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 - Rock 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

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

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.
  • Students must complete 50% of credits required for the Major from a PASSHE university.

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements98

* 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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 210Elementary Mathematics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Subtotal15
Additional Rock Studies Requirements (12 credits)
MATH 310Elementary Mathematics II 23
PE 243Educational Movement in Health & Wellness 23
SPED 121Overview of Special Education 23
Select one of the following:3
Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America to 1830
Latin America Since 1830
Latin American Politics and Development
Total Hours42

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

  • 49 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 49 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
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 222Introduction to Special Education Law3
SPED 230Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities 1,23
SPED 245Technology in Special Education3
Subtotal24
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
All previously listed coursework must be completed prior to Student Teaching
ELEC 455Student Teaching: Early Childhood 1,2,36
SPED 440Seminar in Special Education1
SPED 455Student Teaching - Special Education 1,26
Other: Must complete 1 spring break, care break, or early field experience in an international setting
Subtotal13
Total Hours98

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-Faculty research and Student Leadership development
  4. Career Education and Development
  5. Internships/Field Experiences
  6. Student teaching (required)

Important Information

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy

  • Minimum grade of "C" required.
Basic Courses
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
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
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 (PK-12) 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
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SPED 222Introduction to Special Education Law3
SPED 230Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 245Technology in Special Education3
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

Early Childhood Education PK-4 - BSED (1189)
Concentration in International (INTE)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 11.19.20
UCC 10.27.20

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

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
ELEC 100 Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
PHYS 101 Concepts of Science I with Lab 3
SPED 121 Overview of Special Education 3
{SUBJ 139}University Seminar  
Rock Studies Requirements 3
 Hours16
Spring
ELEC 200 Child Development Typical 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 210 Elementary Mathematics I 3
SPED 222 Introduction to Special Education Law 3
Rock Studies Requirements 3
Rock Studies Requirements 3
 Hours18
Second Year
Fall
Diversity Block  
Civil Discourse - Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
ELEC 230 Field-Based Child Development Typical 2 3
ELEC 237 ELL Strategies and Practice for Early Childhood Education 2 3
ELEC 281 Family and Community Diversity and Partnerships 2 3
MATH 310 Elementary Mathematics II 3
SPED 230 Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 1  
 Hours18
Spring
Early Literacy Block  
ELEC 238 Literacy Practices for the Emergent Learner, PK-1 2 3
ELEC 285 Integrating Creative Expression through the Arts 2 3
PE 243
Educational Movement in Health & Wellness
or Creative Dance for Children
3
SPED 245 Technology in Special Education 3
Rock Studies Requirements 2-3
Rock Studies Requirements 3
 Hours17-18
Third Year
Fall
Block I  
ELEC 311 Mathematics & Literacy Teaching Lab Pre K - 4 1
ELEC 316 Developmental Formal and Informal Assessments 3
ELEC 330 Literacy Practices for the Developing Learner, Grades 2 - 4 3
ELEC 340 Mathematics Methods and Strategies for PRE K - 4 Teachers 3
ELEC 405 Overview of Global Education & Issues 3
SPED 350 Universal Intervention 3
Rock Studies Requirements 3
Rock Studies Requirements 3
 Hours22
Spring
Block II  
ELEC 420 Early Childhood Field Experience 3
ELEC 460 Instructional Strategies for Science and Technology 3
ELEC 470 Social Studies & Citizenship 3
ELEC 480 Assessment for Differentiation of Literacy Instruction 2,5 3
SPED 360 Targeted Instructional and Behavioral Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners 3
Rock Studies Requirements 3
 Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
SPED ProSem  
SPED 435 Processes and Procedures in Special Education 3
SPED 436 Intensive Mathematics Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners 3
SPED 431 Intense Behavioral and Emotional Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners 3
SPED 432 Intensive ELA Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners 3
SPED 433 Assessment Strategies in Special Education 3
SPED 434 Professional Collaboration and Ethical Practices 3
Rock Studies Requirements 3
 Hours21
Spring
Student Teaching  
ELEC 455 Student Teaching: Early Childhood 6
SPED 455 Student Teaching - Special Education (Ireland/Mexico) 6
SPED 440 Seminar in Special Education 1
 Hours13
 Total Hours**143-144

**Must complete 1 spring break, care break**, or early field experience in an international setting.

Major Code: 1189
Concentration: INTE
Revised date: 11.19.20

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.