23
SPED 434Professional Collaboration and Ethical Practices 1,23
SPED 435Processes and Procedures in Special Education3
SPED 436Intensive Mathematics Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
Subtotal18
Student Teaching
ELEC 455Student Teaching: Early Childhood 1,2,36
SPED 440Seminar in Special Education1
SPED 455Student Teaching - Special Education 1,26
OtherMust complete 1 spring break, care break, or early field experience in an international setting
Subtotal13
Total Hours95

Important Information

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy

Basic Courses
Minimum grade of "C" required
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
ELEC 100Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice3
ELEC 200Child Development Typical3
ELEC 230Field-Based Child Development Typical3
Math Requirement for BS in Education
Prior to Admission to Teacher Candidacy. Minimum grade of "D" required.
MATH 210Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 310Elementary Mathematics II3
Total Hours24

BSED Early Childhood (PK-4)/Special Education (K-8) Grade Requirements

Grades in each of the following courses must be “C” or better to qualify for Student Teaching and/or Graduation

ELEC 100Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice3
ELEC 200Child Development Typical3
ELEC 230Field-Based Child Development Typical3
ELEC 237ELL Strategies and Practice for Early Childhood Education3
ELEC 238Literacy Practices for the Emergent Learner, PK-13
ELEC 281Family and Community Diversity and Partnerships3
ELEC 285Integrating Creative Expression through the Arts3
ELEC 311Mathematics & Literacy Teaching Lab Pre K - 41
ELEC 316Developmental Formal and Informal Assessments3
ELEC 330Literacy Practices for the Developing Learner, Grades 2 - 43
ELEC 340Mathematics Methods and Strategies for PRE K - 4 Teachers3
ELEC 405Overview of Global Education & Issues3
ELEC 420Early Childhood Field Experience3
ELEC 455Student Teaching: Early Childhood12
ELEC 460Instructional Strategies for Science and Technology3
ELEC 470Social Studies & Citizenship3
ELEC 480Assessment for Differentiation of Literacy Instruction3
PE 243Educational Movement in Health & Wellness3
or DANC 223 Creative Dance for Children
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SPED 122Low Incidence Disabilities3
SPED 230Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 350Universal Intervention3
SPED 360Targeted Instructional and Behavioral Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 431Intense Behavioral and Emotional Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 432Intensive ELA Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 433Assessment Strategies in Special Education3
SPED 434Professional Collaboration and Ethical Practices3
SPED 435Processes and Procedures in Special Education3
SPED 436Intensive Mathematics Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 440Seminar in Special Education1
SPED 455Student Teaching - Special Education3-12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PK-4 Certification - BSED (1189)
Concentration in International (INTE)
This program is effective as of Summer 2018.
Revised 08.07.20
UCC 02.04.20