Why Choose Nazareth for Adolescence Education?

Middle and high school teachers fill many roles: educators, role models, mentors, allies, coaches, and advocates. In preparing you to teach the challenging and rewarding population of 7th- through 12th-graders, Nazareth teaches about the characteristics of adolescent learners, the skills and methodologies needed to reach teenagers 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 your knowledge and passion for your subject into your work with middle school and high school learners.

The secondary education degree program has strong ties to the liberal arts and to its content areas. This flexibility means you 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), you can receive initial teacher certification in four years, then choose from as many as 13 paths for graduate studies.
  • By taking two optional summer courses after junior year, as most students in this program do, earn dual certification in Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities, which increases your marketability and your preparation for working with the diverse needs of adolescent learners.
  • High placement rate and superb career services support.
  • Extensive graduate programs with additional teacher certifications right at Nazareth.

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 261

Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame, Ed.M. & Ph.D., State University of New York At Buffalo.

Teaching and Research Interests: English education; Adolescent literacy & pedagogy; media literacy and media arts.

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.

Meant to Teach

    Nazareth College educates the best teachers you know.

    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