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 secondary education 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.
This secondary education degree program has strong ties to the liberal arts and to its content areas. The 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 secondary education 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 you for the workforce; international student teaching opportunities are also available.
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.
Biology and inclusive adolescence education major. Became a science special education teacher at Greece Athena High School, N.Y., and went on for a master’s in educational technology at Nazareth.
“My friends in education at other colleges had to find classrooms to observe, and they sat in the back. Nazareth placed me in specific settings and pushed me to jump in and assist the teachers. I started working in one of the districts the day I graduated. I rely on the student-centered, hands-on strategies I learned, such as taking my students out to a stream near our building to measure water contamination.”