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Elementary and Special Education

The successful completion of this program prepares the individual to teach all regular grades 1-6 and special education K-12.

To graduate the program you must complete: the Liberal Education Program requirements, 41.5 credits in education/special education major, fulfills the course requirements for the Initial Certificate in Connecticut, and a subject area major.

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 for all undergraduate courses
  • Take Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT to satisfy the State Board of Education competency examination requirement.
  • Complete an essay
  • Submit two letters of reccomendation
  • Have a personal interview
  • MAT 105- Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • SED 225- Introduction to Eceptionalities
  • ENG 122- Writing Arguments
  • ENG 122- Writing Arguments
  • EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools, and Society

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II

Tier 2 – American Experience (Select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 206 – Principles of Early Childhood Education (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
EDU 322 – Family, School, and Community Partnerships (‘C’ or better)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.

55.5 Credits Required
‘C’ or better required

Special Education Requirements

18 Credits Required

  • SED 225 — Introduction to Exceptionalities
  • SED 325 — Curriculum and Methods for Exceptional Individuals
  • SED 365 — Basic Principles of Academic Assess. Remediation for Exceptional Individuals
  • SED 375 — Classroom Management Techniques in Educational Settings
  • SED 435 — Language Arts for Exceptional Individuals
  • SED 445 — Collaboration in the Schools

Education Requirements

37.5 Credits Required

  • EDU 307 — Children’s Literature and Literacy
  • EDU 312 — Integrated Curriculum in the Primary Classroom
  • EDU 316 — Child Development and Psychology for Educators
  • EDU 317 — Science Education in the Elementary School
  • EDU 407 — Developing Readers
  • EDU 414 — Applications of Child Development
  • EDU 424 — Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • EDU 450 — Student Teaching I
  • EDU 451 — Student Teaching II
  • IDS 449 — Theory to Practice - A School-Based Practicum
  • IDS 452 — Seminar in Reflective Practice
  • IDS 471 — English Language Learners in the Classroom

Content Area Major

State of Connecticut regulations require teacher candidates to have a conent area bachelor's degree. Students are wencouraged to study any area of interest. However Southern Connecticut State University offers an Interdisciplinary Studies degree that combines an English minor with a self-designed minor in Science, Technology, Education, and Engineering (STEM).

Candidates eligible for certification must complete:

  • Praxis II
    • Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (#0011)
    • Elementary Education: Content Area Exercises (#0012)
    • Information about PRAXIS II can be obtained from
  • The Connecticut Foundations of Reading Test. Information about this test can be found at
  • EdTPA


Dr. Helen Marx, Undergraduate Coordinator
Davis Hall 115G, Department of Elementary Education
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515
Telephone: (203) 392-6654 
Fax: (203) 392-6473