Annotation (6 credits)

  • Deepen your understanding of teaching students with severe or multiple disabilities. 
  • You’ll focus on students with challenging behaviors and how to use inclusive, strength-based approaches.
  • Completion of this two-course sequence will lead to an annotation on your New York state teacher certification that indicates this special preparation.
  • If you have, or are getting, a special education certification and you are also enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism (I-SPAN) specialization, your cost for the autism courses and for the severe/multiple disabilities courses may be covered by a federal grant. See the I-SPAN Scholars webpage for details.

Program is Ideal For

  • Graduate students at Nazareth College that have or are working toward certification in students with disabilities. (These courses can fulfill elective credits in inclusive education degree programs.)
  • Professionally certified teachers seeking additional education to teach students with severe or multiple disabilities.

Career Information

  • These courses are good preparation for working in any classroom setting that includes students with severe or multiple disabilities.


Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, partner benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for education graduate degrees.

What to Expect
  • 50 hours of fieldwork with students with challenging behaviors
  • Complete the program by taking one course in the spring and one in early summer

  • Seminar in Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors in Inclusive Settings
  • Strategies for Breaking the Conflict Cycle and Teaching Students with Challenging Behaviors 

  • If you are not enrolled in a Nazareth graduate program, complete and submit the post-Master's certificate application, including signed permission of the program director. Deadlines are on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer terms.
  • Nazareth graduate students pursue this extension by signing up for the required courses. (No application.)

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions »