Primary Inclusive Teacher Preparation, BS

Bachelor of Science in Primary Inclusive Teacher Preparation Program (Age 3 thru Grade 5) (561207BS)

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The Primary Inclusive Teacher Preparation Program prepares teachers to effectively work in inclusive educational settings, serving needs of children from preschool through grade 5, typically developing children and/or with mild/moderate/intensive educational needs. 

School of Education Admission Requirements For Those Persons Seeking State of Ohio Licensure

All students must complete the following requirements for admission:

  1. School of Education Application for Admission. Responses to the questions on the application will help School of Education advisors offer the most effective and efficient advisement. It will also help advisors know students as individuals with unique backgrounds and experiences. Applications are available online at:
  2. Intercollege Transfer (Undergraduate students only). Those students enrolled in another college wishing to complete degree requirements in the School of Education should see their advisor to initiate an intercollege transfer to the School of Education. Those students may not access School of Education core courses prior to admission. Students planning to complete teacher education as part of their degree requirements in another college need not complete an ICT.
  3. Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better overall and 2.5 or better overall in prerequisite credit hours from specific courses identified by the School. 
  4. Evidence of competency in reading comprehension and writing as demonstrated by one of the following:
    1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or
    2. A composite SAT-R score of 1060 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
    3. A grade of "B" or higher in a course that meets the University's General Education English Composition I requirement.
  5. Evidence of competency in mathematics as shown by one of the following:
    1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or
    2. A composite SAT-R score of 1060 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
    3. A grade of "B" or better in a minimum of 3 credits of mathematics that meets the University's General Education mathematics requirement.
  6. Signed Criminal Background Check Acknowledgment Form

The LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education
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Akron, Ohio 44325-4201

The following information has official approval of The LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. 



General Education Requirements *12
Professional Education Core 15
Content Area25
Literacy Core12
Early Childhood Inclusion Core54
Student Teaching12
Total Hours130

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 36 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to multiple requirements. 


Recommended General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Students are not required to enroll in the specific courses listed below. However, to facilitate successful degree completion, the academic department strongly encourages completion of the following recommendations.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Mathematics for Early/Middle Teachers 1
Mathematics for Early/Middle Teachers 2
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Empires of the Ancient World
Humanities in the Western Tradition from Ancient Times to 1500
Humanities in the World since 1300
Visual Arts Awareness
Exploring Music: Bach to Rock
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Natural Science: Biology
Earth Science
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Earth Science
U.S. History to 1877
Domestic Diversity
U.S. History to 1877
Global Diversity
Empires of the Ancient World
Humanities in the World since 1300
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Urban Youth Mentoring
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Professional Education Core

EDFN:200Introduction to Education3
EDFN:220Educational Psychology3
EDCI:308Instructional Design and Assessment6
EDIS:225Introduction to Exceptionalities3
Total Hours15

 Content Area (may also fulfill General Education requirements)

Arts & Humanities
HIST:200Empires of the Ancient World3
HIST:210Humanities in the Western Tradition from Ancient Times to 15003
or HIST:221 Humanities in the World since 1300
ART:210Visual Arts Awareness3
or MUSIC:201 Exploring Music: Bach to Rock
or THEA:301 Introduction to Theatre Through Film
Social Sciences
GEOG:100Introduction to Geography3
HIST:250U.S. History to 18773
Natural Science
BIOL:103Natural Science: Biology4
GEOL:100Earth Science3
Complex Systems Affecting Society
EDCI:223Urban Youth Mentoring3
Total Hours25

Literacy Core

EDCI:240Foundations of Literacy3
EDCI:241Word Study, Phonics & Spelling3
EDCI:286Teaching Multiple Texts3
EDCI:445Assessment and Instruction in Literacy3
Total Hours12

Early Childhood Inclusion Core

MATH:140Fundamentals of Mathematics for Primary Educators3
MATH:240Mathematical Foundations for Early Childhood Educators3
CHFD:265Child Development3
EDPI:100Orientation to Early Childhood Specialist0
EDPI:215The Child, the Family, and the School3
EDPI:319Integrated Expressive Arts in Primary Grades3
EDPI:325Early Childhood Inclusive Practicum3
EDPI:333Science for Primary Teachers3
EDPI:338Social Studies for Primary Teachers3
EDPI:340Developmental Writing and Digital Literacies in Inclusive Early3
EDPI:352Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Primary Settings3
EDPI:330Building Understanding in Early Childhood Settings3
EDPI:454Inquiry Learning in Primary Inclusive Settings3
EDIS:448Individuals with Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs: Characteristics and Implications3
EDIS:450Special Education Programming for Primary Teachers3
EDIS:453Special Education Programming: Moderate/Intensive I3
EDIS:462Collaboration with Families and Professionals3
EDIS:463Assessment in Special Education3
EDIS:467Management Strategies in Special Education3
Total Hours54

Student Teaching

EDIS:470Clinical Practicum in Special Education3
EDPI:499Student Teaching in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings9
Total Hours12

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL:111 English Composition I 3
Introduction to Public Speaking
or Effective Oral Communication
or Professional Communications and Presentations
BIOL:103 Natural Science: Biology 4
GEOG:100 Introduction to Geography 3
Basic Statistics 1
or Statistics for Everyday Life
Spring Semester
ENGL:112 English Composition II 3
GEOL:100 Earth Science 3
HIST:250 U.S. History to 1877 3
CHFD:265 Child Development 3
Exploring Music: Bach to Rock
or Visual Arts Awareness
or Introduction to Theatre Through Film
2nd Year
Fall Semester
EDFN:200 Introduction to Education 3
EDFN:220 Educational Psychology 3
EDPI:100 Orientation to Early Childhood Specialist 0
EDIS:225 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3
MATH:140 Fundamentals of Mathematics for Primary Educators 3
EDCI:240 Foundations of Literacy 3
HIST:200 Empires of the Ancient World 3
Spring Semester
EDCI:241 Word Study, Phonics & Spelling 3
EDCI:308 Instructional Design and Assessment 6
Humanities in the Western Tradition from Ancient Times to 1500
or Humanities in the World since 1300
EDPI:215 The Child, the Family, and the School 3
MATH:240 Mathematical Foundations for Early Childhood Educators 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
EDPI:325 Early Childhood Inclusive Practicum 3
EDPI:330 Building Understanding in Early Childhood Settings 3
EDPI:352 Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Primary Settings 3
EDIS:448 Individuals with Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs: Characteristics and Implications 3
EDCI:223 Urban Youth Mentoring 3
EDCI:286 Teaching Multiple Texts 3
Spring Semester
EDIS:453 Special Education Programming: Moderate/Intensive I 3
EDIS:463 Assessment in Special Education 3
EDPI:338 Social Studies for Primary Teachers 3
EDPI:333 Science for Primary Teachers 3
EDPI:319 Integrated Expressive Arts in Primary Grades 3
EDCI:445 Assessment and Instruction in Literacy 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
EDIS:467 Management Strategies in Special Education 3
EDIS:462 Collaboration with Families and Professionals 3
EDIS:450 Special Education Programming for Primary Teachers 3
EDPI:340 Developmental Writing and Digital Literacies in Inclusive Early 3
EDPI:454 Inquiry Learning in Primary Inclusive Settings 3
Spring Semester
EDIS:470 Clinical Practicum in Special Education 3
EDPI:499 Student Teaching in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings 9
 Total Hours130-131