2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department

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Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-134
(607) 753-2447




Michelle Kelly (Chair), Brian Barrett, Judy Bentley, Janet Duncan, Ji-Ryun Kim, Joseph Rayle, David Smukler, Stephanie Urso Spina, Harry Sydow, Anne Burns Thomas, Mary Ware

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 the exceptional child, 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.)
  • Resident Student Teaching Centers in urban and suburban settings
  • Study abroad
  • Student teaching at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • 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 here 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 the Exceptional Child

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 to approximately 25 students per academic year. Application to this competitive program is based on the following factors:

  • First-time college students must apply during the first semester of their freshman year. 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
  • Transfer and continuing students must apply during their first semester at Cortland
  • All applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 at the end of the semester in which they apply
  • Program applicants must submit a completed application form along with two completed recommendations; one of which must come from a faculty member, and a personal essay stating their reasons for choosing this field of study. The applicants must also complete a change of major form and a Teacher Education Undergraduate Application.
  • Students will be coded ISEW until they have been admitted to the program

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.

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