Middle and high school teachers fill many roles: educators, role models, mentors, allies, coaches, and advocates. In preparing students to teach the challenging and rewarding population of 7th through 12th graders, Nazareth teaches them about the characteristics of adolescent learners, the skills and methodologies needed to reach young adults at different learning levels, and how to use classroom technology to capture their imaginations. Nazareth adolescence faculty work closely with Nazareth content-area faculty to help teacher candidates bring their knowledge and passion for their subject into their work with adolescent learners.
The secondary education degree program has strong ties to the liberal arts and to its content areas. This flexibility means students graduate with a content major and a single or dual certification in teaching grades 7 through 12. Methods classes are taught within the content-major department by NYS-certified professors who have public school teaching experience. All adolescent classes have ongoing partnerships and fieldwork in secondary schools that go well beyond New York State fieldwork requirements. An intensive 14-week student teaching program, longer than many comparable programs, prepares students for the workforce; international student teaching opportunities are also available.
In recent years, several adolescence education graduates like Jessica Tette '12 have received prestigious U.S. Junior Fulbright Awards and gone on to study and teach internationally in countries such as Germany, Colombia, and Spain. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright program is America’s flagship international education exchange.