Bachelor of Science Programs in Education (Childhood, Early Childhood, Childhood/Special)

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalog. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

Required Studies in all Programs

  1. MAJOR: 24 CREDITS

    • EDU203 Learning Theory (3)
    • EDU217 Facilitating Reading Literacy for Regular & Special Needs Learners at the Primary Level (4)
    • EDU237/L Instructional Design: Theory & Practice with Lab (3/1)
    • EDU320 Elementary Education Methods: Mathematics, Science & Technology (4)
    • EDU327 Teaching to the Standards (3) — ILIT; NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH EDU319=RP
    • SED270 Introduction to the Nature & Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities (3)
    • SED371 Classroom Management Techniques for Individuals with Disabilities (3) – WI
    • NOTE: EDU237 requires a B or better. Candidates are dismissed from the program after two unsuccessful attempts to achieve the required minimum grade of B.
  2. AREA STUDY:

    24-30 credits, depending upon area study selected. Students will choose from English (27 credits), Foreign Language (24 credits), Mathematics (30 credits), Science (28 credits), or Social Studies (30 credits). Consult the Area Study section of the Daemen catalog for all requirements.

    NOTE: Area Study courses may count as core only if they fulfill a competency; otherwise, the credits will fulfill the particular requirement in that Area Study, but will count as Free Electives and an equal number of credits in Core Electives must be taken for each course that does not have a competency.

  3. CORE: 45 CREDITS

    • CMP101 English Composition (3) — CS; ILIT; WI
    • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
    • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3) — CI
    • SOC224 Ethnicity, Race and Cultural Diversity (3) — AA; WI
    • Learning Through Service: 3 credits: examples: IND232, IND215
    • Foreign Language: 6 credits: must be completed in one Foreign Language.  A student may not waive this requirement via demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language.
    • Mathematics*: 3 credits as follows:
      • If pursuing the Math Area Study, select from the following: MTH124 College Algebra (3) – CT; QL; OR MTH134 PreCalculus (3) – CT; QL; OR MTH144 Calculus & Analytic Geometry (3) – CT; QL
      • If pursuing an Area Study other than Math: recommended: MTH111 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers — CT; QL
    • Science*: 3 credits:

      Select from biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, natural science, physics

    • CORE ELECTIVES: 18 CREDITS
    • * AREA STUDY COURSES MAY COUNT AS CORE ONLY IF THEY FULFILL A COMPETENCY; OTHERWISE, THE CREDITS WILL FULFILL THE PARTICULAR REQUIREMENT IN THE AREA STUDY, BUT WILL COUNT AS FREE ELECTIVES AND AN EQUAL NUMBER OF CREDITS IN CORE ELECTIVES MUST BE TAKEN FOR EACH COURSE THAT DOES NOT HAVE A COMPETENCY.

Additional Requirements for the BS, Childhood Education

  1. MAJOR: 28 CREDITS

    • EDU218 Facilitating Reading Literacy for Regular & Special Needs Learners at the Intermediate Level (4)
    • EDU267 Practicum in Teaching Language Arts at the Elementary School Level (3)
    • EDU313 Foundations of Education (3)
    • EDU316 Elementary Education Methods: Social Studies (3)
    • EDU319 Assessment Methods in Education (3) — ILIT; WI. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH EDU327=RP
    • EDU473 Student Teaching & Seminar at the Primary Level (1-3) (6)
    • EDU474 Student Teaching & Seminar at the Intermediate Level (4-6) (6)
  2. FREE ELECTIVES: 0-4 CREDITS:

    The number of credits is determined by the Area Study selected: English (1 credit); Foreign Languages (4 credits); Mathematics (1 credit); Science and Social Studies (no credits).

    Courses offered in the major are not allowed and may but are not required to have a competency.

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 124-126 CREDITS, DEPENDING UPON THE AREA STUDY SELECTED: ENGLISH = 124 CREDITS; FOREIGN LANGUAGE = 124 CREDITS; MATHEMATICS = 124 CREDITS; SCIENCE = 124 CREDITS; SOCIAL STUDIES = 126 CREDITS.

