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. 

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 annotation/extension approval form, 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 »

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.