• For secondary educators (middle school, junior high, or high school: grades 7-12).
  • Be more employable and well prepared with this inclusive (special education) adolescence dual certification.
  • Choose the right secondary education master’s degree for you — whether you have no previous teaching certification, general-education content certification (grade 7-12), or certification for teaching younger grades.


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Classes are late afternoon/evenings


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


Complete in as fast as 12 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 (36 credits)

Curriculum Examples

  • Strategies for Differentiated Planning Teaching and Assessment for Diverse Secondary Classrooms
  • Diverse Adolescent Learners
  • Strategies for Teaching Literacy in Adolescent Content Areas
  • Individualized Education Programs
  • Transition Planning and Services for Adolescents with Disabilities
  • Capstone Seminar

Value of your Degree

  • Dual-certification in both general and special education grades 7-12 positions you well for employment.
  • Graduates work as content area teachers who are well prepared for diverse classrooms, and as consultant teachers, resource room teachers, integrated co-teachers, and self-contained special education classroom teachers.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are all options to help you pay for this master's degree.


From the Field

"Nazareth's School of Education provided me with practical knowledge that I could directly apply. I quickly recognized how well prepared I was for teaching in the real world."

Allegra Quercia '14G, who became an algebra teacher in Nashville, Tenn., and then managed educational consultants in multiple states for YouScience, LLC

"Drawing on personal experiences in the field, Nazareth's professors were able to give real-life knowledge and advice. Nazareth's program made it possible for me to do the thing I love — making influential change in the lives of youth."

Kaitlin Fisher '13, who became a special education teacher in Virginia and then an English teacher for Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District

What to Expect

Program Director

Jim Black

Jim Black

Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Inclusive Adolescence Education Program in Education, School of
Golisano Academic Center 201

Education: B.A., SUNY Albany; M.S. Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Inclusive Education Program Models, Systems Change, Differentiated Instruction; Learning Strategies and Assistive Technology.

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