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Inclusive Education: Adolescence


Program Overview

Note: As of February, 2011, the New York State Education Department requires that all candidates for certification in Adolescence Education and Students with Disabilities (7–12) be enrolled in programs complying with new certification requirements for Adolescence with Students with Disabilities Generalist (7–12). The program detailed below has been submitted to NYSED for expedited approval to replace all former programs leading to Students with Disabilities (7–12) Content Specialist certification.

The Adolescence Education degree program is a dual certification program comprised of the Inclusive Education major with Certification Concentration in Adolescence (7–12) with Middle School extension (5–6), the content area major, and the Students with Disabilities (7–12) Generalist Certification Concentration. This program is designed to prepare candidates to teach in one of the following disciplines at the middle and adolescence levels (grades 5–6 and 7–12): Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, American Studies, History, English, French, and Spanish. In addition, candidates earn certification to teach students with disabilities in grades 7–12 as a Generalist. A Generalist is certified for employment as a supporting teacher for students with disabilities in content areas other than the candidate’s major area of study.

The requirements in the content specialty major are designed to meet college, New York State, and national standards in the content specialty areas. In certain cases, additional courses may be required. For dual certification in Adolescence Education and Students with Disabilities (7–12) Generalist, candidates are also required to successfully complete a set of courses and field experiences relating to pedagogical content in teacher education. The Inclusive Education major requires 31 credits. The certification concentration in Adolescence with Students with Disabilities Generalist (7–12) requires an additional 25 credits. The following degree programs qualify candidates for dual certification in a content specialty area that allows them to teach in grades 5–12:

  • B.S. Adolescence Education: Biology
  • B.S. Adolescence Education: Chemical Education
  • B.S. Adolescence Education: Physics
  • B.A. English: Adolescence Education
  • B.A. French: Adolescence Education
  • B.A. Mathematics: Adolescence Education
  • B.A. Social Studies: Adolescence Education (major may be in American Studies or History)
  • B.A. Spanish: Adolescence Education

Note: As required by NYSED, candidates enrolling in the new Inclusive Education major with Certification Concentration in Adolescence (7–12) and Middle School extension (5–6) and Students with Disabilities (7–12) program have a narrower range of acceptable Fisher Core courses than do students in other programs. Selected Fisher Core courses serve a double purpose in this program, but some courses that are approved as Fisher Core courses do not satisfy the requirements for this program. Candidates in this program need to work very closely with their academic advisors in selecting Fisher Core courses so that courses taken as part of the Fisher Core also satisfy content area requirements for this program.

Inclusive Education: Adolescence

For More Information

Jeff Liles
Chair of Undergraduate Programs in Inclusive Education
(585) 385-5264

(585) 385-8064