Dec 08, 2023
The inclusive adolescence education program is designed to provide the knowledge base to support student learning in content areas at the adolescence level, as well as to specifically meet the needs of students with disabilities in grades 7-12 by means of differentiated instruction and collaborative teaching. It enables Nazareth students to be knowledgeable about the characteristics of preadolescent and adolescent learners, and it provides the essential skills and methodologies to enable teachers to create student-focused and engaging lessons that are standards-based. This teacher certification program was developed in collaboration with liberal arts and sciences departments.
Students who complete this program will be recommended to the New York State Education Department for Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12 Generalist, in combination with initial teacher certification in one of the following content areas:
- English (major within English Department or Theatre Department)
- Languages: Chinese, French, Italian, or Spanish
- Social studies (major: History)
- Theatre (dual English Language Arts certification with Theatre option)
Students self-select for admittance into the inclusive adolescence education program. Please note: Students must have a liberal arts and sciences major; they may not major in inclusive adolescence education. Students can self-select at any time from their initial application to Nazareth University through their sophomore year. If a student has completed fewer than 45 credit hours, or has a GPA lower than 2.7, the student is accepted conditionally. Students need to maintain a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA to remain in the inclusive adolescence education program.
Before beginning junior level education coursework, students who have declared their intention to pursue the inclusive adolescence education program will be required to demonstrate their readiness to move forward. Application for continuance will include an overall cumulative GPA that meets or exceeds the 2.7 requirement. Required Education Course Credits: 36.
NYS Certification Requirements
- Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in their content area of certification.
- Two courses in the same foreign language or American Sign Language are required for students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, and one course in a foreign language or American Sign Language (three credits) is required for students earning a Bachelor of Science degree.
- Students must complete 6 credits in each of the following subjects, with a minimum grade of “C” or higher in each course (all courses are part of the liberal arts core requirements):
- Social Studies
Inclusive Adolescence Education Required Courses
- SPF 204 - History and Philosophy of Education Credits: 3
- ADOL 030 - Orientation for Professional Semester Credits: 0
- ADOL 410 - Principles of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for Diverse Secondary Learners Credits: 3
- LST 301 - Language, Literacy, and Culture Credits: 3
- EDU 475 - Health Education, Child Abuse, and Violence Prevention Workshop Credits: 0
- EDU 485 - Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training) Credits: 0
- ADOL 470 - Assessment for Adolescent Teaching and Learning Credits: 2
- ADOL 476 - Designing and Maintaining Positive Learning Environments Credits: 2
- ADOL 477 - Literacy Instruction for Diverse Secondary Learners Credits: 3
- ADOL 478 - Reflective Seminar Credits: 2
- ADOL 480 - Adolescent Development and Youth Leadership in School and Community Credits: 3
- Student Teaching and Curriculum Methodology: These courses hold the academic department acronym. These courses are numbered 457 (3 credits), Curriculum Methodology: Middle School and Senior High in the area of certification and 479 (6 credits), Student Teaching in the area of certification (e.g., HIS 457 or MTH 457).
REQUIRED COURSES - SUMMER TERM
Students must complete two summer courses (May and June) following the junior year.
*Note - summer tuition is required.
- ADIN 440 Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students With Disabilities Credits: 3
- ADIN 441 Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Secondary Learners Credits: 3 (this course requires 30 days of school-based practicum experience)