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Education Concentration


The Touro undergraduate Special Education/General Education major seeks to prepare elementary school teachers who will have the knowledge and skills to create a productive learning environment in the classroom. Students will be trained to monitor and assess student learning, and address the special needs of students, including those from different cultural
and ethnic backgrounds, those from homes where English is not spoken, those with disabilities, as well as gifted and talented students.

Education students may choose either of the following tracks:
a) Early Childhood, Birth-Grade 2; or
b) Childhood, Grades 1-6.

Students who complete the Touro Education Program successfully and who meet all current New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements will be able to apply for Initial New York State Teacher Certification.

After completing nine (9) credits in Education, students must apply for admission to the Education major program by meeting with the Education advisor. No student will be permitted to register for additional Education courses without being officially admitted into the major and receiving an admission certificate.

Requirements for Education Program Admission—students must:
  • have an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher;
  • have a 3.0 GPA or higher in all education courses;
  • have received a grade of “B” or better in both College Writing I and College Writing II;
  • establish writing proficiency by writing an acceptable short essay at the interview;
  • bring a current student transcript to the interview

Continuing Eligibility

Students in the program must meet with an education advisor each semester before registering for any additional education or special education courses. After completing all the required education courses, students

  • may apply for admission to Capstone Courses Field Experience and Student Teaching I EDU 318 (Early Childhood) or Capstone EDSE 319 (Childhood)
  • may apply for admission to Field Experience Student Teaching I , SPED 418 (Early Childhood) or SPED 419 (Childhood)
  • will receive an Exit Review, which will certify that students have met Touro requirements for completion of major. They will be certified by Touro as a completer of the dual Special Education program: Childhood Education or Early Childhood B.S. degree program.
  • must attend two six-hour seminars that will help them take the Student Teaching Admissions Test (STAT) and prepare them to take the New York State Certification Exams (NYSTCE).
  • will be assisted by Touro to apply for NYS Teacher Certification
  • must complete four two hour workshops
Requirements for Enrollment in Capstone Courses EDU 318 or EdSE 319:
  • Presentation of the Admissions Certificate and a current student transcript
  • Maintenance of G.P.A. levels: 3.0 cumulative, 3.0 in Education
  • Passing of the Student Teaching Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Approval of Student Teaching Coordinator or Education Chair—contact Student Teaching Coordinator or Education Department Chair to schedule an admissions interview.

Requirements for Enrollment in Capstone Student teaching Courses SpEd 418 or SpEd 419

  • Passing of course EDU 318 (Early Childhood) or EdSE 319 (Childhood) with a grade of B or higher.
  • Maintenance of G.P.A. levels: 3.0 cumulative, 3.0 in Education
  • Approval of the Student Teaching Coordinator or Education Department Chair.

Core Requirements for Education Students:

Education major students must complete a modified core as follows: (please note that the Major/Concentration form in Education should be approved by the Education Department.)

Core Requirements (49-50 credits):

GLL 110 or 111 Introduction to College Writing (or exemption) 4
GLL 121 College Writing I 4
GLL 122 College Writing II 4
GLL 205 Emergence of Modern Literature 3
GCA 101 Public Speaking 3
GCA 153 Introduction to the Arts 3
GCO 122 Computer Literacy and Information Retrieval 3
GHS 205 Emergence of the Modern World 3
GSM 130 College Mathematics (if exempt, must take Pre-Calculus) 3
Various Ethnic or Judaic Studies3

One of the following:(3-4 credits):

GBE 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
GBE 102 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GHS 105 History of the U.S. from Settlements to 1877 4
GHS 335 America in the Twentieth Century 3
GPL 200 Introduction to American Government 3
GPS 224 Psychology of the Family (cannot use as Psychology elective) 3
GSO 121 General Survey of Sociology and Anthropology 4

Two Science courses with lab (8 credits)—for example:

GPS 301/301.6 Experimental Psychology with Lab3+1
GSB 111 Human Biology for Non-Majors 4

A language other than English(6 credits)

