2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department

Maria Timberlake, chair
Cornish Hall, Room 1213B
Fax: 607-758-5007
Email: department secretary

School of Education

Foundations of Social Advocacy student working with children


Brian Barrett, Anne Burns Thomas, Katie Ducett, Jeremy Jiménez, Eunyoung Jung, Ji-Ryun Kim, Rhiannon Maton, Joseph Menard, Cynthia Moriarity, Jose Ortiz, Joseph Rayle, Carrie Rood, Chelsea Stinson, Maria Timberlake, Mary Beth Yerdon

Adjunct Faculty

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

Degree and Minor

Bachelor of Science in Inclusive Childhood Education


  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Environmental Studies
  • English Language Arts and Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Urban Studies


This program provides the foundation for educators who choose to teach in inclusive classrooms (1-6) with children with and without disability labels. 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 the Inclusive Childhood Education (IEC) program.

Professional education courses are offered in the disciplines of special education, education and literacy by the Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, the Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department and the Literacy Department. Additional courses in general education are offered by appropriate departments in the School of Arts and Sciences. This program leads to an initial New York state certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities (1-6) and Childhood (1-6).

Special Features

  • Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.)
  • Student teaching in urban, suburban or rural settings
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Experiential placements in urban, rural and suburban classrooms
  • National Honor Society in Education (Phi Delta Kappa)


  1. Degree requirements listed in this catalog apply to all education majors.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: B.S. – 60 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.

Enrollment in the Major

Enrollment in 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.
  • The cumulative grade point average requirement is 2.8 for the IEC program.
  • Students entering the program will be coded waiting (W) status, which will be removed when they successfully complete FSA 212 with a grade of C or above, and meet the required minimum grade point average.
  • In order to change their status from W, students must complete a Teacher Education Undergraduate Application.
  • Continuing students wishing to change their major to IEC must meet the minimum grade point average requirement for the program 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, students must be in good academic standing, have no incompletes, complete all prerequisite education courses, meet the grade point average requirement of their program, have completed at least two-thirds of the course work in their concentration, and have no grade lower than a C in required education and special education courses. Additionally they must complete three required workshops: the Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR), Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE). Students must be eligible at the time of application, and if ineligible must reapply when eligibility is achieved.

Advisement Manual

Advisement manuals for IEC 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.