Why Choose Nazareth for Adolescence Education?

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.

Program Highlights

  • With the “four + one year” program option (completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years), undergraduates receive their initial teacher certification in four years, then choose from up to 13 different paths for graduate studies.
  • The option of dual certification in Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities increases the marketability of graduates and enhances their preparation for working with the diverse needs of adolescent learners.
  • The program boasts a high placement rate for its graduates along with superb career services support.
  • Nazareth also offers an extensive graduate program with additional teacher certifications.

Possible Majors and Certifications

Majors for Single Certification
Majors for Dual Certification

Contact Information

Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Chairperson / Associate Professor / Undergraduate Program Director in Adolescence Education
Golisano Academic Center 299
Jessica Tette, alum of secondary education degree program, teacher certification in Rochester NY

Alumni Spotlight

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.

Example Careers

  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Community college instructor
  • College or high school athletic team coach
  • Museum educator

Fieldwork/Student Teaching

  • Rochester City School District
  • Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
  • Norman Howard School
  • Fairport Schools
  • Spencerport Schools
  • Leeds, England
  • Aquinas Institute

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Webster Thomas High School
  • Jefferson Community College
  • St. Johnsbury Academy, Vt.
  • Siena Catholic Academy
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • American University