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Inclusive Elementary and Special Education (Grades 1-6) B.S.

Be an innovative, antiracist and inclusive special educator—an impactful teacher who engages students with and without disabilities and ultimately helps all children succeed.
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About this Program

  • Be part of the first fully integrated inclusive program at a research university—one that builds on a history of disability studies and classroom inclusion and continues to be on the cutting edge of adaptive instruction.
  • Study in a school that is deeply committed to equitable, antiracist and inclusive practices, including that all students have a right to a meaningful education in a typical classroom setting.
  • Engage in a program that emphasizes cultural and linguistic diversity, integration of media and technology, multilevel teaching and standards-based assessment.
  • Be prepared to engage and include students with and without disabilities, non-native English speakers, LGBTQ+ youth and those with varied socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Begin your first year in a classroom, with multiple placements and student teaching experiences in a range of urban, suburban and rural settings.
  • Experience our pioneering work in clinical simulations (EDU SIMs) for realistic preprofessional practice, replicating common interactions in school and classroom environments and integrated into your classes to build your skill set and confidence.
  • Get a small school feel at a dynamic research university through personalized academic and career advising; the opportunity to work closely with internationally recognized faculty, including on research projects; and a global alumni network.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

100 %

Student Pass Rate for Elementary Assessment of Teaching Exam
93 %

of Class of 2021 graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months.
# 12

Best Special Education Schools (College Factual)
# 31

Best Education Bachelor's Degree Schools (College Factual)
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School of Education

Syracuse University’s School of Education advances the future of teaching and learning through inclusive and antiracist practice, integration of digital technology, and experiential learning rooted in campus and community partnerships.By fostering a welcoming learning community that supports distinct potential, the school mentors and nurtures the next generation of impactful and innovative educators, scholars and leaders.With immersive training that begins in the first year and unique research and creative opportunities that range from field experiences to live educational simulations to engaging internships, School of Education graduates are equipped to inspire generations.
Explore the School


Inclusive elementary and special education majors combine a strong general and inclusive/special education foundation with a liberal arts concentration area based on personal and professional interests.

Both courses and field experiences introduce inclusive schooling, provide principles and practices for inclusive classrooms, disability, communication and technology, and arts in education.

A focus on a subject or group of subjects you’ll choose in close collaboration with your advisor:

  • Human Thought and Expression: literature, history, gender studies, languages, religion, the arts and other humanities subjects.
  • People, Places, and Societies: sociology, anthropology, economics, geography, political science and other social science subjects.
  • Mathematics: a mathematics foundation including a variety of elementary techniques and teaching methods.
  • Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics and overall problem solving.

Professional Block semesters cluster coursework and student teaching field experiences as you put strategies into practice. The block places an emphasis on collaboration among students and faculty.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Study and Teach in NYC

Bridge to the City

Spend a fall semester in New York City taking classes and student teaching full time. Broaden your perspectives in a diverse community, gain innovative professional practices and network in the NYC area.

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Study Abroad

Experience the World

Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad trips or semester programs around the world. School of Education students are eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.

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Student Organization

Kappa Delta Pi

Join the student-led Alpha Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education for professional development, fellowship and service opportunities.

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For Future Educators

Spector/Warren Fellowship

This fellowship brings students interested in education to the Holocaust Museum Houston each year, where they learn from experts, firsthand accounts and survivors, gaining the tools to integrate the lessons on the Holocaust and human rights into any classroom subject.

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