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 you 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. 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 provides superb career services support and boasts a high job placement rate.
We often receive requests from districts for Nazareth alumni. Information collected from the Class of 2015 found that none were seeking employment, 70% had gone on to grad programs, and 64% were employed. (Some alums are employed and in graduate school.)
Education: B.A., SUNY College at Geneseo; M.S., SUNY at Albany; Ph.D., University of Oregon.
Teaching and Research Interests: Autism spectrum disorders, personnel preparation; multiple perspectives and social model of disability; diverse learners; positive behavioral support; pre-service teacher education; instructional design; special education; systemic change.
Special education teacher, Northside Elementary School, Fairport, N.Y.
"Nazareth’s site-based classes allowed me to take what I was learning within the classroom and immediately apply it in my day-to-day life. The professors at Nazareth were honest and sincere in their teaching as they carefully guided their students to become teachers themselves. The inclusive early childhood/childhood education major pushed me to step outside my comfort zone and reach my highest potential as an educator."