Preparing professional educators for a lifetime of teaching and learning

About Unified Childhood Education at Keuka College

Keuka College’s unified childhood/special education program will prepare you to teach a diverse child population as you take coursework leading to certification in both childhood and special education for grades 1-6.

You'll learn to apply developmentally appropriate teaching methods, and lesson plans to fit the skills and cognitive level of children in their grammar school years. As classrooms become increasingly multifaceted, you’ll understand how age, differing rates of development, and socioeconomic background play a pivotal role in how children learn.

Combine your classroom instruction with at least two Field Period™ internships at the childhood level, and you’ll be ready for student teaching...and soon for your own classroom.

Unified Childhood Education Program Highlights

Subject Matter Expertise

Focus your studies on one of eight subject areas, including American Sign Language, child and family studies, and mathematics, to name a few.

Test the Waters

Explore teaching in a classroom setting during your first semester through our annual Field Period™ program.

Shaping Each Student

Gather the tools needed to help your students learn based on their learning style and natural abilities.

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Program Overview

Childhood/special education majors pursue certification to teach children from first through sixth grades, in both regular and special education settings. Build toward a student-teaching placement through education courses and Field Period™ experiences that prepare you with a knowledge base in developmental psychology, classroom management, and lesson-planning for both general and special education students.

During your junior year, faculty will lead you through the pivotal Methods course which teaches education majors how to teach, including opportunities to design classroom lessons and present them in front of your fellow education majors. Prepare for diverse experiences in real-world classroom settings and discover the teaching methodologies and practices that will make you an effective instructor when leading your own classroom.

You can choose concentrations in art, American Sign Language, English, child and family studies, global studies, mathematics, Spanish, or science.

The Faculty

The education faculty at Keuka College are world-­class teachers and scholars who get to know you on a personal level. They strive to help you fulfill your potential, so you can enter your own classroom fully prepared to teach students at the level of your choosing.

Faculty in the Division of Education

Global Education

Students pursuing an education degree have myriad opportunities for international travel. Each year, education professors lead group Field Period™ trips abroad.

On campus, you have the chance to live, study, and interact with students from such countries as China, Vietnam, South Africa, and Curacao. Joining the Keuka College International Club (KCIC) or the Multicultural Student Association will further enhance your global interconnectedness.

If you are interested in doing something a little different than teaching in a traditional American classroom, register for the brand new Teaching English Abroad minor.

With classes such as multiculturalism and social justice, globalization, and educational psychology, adding an Education minor to any program will give you the ability to be adventurous after graduating.


There are many ways to get involved outside the classroom at Keuka College. Hone your skills in education with extracurricular clubs and honor societies such as:

  • Childhood Education Club
  • Council for Exceptional Children/Special Education Club (CEC/SPED)
  • Education Club
  • Lambda Theta Lambda, Education Honor Society


The Teacher Education Program at Keuka College is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from 2013-2020. The accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

The College does not award teacher certification, the New York State Education Department is the only entity that does that.

At the successful completion of all requirements for the major and degree, the college recommends the candidate for certification. The candidate is responsible for fulfilling all certification requirements, which include: major requirements, fingerprinting, certification exams and application for certification.

In cases where the candidate is non-matriculated, or is seeking an additional certification, the candidate is responsible for applying for that certification through a state-recognized certification office.

In all cases, state requirements for certification include:

Anticipated Testing Requirements

Early Childhood Education Educating All Students (EAS)
Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2)
Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
Childhood Education Educating All Students (EAS)
Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
Adolescent Education Educating All Students (EAS)
Content Specialty Test in Area of Content (Social Studies, English, Math, or Science)
Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities (if dual certified)
Multi-Subject Test: Secondary Teachers (Grades 7-12) (if dual certified)
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
Adolescent Special Education Generalist Educating All Students (EAS)
Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities
Multi-Subject Test: Secondary Teachers (Grades 7-12)
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

Information from New York State's exam requirements for initial certification is available on the State's website.

TEACH Certification Application Process

For those candidates who received the TEACH grant, more information about the TEACH certification application process is available from the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives.

New York State Teacher Certification Results

Results are reported in aggregate across all levels.

NYS Teacher Exam Pass Rate Job Placement (in Related Field) Attending Graduate School
Program Year Number of Completers EAS Pass Rate CST-SWD Pass Rate
2014-15 21 100% 91% 33% 52%
2015-16 21 100% 92% 52% 67%
2016-17 13 94% 94% 64% 45%

Admissions Policy

Prospective students intending to major in unified childhood/special education, unified early childhood/special education, or in adolescent education in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or social studies should declare their intention upon entering Keuka College, but may transfer into an education program if they have enrolled in a different program.

Application Process for Teacher Certification Programs

All sophomores in good standing and equivalent transfer students who complete (or transfer in) a list of freshmen-level introductory courses by the end of an academic year are eligible to apply to the Teacher Certification Program in the Fall of their sophomore year, before enrolling in major specific professional courses. 

A satisfactory completion of the application process requirements will allow students to be admitted to and continue in the Teacher Certification Path.

Application process requirements include:

Successful completion of: 

  • EDU 105,
  • ENG 112 (or equivalent),
  • MAT 102 (or equivalent), 
  • EDU 210

Achieve a minimum GPA requirement:

  • Overall GPA: 2.6, 
  • Education GPA: 2.67, and 
  • Content GPA: 2.67

Complete required forms and tasks:

  • Submit an Application form
  • Participate in a Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies (DAP) group interview  
  • Participate in an Oral Fluency task

Students’ results are reviewed and subsequent recommendations for admittance to the certification program or dismissal are communicated to students before their junior year begins.  

Requirements for Student Teaching

To be eligible for placement in student teaching, a student must have an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.75, and a GPA of 3.0 in all education courses. In addition, adolescent education majors need a concentration GPA of 3.0. This level must be attained one semester prior to the student teaching placement. The candidate must have successfully completed the education Field Period requirements.

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