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. 

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.
  • Opportunities for special projects include tutoring, supporting primary and elementary learners, and study abroad in countries such as England, Hungary, Germany, and France.
  • 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.

Possible Majors and Certifications


Contact Information

Shanna M. Jamanis

Shanna M. Jamanis

Associate Professor & Chair in Inclusive Childhood Education
Golisano Academic Center 257

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.

Lucas Hiley, alum of elementary & early childhood education degree with NYS teacher certification

Alumni Spotlight: Lucas Hiley '03

Principal, Laurelton-Pardee Intermediate School, E. Irondequoit, 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."

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

    • 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