Bachelor's Degree in Inclusive Elementary Education

Inclusive Elementary Education

The Inclusive Elementary Education program leads toward New York State initial teacher certification in Childhood Education, Grades 1 to 6, and in Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grades 1 to 6. This Bachelor of Science degree program contains core liberal arts and sciences courses, professional courses, and multiple opportunities for supervised field experiences, culminating in student teaching in inclusive primary and intermediate classrooms with diverse student populations, especially those in high-need urban school settings.

Graduates of Cazenovia College’s Inclusive Elementary Education Program meet the following TEAC claims:
  • Claim #1: Graduates learn and understand subject matter knowledge they will be responsible for teaching.
  • Claim #2: Graduates understand and apply effective pedagogy for diverse learners in various settings.
  • Claim #3: Graduates reflect critically on their practice and professional responsibilities.

Student Learning Goals:
• To prepare students to understand and integrate knowledge of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development, with understandings of disabilities and multi-culturalism, and to constructively assess and evaluate student needs, abilities, and developmental and academic progress;
• To prepare students to teach appropriate elementary content in accordance with the pertinent Common Core Learning Standards for New York State, and to develop and implement a literature-based, standards-based, interdisciplinary elementary curriculum;
• To prepare students to effectively use a variety of teaching strategies and methodologies, and to incorporate the use of a variety of technologies into their instructional repertoires; and
• To prepare students to work collaboratively with fellow students and other stakeholders and to act ethically and responsibly in decision-making and in their interactions.

Special Features:
Multiple elementary schools in the Cazenovia Central Schools, Syracuse City School District, and other surrounding school districts serve as the partner schools for the program‘s professional semesters.

Program Requirements:
Entry into the Inclusive Elementary Education Program: Any student may enroll in the initial 100-level professional courses, provided he or she meets the course prerequisites. However, each student who wishes to continue as an Inclusive Elementary Education major will be required to meet specific evaluation criteria.  These criteria are described below. 

Inclusive Elementary Education students must earn and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and must earn a "C+" grade or higher in every education course in the program. At the point at which the student has successfully met the above GPA expectation and has earned a "C+" grade or higher in two of the first three required education courses [i.e., ED 131 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Communities and ED 111 Child Development and Observation], he or she becomes eligible for formal program entry.

Students are expected to meet all of the evaluation criteria specified below in the section titled, Monitoring Student Progress, in order to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Inclusive Elementary Education. Students who fail to meet the criteria will be counseled into an alternative degree program at the College. In addition, students must independently obtain fingerprinting clearance, pass all the required New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and apply and pay for their two certifications in order obtain New York State teacher certification in Childhood Education (1-6) and in Teaching Students with Disabilities (1-6).

Monitoring Student Progress: Each student in the Inclusive Elementary Education program will be evaluated annually in conference with program faculty. Cooperating teachers in the student‘s field experience and student teaching placements will contribute to these assessments and will participate in the assessment conferences.   For further program guidelines and requirements for the Education Program, please request a copy of the Inclusive Education Compendium from the program director Erica Miller at   
Requirements for Graduation: Minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, a minimum C+ grade in each education course taken, completion of all degree requirements and credits, a satisfactory review and evaluation of field work, outstanding student teaching assessment, and satisfactory presentation of a professional electronic portfolio at the end of both student teaching placements. These requirements are in addition to the College‘s graduation requirements.