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​Inclusive Elementary and Special Education

The inclusive elementary and special education program is the first of its kind at a major research university in the United States.

Work alongside internationally-recognized faculty in real-world settings, experience the challenges that face the education system, and explore extensive field placements, technology and community-based learning, and progressive teaching methods. Graduates leave prepared for both the New York State Childhood (elementary grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (special education grades 1-6) teacher certifications.

About the School of Education

The School of Education is a national leader in enhancing educational practice. A pioneer in the inclusion movement, the School of Education continues that tradition through its work to improve urban education.


Core coursework emphasizes children and families, multicultural issues, and classroom content. Sample courses include:

  • Teaching Strategies for Inclusive Education
  • Perspectives on Disabilities
  • Elementary Science Methods & Curriculum
  • Perspectives on Learning Disabilities
  • Integrating Technology into Instruction
  • Communication in the Classroom

View official major requirements .

Practical Experience

The inclusive elementary and special education program coursework is complemented by experiential learning opportunities.

  • Work with children in urban, suburban, and rural settings as part of up to nine placement opportunities.
  • Experience inclusive education in an international culture through travel to Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, and the Galapagos Islands.
  • Build skills through practicum experience in a community organization such as Head Start and the Syracuse City School District.
  • Join faculty members as they research areas such as special education, early intervention, and family development.

Study Abroad

Expand and enhance both your cultural perspective and your resume with a study abroad experience during your years at Syracuse. Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years.

Inclusive elementary and special education majors have previously gone abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence, London , and Madrid, and to World Partner programs CEA Prague, SIT South Africa: Social and Political Transformation, University College Dublin, and the University of New South Wales.

Summer programs of interest may include Literacy, Inclusion, and Diversity in Italy, South Africa Immersion: A Global Health Education Experience, Global Cities and Transnational Identities (Mexico City), and The Industry of Knowledge: Higher Education in a Global Context (Florence).

To make study abroad more affordable, apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education students.  Explore study abroad opportunities for students in the School of Education .

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in inclusive elementary and special education, you can pursue careers such as:

  • Special education teacher
  • Child life specialist
  • School psychologist
  • Education administrator

Or pursue graduate-level education and earn your master’s in education or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.