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    State University of New York at Oswego
  Nov 22, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction

Marcia Burrell, Chair
Directory of Professors  

The Curriculum and Instruction Department offers programs that lead to the Bachelor of Science degree and NYS initial teaching certification in Childhood 1-6 areas of The Arts, English, French, German, mathematics, science, social studies, Spanish, and women’s studies; Adolescence 7-12 in the certification areas of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, English, French, German, mathematics, physics, social studies and Spanish; and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) K-12. All programs offer candidates the opportunity to experience coursework in pedagogy and a variety of coursework in the content areas. Candidates in the Adolescence 7-12 programs and TESOL K-12 are encouraged to consider completing a second major in the area of their concentration.

Candidates interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the Curriculum and Instruction majors may enter the major as a freshman or as a transfer student.

Eligibility for Student Teaching

Eligibility for student teaching for Childhood 1-6, Adolescence 7-12 and TESOL K-12 majors will be evaluated at the end of the semester or quarter preceding the student teaching assignment. To be considered eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. A cumulative index of 2.50 or above.
  2. Complete a minimum of 80 credit hours of course work.
  3. Completion of all professional education course work.
  4. Earned grade of “S” in all prior field placements.
  5. Complete a minimum of 80% of concentration course work.
  6. Document successful completion of instruction required by the New York State Education Department on discrimination and harassment prevention, by completing an approved Dignity for All Students workshop (DASA 1020); and mandated reporting of child abuse (2 clock hrs); school violence prevention and intervention (2 clock hrs); alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse prevention; highway safety, traffic regulations, and school safety patrols; fire and arson prevention; and child abduction prevention by completing an approved Safe Schools Health Students workshop (SSHS 1020). Go to for enrollment information.
  7. Adolescence French, German and Spanish 7-12 candidates must successfully complete the official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
  8. Submit required student teaching application forms to the appropriate office by the specified deadline.
  9. Childhood, Adolescence, and TESOL education majors must have grades of C- or better for all concentration, professional education, and cognate courses. All professional education courses and education cognates must be completed prior to student teaching.



Adolescence Education Concentration Areas

Childhood Education Areas of Concentration


Adolescent Education

Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education


Literacy Education

Special Education