The inclusive adolescence education degree program is a dual certification program comprised of the inclusive adolescence education major and a content area major. The program results in certification in Adolescence Education (grades 7–12) in the chosen content area with Middle School Extension (grades 5–6) and Students with Disabilities Generalist (grades 7–12). This program is designed to prepare candidates to teach in one of the following disciplines at the middle and adolescence levels (grades 5–12): 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 Generalist (7–12), candidates are also required to successfully complete a set of courses and field experiences relating to pedagogical content in teacher education. The inclusive adolescence education major requires 46 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. Inclusive Adolescence Education: Biology
- B.S. Inclusive Adolescence Education: Chemical Education
- B.S. Inclusive Adolescence Education: Physics
- B.S. Inclusive Adolescence Education: English
- B.S. Inclusive Adolescence Education: French
- B.S. Inclusive Adolescence Education: Mathematics
- B.S. Inclusive Adolescence Education: Social Studies (major may be in American Studies or History)
- B.S. Inclusive Adolescence Education: Spanish
Note: As required by NYSED, candidates enrolling in the inclusive adolescence education major with certification in Adolescence Education (7–12) with Middle School Extension (5–6) and Students with Disabilities Generalist (7–12), 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.