2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 03, 2024  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department

David Smukler, chair
Cornish Hall, Room 1213
(607) 753-2447
Fax: (607) 758-5007
Email: janice.eaton@cortland.edu





Brian Barrett, Judy Bentley, Anne Burns Thomas, Natalie Dopson, Janet Duncan, Michelle Kelly, Ji-Ryun Kim, Cynthia Moriarity, Joseph Rayle, David Smukler

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Program Offered

Bachelor of Science in Inclusive Special Education

Major Offered

Inclusive Special Education

Minor Offered

Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Note: This minor is required for the major.


This program provides the foundation for educators who choose to teach in inclusive classrooms (1-6) with children who have disabilities. Additionally, this program places an emphasis on best practices for children in urban environments, although all high need classrooms will be considered. A solid grounding in liberal arts and sciences, coupled with pedagogical instruction in meeting the needs of diverse students are the core components of this program. Professional education courses are offered in the disciplines of special education, education and literacy by this department and the Literacy Department. A required minor, psychology of children with exceptionalities, is offered through the Psychology Department. Additional courses in general education are offered by appropriate departments in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Special Features

  • Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.)
  • Student Teaching in urban, suburban or rural settings
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Student teaching opportunities at the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, and in New York City
  • Experiential placements in urban, rural and suburban classrooms
  • Experiential placements with families with children who have disabilities
  • National Honor Society in Education (Phi Delta Kappa)
  • Outdoor education opportunities at the Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to all education majors.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: B.S. – 66 credit hours
  3. Foreign Language: All students must have proficiency in a foreign language. For the B.S., students complete one year of a foreign language (six credit hours) or its equivalent (through the 102 level). Students may also test out of the foreign language proficiency. Students may choose American Sign Language to fulfill this foreign language requirement.

Minor in Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities

This is a required component of this major because it provides a solid grounding in the nature and needs of children with disabilities. It also provides a foundation in the requirements and intent of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act. Additional areas covered in the minor are behavior disorders, functional analysis, learning disabilities and related topics.

Enrollment in the Major

Admission to this major is limited. Application to this competitive program is based on the following factors:

  • Priority is given to first-time college students.
  • Limited numbers of transfer students and continuing students wishing to change majors will be admitted on a space available basis.
  • Students entering the program with fewer than 56.5 credits will be coded ISEW.
  • Waiting (W) status will be removed when students successfully complete FSA 210 and FSA 211 with a grade of "C" or above, and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7.
  • At the time of status change from ISEW to ISE, students must complete a Teacher Education Undergraduate Application.
  • Continuing students wishing to change their major to ISE must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 and submit the following: completed application form; personal essay stating their reasons for choosing this field of study; change of major form; and a Teacher Education Undergraduate Application.

Eligibility for Student Teaching

To be eligible for student teaching, a student must be in good academic standing, have no incompletes, complete all prerequisite education courses, have an overall grade point average of 2.7, have completed at least two-thirds of the course work in the minor, and have no grade lower than a C in required education and special education courses. Students must be eligible at the time of application, and if ineligible must reapply when eligibility is achieved.

Advisement Manual

Advisement manuals for inclusive special education majors are available in the Foundations and Social Advocacy Department. Students must follow the manual in place at the time of their matriculation. Students should study the manual carefully because it supplements the information provided in this catalog.