2023-2024 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education

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Kelly Chandler-Olcott
230 Huntington Hall

About the School

There are no careers more critical to the human condition and sustainability than teaching, educational policy and the foundations of education, research in counseling, and instructional technology. Our undergraduate and graduate students, as well as our faculty come from throughout the U.S. and from around the world.

The School of Education aspires to increased distinction for its innovative pedagogies, inclusive practices, and synergistic partnerships. The SOE seeks to deepen the significance of its work in learning and human development, research and scholarship, equity, and professional leadership for education and human performance contexts. 

The School of Education participates in students’ knowledge and skill development through the Shared Competencies, Syracuse University’s institutional learning goals that highlight the knowledge and skills students can expect to gain through their major courses, liberal arts requirements and co-curricular activities.


Professional accreditation of preparatory education programs is the bedrock upon which all professions (e.g., architecture, engineering, medicine, and law) have built their reputations. It assures that those entering the respective field have been suitably prepared to practice through assimilation of a body of knowledge and pre-service practice in the profession. Accreditation of schools of education indicates that the school underwent rigorous external review by professionals, that performance of a teacher candidate in the program has been thoroughly assessed before they are recommended for licensure, and that programs meet standards set by the teaching profession at large.

Regional accreditation organizations are now following this same rigorous approach to assessments and are asking faculty from education to be leaders at their institutions. This paradigm shift is creating a culture on college campuses towards innovation and quality improvements.

Syracuse University is currently accredited for teacher preparation and other professional school personnel programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) for the next seven years, starting in 2021. Teacher preparation and other professional school personnel programs are administered through five colleges/schools at Syracuse University: College of Arts and Sciences , School of Education, College of Visual and Performing Arts , David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics , and School of Information Studies . Pursuant to Section 52.21 of the New York Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, teacher preparation and other professional school personnel programs offered by Syracuse University are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.

From the Expectations Framework for programs accredited by the AAQEP:

AAQEP is an accreditation organization for educator preparation programs. AAQEP was founded by educators in 2017 to promote the preparation of effective educators in innovative, outcome-focused programs that engage education’s toughest challenges directly and in context. AAQEP’s comprehensive standards for educator preparation specify aspects of completer performance and program practice that identify effective programs and that qualify those programs for AAQEP accreditation.

Please refer to the CAEP website for additional information on accreditation: http://caepnet.org/

Educational Mission

The mission of the Syracuse University School of Education is to prepare thoughtful and socially just leaders who bridge scholarship and practice. Through collaborative partnerships and multifaceted inclusive approaches, we enhance student learning and success, physical activity and health, and mental health and wellbeing across communities. We enact our mission through the following nine core commitments.

  • To graduate highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioners, teachers, administrators, counselors, scholars, and other professionals who are leaders in their respective fields and are committed to inclusion in policy and practice
  • To operate from a social justice philosophy that includes advocating for the rights of historically marginalized populations and for educational, health, and broader forms of equity
  • To pursue rigorous scholarship, including evolving forms of intellectual and creative work that has an impact in local and global contexts
  • To promote wellness across communities including multiple dimensions of physical health and activity, and socio-emotional wellbeing
  • To prepare leaders in multiple fields including through intensive field experiences informed by theory, scholarly evidence, exemplary practices, and reciprocal university-community relations
  • To stimulate student success through transformative pedagogy, student-centered learning, and effective integration of technology-based and other resources
  • To recognize that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. Diversity is embraced in its varied dimensions including but not limited to a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff; multiculturalism; and work in diverse schools and social environments.
  • To foster interdisciplinary scholarship and collaborative partnerships, and to promote a climate in the School of Education and the broader university community characterized by mutual respect and democratic and sustainable practices
  • To nurture a vibrant, close-knit community of scholars and students who enrich as well as draw from the breadth of resources and opportunities of a research university.

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

All undergraduate programs offered by the School of Education typically require the completion of 120 to 138 credits. Specific program requirements vary, as do the total number of credits.

The School of Education offers 12 majors and 5 minors.  Some of our School of Education programs are single enrollment programs, which means that students complete their major entirely in the School of Education.  Other programs are dual enrollment programs, meaning that students complete one major through requirements in the School of Education and another Syracuse University school or college.  Our dual enrollment programs include those with the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; College of Arts and Sciences; and College of Visual and Performing Arts.  Students in dual programs will have advisors in both schools/colleges.

Field experiences, usually off campus, are required throughout most programs, with placement sites assigned by course instructors or through the field placement office. The School of Education provides free transportation for field experiences, but students are encouraged to provide their own transportation for student-teaching assignments during their senior year.

At several points during teacher preparation programs, reviews of students’ progress are made to determine continued eligibility for each program. These review points vary, but in all cases include the time just prior to student teaching. See individual program descriptions for further information.

Bachelor Degree Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in the School of Education will require all students to complete two university-wide required courses: First-year Seminar (FYS 101 ) and a 3-credit IDEA course before graduating.  The IDEA course can be selected from an approved list . The IDEA course can be fulfilled either as a liberal arts, departmental course, or elective depending on the course chosen.

Community, Collaboration, and Facilities

The School of Education strives to integrate sustained, critical, always-respectful engagement with the profession and those it serves. It relies upon creating a community of learners devoted to service. The efforts of our students and faculty members to create such a community are supported by an organizational infrastructure of coordinating councils, teacher centers, professional development schools, subject matter academies, specially-funded research and development projects, and skilled staff members. All are devoted to nurturing collaborative partnerships between preservice educators, University faculty, and practicing professionals in public education, higher education, and other educational and work environments.

