• Learn to differentiate instruction among diverse learners in grades 1-6 and be more employable as a dual-certified elementary teacher equipped for regular, special, and inclusive education.
  • Nazareth defines inclusion as a multi-faceted process in which every student, with or without special needs, is nurtured to pursue a meaningful life.
  • Benefit from Nazareth's accomplished faculty and clinically rich, innovative approaches to learning, which have given the College's inclusive education programs a long, proud history of transforming dedicated learners into well-prepared, effective educators in urban, rural and suburban schools.


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Classes are offered mostly evenings


Traditional (on-campus) and hybrid (half online) classes offered


Complete in as fast as 14-20 months full-time


Fieldwork in urban, suburban, and rural schools

Program Options

Initial Certification (48 credits)
Additional Certification at the Same Developmental Level (36 credits)
Additional Certification, Changing Developmental Level (39 credits)
Professional Certification at the Same Developmental Level (36 credits)

Curriculum Examples

  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Strategies for Complex Learners in an Inclusive Classroom
  • Diverse Learners Learning and Learning Environments
  • Science: Curriculum and Methodology
  • Math: Curriculum and Methodology
  • Literacy, Language Arts, and Social Studies: Curriculum and Methodology
  • Capstone Seminar

Value of your degree

  • Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers nationwide is projected to grow 12 percent by 2022, due to projected increases in enrollment and declines in student-teacher ratios, according to the U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • Openings vary by region. Many Nazareth education graduates work in the Rochester region, providing extensive practicum and networking opportunities.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Student's Perspective

"The childhood inclusion program at Nazareth helped me to discover my full potential as an inclusive educator by supporting my research-based curricular studies as well as my practical field experience training. The professors at Nazareth are passionate educators who believe in the ability of all learners."

Meghan Zumbo '12G, first-grade teacher at Victor Early Childhood School, Victor Central School District

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