• This 30-credit program for international students provides strong teacher preparation through courses and through authentic field work experiences in schools
  • Elective classes allow a choice in focus on early childhood curriculum, childhood curriculum, literacy, special education, or classroom environments
  • Benefit from Nazareth's accomplished faculty, clinically rich program, and 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


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Classes are mostly evenings


Traditional (on-campus) classes, a few hybrid (half online) classes offered


Complete in as fast as 12 months full-time

Program Options

Choose an elective cluster of 12 credits in one of the following areas

  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Childhood Curriculum (grades 1-6)
  • Literacy
  • Special Education
  • Classroom Environment

Curriculum examples

  • Teacher Learner Research and Inquiry
  • Diverse Learners Learning and Learning Environments
  • Differentiated Curriculum/Instruction and Collaborative Practice
  • Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
  • Supporting Student with Challenging Behaviors
  • Internship in Inclusive Education
  • Exploring Autism

Making Grad School Affordable

Graduate assistantships (work on campus) may help you pay for this grad degree.


Professor's Perspective

"Representatives from our partner universities outside of the United States have expressed a significant need to equip teachers with skills to support more complex learners in the classrooms of today. This program is ideal for students from countries outside the United States who want to increase their knowledge and skills of educational pedagogy and practice and are not seeking certification to teach in New York state. "

Ellen Contopidis, Professor and Program Director

What to Expect 

  • A blend of classroom instruction and on-site experience
  • Site-based classes at local partner schools and educational settings
  • Learn ways to address the needs of all learners in a classroom



How to Apply

Program Director

Cindy McPhail

Cindy McPhail

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director of the Bilingual Extension Program, Interim Director, Graduate Inclusive Childhood Education Programs
Golisano Academic Center 294

Education: B.A., Hamilton College; Ed.M. & Ph.D., State University of New York Buffalo

Teaching and Research Interests: TESOL; language acquisition; bilingual education; elementary education, reading fluency (prosidy), English language learners.

Proudest Moments: Dr. McPhail is proud of a federal grant for more than $1 million that allowed Nazareth College to host the ELL Consortium for 5 years and to begin the bilingual extension program. That program provides an important service to the greater Rochester community in a specialty in which it is perennially difficult to recruit appropriately certified teachers.

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