Elementary school is a critical time to instill a love of learning. Great elementary school teachers — in special and regular education classrooms alike — ignite an interest in children of all abilities and prepare them for academic success and a lifetime of learning.
Why Choose dual Childhood/Special Education?
Teachers play a crucial role in the lives of developing children. They support their educational needs, but, equally as important, elementary school teachers serve as mentors, advocates, and guides for their students. Becoming a childhood education teacher is one of the most challenging but rewarding professions you can pursue because it gives you the ability to impact lives for generations.
Manhattan’s TEAC-accredited dual childhood/special education program provides students with the academic and practical skills to succeed in the classroom. The program leads to certification in teaching all subjects for grades 1–6 in a regular education elementary school classroom. Upon declaring your major, you will choose an academic concentration from these options:
- General Science
- General Studies
- Social Studies
What Will You Learn?
You will practice the art and science of teaching. You will learn how to plan an appropriate and effective curriculum for grades 1-6, including how to adapt those plans for special education or at-risk students.
You will graduate from this program with an ability to understand the core principles of childhood/special education, including:
- current issues in education
- the process of becoming an educator
- content knowledge
- child development
- instructional strategies
- assessment strategies
- data driven decision making
- historical and philosophical foundations of education
- implications of the multicultural nature of schools
- differentiating instruction for special needs populations
- the role of technology in the teaching and learning process
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