Why Choose Nazareth for Childhood Education?

How do you give attention to one child while managing a class of 25? What are creative ways to engage a community of learners? How do you capture young hearts and minds and inspire them to reach their potential? The rewards and challenges of teaching in today’s classrooms are many.

Nazareth’s unique multiple certification program prepares candidates to apply for teacher certification in four different areas of general and special education, which leads to better preparation for the classroom and more employment options. Students graduate with two full academic majors, one in inclusive early childhood/childhood education and one in the liberal arts and sciences. The childhood education degree program boasts a high placement rate for its graduates along with superb career services support.

Program Highlights

  • Classes concentrate on child development, learner characteristics, differentiated instruction, culturally responsive teaching, and special education. They focus on inclusive education and preparing teachers to teach all students (not simply a “dual” certification program).
  • Unique to Nazareth, most courses are taught on-site in local primary and elementary schools, which enables immediate connections between theory and practice and provides hands-on experience in the classroom throughout the program.
  • Candidates are placed in a variety of settings, including urban, rural, and suburban schools.
  • Many opportunities are available for special projects, tutoring, supporting primary and elementary learners, and study abroad in countries such as England, Tanzania, Hungary, Germany, and France.
  • Nazareth also offers an extensive graduate program with additional teacher certifications.
  • With the “four + one year” program option (completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years), undergraduates receive their initial certification in four years, then choose one of 13 different paths for graduate studies or teaching.

Possible Majors and Certifications

Majors
Certifications

Contact Information

Kathleen M. DaBoll-Lavoie

Kathleen M. DaBoll-Lavoie

Professor & Chair
585-389-2618
kdaboll9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 296A
Lucas Hiley, alum of the childhood education degree program, teacher certification in Rochester NY

Alumni Spotlight: Lucas Hiley '03

Assistant Principal, Dudley Elementary School, Fairport, N.Y.

“My professional successes are directly related to my experiences as a graduate of Nazareth's inclusive education certification. My most meaningful learning experiences took place in site-based classrooms taught by professors who enhanced the study of theory by using their experiences from their own classrooms."

Example Careers

  • Elementary teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Early childhood intervention specialist
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Museum educator
  • Preschool educator
  • UPK teacher

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Rochester City School District
  • Quest Elementary School (Hilton)
  • Discovery Charter School
  • Leeds, England
  • French Road Elementary School (Brighton)
  • Ivan Green Primary School (East Irondequoit)
  • Hope Hall

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Monroe County school districts
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Prince William County School District
  • Hillside Foundation of Agencies
  • BOCES
  • Syracuse University

Scholarship Opportunity

The Robert Noyce Scholar Program at Nazareth College awards undergraduate scholarships and graduate stipends to students pursuing teaching careers in math and science in high-need schools. Learn more.