Why Choose Nazareth for Early Childhood and Elementary 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 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. 

Get Hired

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.)

Program Highlights

  • Classes concentrate on child development, learner characteristics, differentiated instruction, culturally responsive teaching, and special education. Become prepared 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.
  • You'll be placed in a variety of settings, including urban, rural, and suburban schools.
  • Extracurricular opportunities to work with children through Nazareth include Saturday Art for Children classes, Partners for Serving, Partners for Learning, Mary's Place, and Saint's Place.
  • Program requires one course and fieldwork/practicum during the summer after junior year, enabling you to be recommended for four certifications upon graduation.
  • 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), receive your initial certification in four years, then choose one of 13 different paths for graduate studies or teaching.
  • Nazareth is nationally recognized for its Fulbright student scholars, and more than half of the College's awardees in recent years have been education students.

Grants for Urban Education

New York state residents from groups historically underrepresented in the teaching field who enroll full-time in this degree program and are committed to teaching in high-need urban schools can apply to Nazareth for a Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) award that could cover up to half the tuition cost.

Possible Majors and Certifications

Majors
Certifications

Contact Information

Shanna M. Jamanis

Shanna M. Jamanis

Associate Professor & Chair in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2622
sjamani9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 257
Bio

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.

Marissa Evans, alum of elementary & early childhood education degree with NYS teacher certification

Alumni Spotlight: Marissa Evans '13, '14G

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."

Meant to Teach

    Nazareth College educates the best teachers you know.

    Example Careers

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

    Internships/Field Experiences

    • Ivan Green Primary School (East Irondequoit)
    • Discovery Charter School
    • Victor Primary School
    • Victor Intermediate School
    • School 12
    • School 25
    • School 58

    Employers

    • Schools throughout Monroe County, including in the Rochester, Fairport, Greece, West Irondequoit, Victor, and Brighton school districts
    • Schools across New York state, including in the Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and downstate areas
    • Schools in other states, including Maryland and Virginia
    • Early-childhood and childhood agencies throughout New York state, such as Hillside Foundation of Agencies