Additional Requirements for the BS, Childhood Education/Special Education

  1. MAJOR: 40 CREDITS

    • EDU218 Facilitating Reading Literacy for Regular & Special Needs Learners at the Intermediate Level (4)
    • EDU267 Practicum in Teaching Language Arts at the Elementary School Level (3)
    • EDU313 Foundations of Education (3)
    • EDU316 Elementary Education Methods: Social Studies (3)
    • EDU319 Assessment Methods in Education (3) — ILIT; WI. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH EDU327=RP
    • EDU475 Student Teaching & Seminar at the Childhood Level (1-6) (6)
    • SED340 Inclusive Education for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (3)
    • SED363 Inclusive Education for Students with Learning Disabilities and Mild Disabilities (3)
    • SED364 Inclusive Education for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities (3)
    • SED401 Methods of Inclusive Special Education (3)
    • SED476 Student Teaching & Seminar at the Primary Level (1-6) Inclusive Education (6)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 132-138 CREDITS, DEPENDING UPON THE AREA STUDY SELECTED: ENGLISH = 135 CREDITS; FOREIGN LANGUAGE = 132 CREDITS; MATHEMATICS = 135 CREDITS; SCIENCE = 136 CREDITS; SOCIAL STUDIES = 138 CREDITS.

Additional Requirements for the BS, Early Childhood Education/Special Education

  1. MAJOR: 39 CREDITS

    • ECSE222 Infant Development & Intervention with Assistive Technology (3)
    • ECSE279 Typical/Atypical Child Development & Intervention Strategies-Preschoolers with Special Needs I (3)
    • ECSE280 Typical/Atypical Child Development & Intervention Strategies: Preschoolers with Special Needs II (3) — ILIT; RP; WI
    • ECSE324 Transdisciplinary Intervention & Family Involvement (3)
    • ECSE325 Early Childhood Assessment Methods for Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)
    • ECSE473 OR ECSE474 Student Teaching & Seminar at the Preschool Level (Birth-Pre-K)/(Pre-K-Grade 2) for Students with Disabilities (6)
    • EDU103 Arts, Movement and Music for the Young Child (3)
    • EDU303 Children’s Literature (3)
    • EDU321 Foundations in Early Childhood Education (3)
    • EDU326 Planning & Managing Teaching & Learning Environment with Assistive Technology (3)
    • EDU471 OR EDU472 Student Teaching & Seminar at the Preschool and Primary Level (Birth-PreK)/(PreK-Grade 2 (6)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 131-137 CREDITS, DEPENDING UPON THE AREA STUDY SELECTED: ENGLISH = 134 CREDITS; FOREIGN LANGUAGE = 131 CREDITS; MATHEMATICS = 134 CREDITS; SCIENCE = 135 CREDITS; SOCIAL STUDIES = 137 CREDITS.

 Admission to Upper Division Requirements.

1. An overall grade point average of 2.75 or better for all completed college courses.

2. A grade point average of 2.75 or better in all education courses (ECSE, EDU & SED prefix). Please go to https://www.college-scholarships.com/online_college_gpa_calculator.htm to calculate.

3. A Dispositional Interview.

4. Compile and submit, for Education Department faculty review, a comprehensive emerging e-portfolio, the contents of which include the following exhibits: artifacts, facsimiles, projects, grades. Projects must be the scanned originals submitted to the professors and, therefore, include the professors’ comments/corrections/annotations.

  •  A researched, scholarship-based paper submitted for EDU 203.
  • An outline of an instructional unit, including a fully designed 3-lesson learning segment, prepared for EDU 237.
  • A researched, scholarship-based paper submitted for SED 270.
  • A written emerging professional resume.
  • A written emerging philosophy of education
  • A written emerging comprehensive reflective narrative detailing perception of current status, skills gained during coursework, targets or goals for continuing professional development, and expectations for the future (i.e., intended career choice).
  • A completed Dispositional Self-Assessment (DSA) containing narrative reflection showing examples to support the ranking of each of the criteria.

Absences of any of these items or an overall GPA lower than 2.75 will constitute an incomplete submission, and the portfolio will not be accepted for review. If you are missing assignments, please see your advisor before the submission date to seek advice about your options.                                                                               

5. Traditionally admitted students (non-transfer students) who are seeking admission to upper division status must apply by March 19th of the second year of study.

6.  Transfer students must apply by March 19th during the semester in which they are completing EDU 267 or ECSE 280. Transfer students who enter Daemen College with an associate degree must submit a portfolio which includes an emerging professional resume, a written emerging philosophy of education, a comprehensive reflective narrative, and, if available, artifacts from comparable courses taken at other institutions, indicating where they were taken and the grade earned.

7.  In the event of a resubmission due to extenuating circumstances approved by the department chair, the GPA will be considered as closed as of the spring semester. The review process will be complete by August 31st before the start of the new fall semester.

Requirements for Student Teaching

  1. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in all Education courses.
  3. Apply for Student Teaching, usually at the end of the third year.
  4. Be recommended by the Education Department Faculty.

Graduation Requirements

An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 and submission of an Application for Degree form.

Additional Requirements for Initial Certification

Consult the Daemen Education Department FAQ for complete details.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for: BS, Childhood Education; BS, Childhood Education/Special Education; BS Early Childhood Education/Special Education, from the Education Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.