Some of the various opportunities in which undergraduate students can engage in this on-going process include:

Huntington Hall serves as the home for the School of Education and many offices and classrooms; as a very interdisciplinary school, additional spaces can be found throughout the Syracuse University campus, including but not limited to:

  • Comstock Art Facility - the main building for art education
  • Crouse College - the main building for music education
  • Carnegie Hall - home to math education
  • 111 Waverly Ave., Suite 230 - home to Academic and Student Services

The Office of Academic and Student Services

The Office of Academic and Student Services was created to ensure that students get the most out of their college experience. The staff in the office provides a thorough and effective system of support for both undergraduate and graduate students from the admissions process through graduation and beyond.

From academic support to career advice to information about opportunities to study abroad, the professionals in Academic and Student Services have the experience and knowledge to answer questions, provide advisement, and make referrals as necessary.

Undergraduate Advising

Students are assigned to an advisor in the Office of Academic and Student Services at the onset of their studies. Located at 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230, the Office of Academic and Student Services has the resources to help students better understand academic requirements, negotiate academic policies and processes, and get the most out of their college experience.

The mission of Academic and Student Services is to help students succeed by providing information, fostering personal development and responsibility, and offering supportive services. Students have an open invitation to stop by with questions or concerns regarding academic programs, advising, career issues, and certification. If an answer is not provided here, our staff is dedicated to helping students find what they need.

Career Services and Certification Office

The School of Education Career Services center offers a variety of services to help students with their job search in the education field. These services include opening a credential file, resume and cover letter assistance, on-campus employer info sessions and fairs, and New York State Teacher Certification recommendation. All of our teacher-prep programs are integrated with New York State Teacher Certification requirements. For more information about our Career Services Office, visit: http://soe.syr.edu/current/student_services/career_services.aspx.
For more information about certification, visit: http://soe.syr.edu/current/student_services/Certification.aspx.

Study Abroad

The School of Education supports and encourages study abroad for undergraduate students enrolled in any of our programs. The faculty and program advisors work very closely with students on appropriate course sequencing to facilitate this. School of Education students can apply for study abroad funding through the School of Education and through the Syracuse abroad office. 

School of Education students have the opportunity to study abroad for a summer or semester through the nine Syracuse Abroad centers, as well as multiple short-term programs with School of Education faculty.  For more information, visit: http://soe.syr.edu/current/study_abroad/default.aspx

Undergraduate Admissions Information

External Admissions

(Students applying to Syracuse University from high school or another college or university.)
The School of Education appreciates your interest and hopes you will continue to learn more about the School by exploring the website (http://www.soe.syr.edu), visiting campus, and meeting with a representative or faculty member.

Candidates for undergraduate admission to Syracuse University apply to a specific major within one of our schools or colleges. To learn more about the programs available in the School of Education, contact Tim Findlay, Undergraduate Admissions Recruiter at (315) 443-4269 or twfindla@syr.edu.

For information about the application, the application process, or enrollment dates and deadlines, contact the Office of Admissions at (315) 443-3611 or orange@syr.edu. To apply, please visit https://www.syracuse.edu/admissions/ 

Internal Admissions (Intra-University Transfer)

(Students who are already attending Syracuse University and want to transfer to the School of Education.)

Syracuse University students interested in an intra-university transfer (IUT) to the School of Education must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher for all School of Education single and dual enrollment programs, except Selected Studies in Education, which requires a 2.8 cumulative GPA.

*Students who fall below the minimum GPA requirement are still encouraged to apply as an IUT into the School of Education. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an individual basis. 

Students considering transfer into one of our programs in education should contact a School of Education advisor to discuss transferring into the School of Education by calling (315) 443-9319, emailing soeadvising@syr.edu, or visiting the office at 111 Waverly Ave., Suite 230.  Students may want to take one of the following courses, which may be taken by non-education students with advisement while they make the decision to transfer or while the intra-university transfer (IUT) application is being processed.

Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Teacher Preparation Program

  • EDU 203   - Introduction to Inclusive Schooling (first year)
  • SPE 311   - Perspectives on Disabilities 
  • EDU 303   - Children’s Learning in ENL Inclusive Classrooms

Selected Studies in Education

  • EDU 221   - Education for Transformation 
  • EDU 321   - International Education for Transformation 
  • EDU 310   - The American School

For dual programs with the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Visual and Performing Arts, consider the following:

Undergraduate Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is available to address your questions, offer options for payment, assist in filing student loan and grant applications, and suggest financial planning options. For additional information, visit their web site at http://financialaid.syr.edu, call (315) 443-1513 or send e-mail to finmail@syr.edu.

For more information for School of Education-specific opportunities for undergraduate students, please visit the website at http://soe.syr.edu/future/financial_aid/


Single Enrollment in the School of Education

Teacher Preparation Programs:

Non-Teacher Preparation Programs (no teacher certification)

Dual Enrollment in the School of Education and David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Our dual program with the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics leads to recommendation for New York State initial certification in early childhood (birth-grade 2) and students with disabilities (birth-grade 2). 

Dual Enrollment in the School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences

Our dual programs with the College of Arts and Sciences lead to recommendation for New York State initial certification within a specific content area for teaching grades 7-12. For mathematics education and science education, both a BA and BS degree option is available.

Teacher Preparation Program - Dual Enrollment in the School of Education and College of Visual and Performing Arts

Our dual program with the College of Visual and Performing Arts leads to recommendation for New York State initial certification within a specific content area for teaching all grades.



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