Two courses in the same language, such as:
GLL 141 Spanish I 3
GLL 142 Spanish II3
GLL 223 Introduction to American Sign Language3
GLL 224 Intermediate American Sign Language3

Recommended Liberal Arts electives

GHS 450 American Cultural History 4
GLL 202 Introduction to American Literature 3
GLL 222 Creative Writing 3

Additional electives are required to complete the 130 credit degree
*If a student is exempt from College Math, he or she is required to take GSM 134, Pre-Calculus.
**Students who have passed a three-year New York State Regents examination in a foreign language are exempted from the six-credit Education core language requirement, but must take six (6) elective credits to reach the 130 credit total.

General Education Core for both Early Childhood and Childhood Tracks (15 credits)

GED 201 Psychosocial Foundations of Growth, Development, and Learning, Birth – Grade 6 3
EdSE 600 History and Philosophy of Education and Special Education 3
EdSE 640 Assessment of Individual Differences in General Education and Special Education: A Socio-Cultural Perspective 3
EdSE 650 Educational Technology in Special Education and General Education 3
SpEd 602 Introduction to Teaching Students with Disabilities 3
GED 510 Seminar in Substance Abuse 0
GED 511 Seminar on Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse 0
GED 512 Seminar on Child Safety Education Prevention of Child Abduction, and Fire and Arson
GED 513 Seminar on School Violence Prevention and Intervention 0


Three hour workshop on Autism; and six hours workshop on Harassment and Bullying Students may choose either track - Early Childhood or Childhood as follows (41 credits total):

Early Childhood, Birth to Grade 2 (26 credits):

GED 209 Foundations of Parenting 3
GED 311 Principles of Early Childhood Education 3
GED 312 Methodology of Early Childhood Education 3
GED 316 Language Acquisition and Emergent Literacy I Birth-Pre-K 3
GED 317 Language Acquisition and Emergent Literacy II K-Grade 2 3
SpEd 313 Developmentally Appropriate Learning Experiences for Young Exceptional Children 3
SpEd 314 Addressing Challenging Behaviors of Young Exceptional Children 3
EDU 318 Field Experience and Student Teaching I 2
SpEd 418 Field Experience and Student Teaching II 3


Childhood, Grade 1-6 (26 credits)

GED 301 Teaching Reading and Language Arts, Grades 1-6 3
GED 302 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities, Grades 1-6 3
GED 303 Teaching the Social Studies Spectrum Subjects, Grades 1-6 3
GED 304 Mathematics, Science, and Technology: Teaching and Remediation, Grades 1-6 3
GED 306 Teaching the Arts and Physical Education, Grades 1-6 3
SpEd 309 Principles of Curriculum Development for Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6 3
SpEd 310 Principles of Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6 3
EdSE 319 Field Experience, Grades 1-6 2
SpEd 419 Student Teaching, Grades 1-6 3


Students who major in Education should choose Psychology as a concentration. See below:



Requirements for major (minimum 31 credits including electives)

GPS 110 General Survey of Psychology 4
GPS 335 Abnormal Psychology 3
GPS 351 Biological Psychology 3
GPS 493 Advanced Topics in Psychology 3
GPS 406 Advanced Topics in Educational Psychology 3
GSM 261 Statistics for Social Sciences 3

Choose five electives (15 credits)--the following Psychology courses are strongly recommended:

GPS 201 Developmental Psychology 3
GPS 204 Child Psychology 3
GPS 216 Adolescent Psychology 3
GPS 224 Psychology of the Family 3
GPS 230 Psych. and Social Aspects of Developmental Disabilities 3
GPS 231 Psychological Testing 3
GPS 232 Behavior Management of Developmental Disabilities 3
GPS 312 Cognition and Memory 3
GPS 315 Motivation and Personality 3
GPS 317 Human Sexuality 3
GPS 320 Drugs and Behavior 3
GPS 325 Psychology of Minority Families 3
GPS 401 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3
GPS 420 Obesity and Eating Disorders 3

Other approved Psychology electives

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