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What Can You Do with a Unified Early Childhood/Special Education Degree?

The education department offers an exciting and forward-looking unified early childhood education program to prepare future educators to teach an increasingly diverse school population. Students in the early childhood program are eligible for certification in both childhood and special education from birth to grade 2. This dual certification provides many opportunities for employment in a variety of school and agency settings. The special education component is of particular value when working with young children.

The hallmark of a Keuka education is the yearly, 140-hour, off-campus learning experience that is done by our students. This program allows out students to take the concepts that they are learning in the classroom and apply them in real educational settings.

Students are required to do, in addition to their student teaching experience, a minimum of two educational Field Periods, one in a regular educational setting and one in a special education setting.

Learn more about majoring in Unified Early Childhood/Special Education at Keuka College.

Unified Early Childhood/Special Education Internships & Field Periods

Students working toward a unified early childhood/special education degree at Keuka College must complete a 140-hour internship each year—we call this Field Period.

Here's where some of our unified early childhood/special education students have recently done their Field Periods. All of these organizations have indicated they'd be interested in hosting Keuka students in the future.

AMG International Short-Term Teams/Mission Adventures
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Auburn City School District
Auburn, N.Y.
BASCOL Child Care
Liverpool, N.Y.
Bath Community Child Day Care
Bath, N.Y.
Bloomfield Central School District
Bloomfield, N.Y.
Brockport Central School District
Brockport, N.Y.
Busy Bee Daycare
Amsterdam, N.Y.
Camp Awhaga
Owego, N.Y.
Camp Cedar
Casco, Maine
Campbell-Savona Central School District
Savona, N.Y.
Canaseraga Central School District
Canaseraga, N.Y.
Cato-Meridian Central School District
Cato, N.Y.
Christ The King School
Rochester, N.Y.
Clyde Savannah Central School Disctrict
Clyde, N.Y.
East Syracuse Minoa School District
East Syracuse, N.Y.
Fairfax County Public Schools
Lorton, Va.
Family Enrichment Network
Johnson City, N.Y.
Geneseo Central School District
Geneseo, N.Y.
Geneva City School District
Geneva, N.Y.
Geneva General Hospital
Geneva, N.Y.
Gorham-Middlesex Central School District
Gorham, N.Y.
Hamburg Central School District
Hamburg, N.Y.
Landimere Realty
Newark, N.Y.
Livonia Central School District
Livonia, N.Y.
Our Children's Place
Clifton Springs, N.Y.
Over the Rainbow Christian Pre-K
Chittenango, N.Y.
Oxford Academy Primary School
Oxford, N.Y.
Penn Yan Central School District
Penn Yan, N.Y.
Prattsburgh Central School
Prattsburgh, N.Y.
Rome City School District
Rome, N.Y.
Skoi-Yase Elementary School
Waterloo, N.Y.
Springs School
East Hampton, N.Y.
St. James Mercy Health Daycare
Hornell, N.Y.
St. Michael School
Newark, N.Y.
Summer in the City Program
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Syracuse City School District
Syracuse, N.Y.
The Tot Spot
Ontario, N.Y.
Waverly Central School District
Waverly, N.Y.
Wayne Central Schools
Ontario Center, N.Y.
Wellness G.I.F.T.S.
Bath, N.Y.
Wolcott Central School District
Wolcott, N.Y.

Unified Early Childhood/Special Education Major Skills

What type of skills do Unified Early Childhood/Special Education majors need to be successful? Here's a sampling.

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities
  • Creativity
  • Decision making skills
  • Enthusiasm & energy
  • Motivational skills
  • Organizational abilities
  • Problem solving
  • Program planning
  • Record-keeping skills
  • Research
  • Strong verbal
  • written & communication skills

What Can I Do with a Unified Early Childhood/Special Education Degree?

With a Unified Early Childhood/Special Education degree, you can find a career in the following:

  • 1st to 6th grade childhood/special education teacher
  • Adoption counselor
  • Bookstore owner
  • Camp counselor
  • Children’s book author
  • Community Orgs: Red Cross
  • Day care professional
  • Human service agency educator
  • Post secondary educational professor
  • Private school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Textbook editor
  • YMCA etc

Average Annual Salary

$30,330 (elementary), $33,108 (special education) National Association of Colleges and Employers, Salary Survey: 2006-2007