Why Choose Nazareth for Special Education?

New York State special education teacher certification is known as Teaching Students with Disabilities. Students interested in certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities first select the age/grade level at which they wish to teach (early childhood/childhood or adolescence).

Students can graduate from Nazareth with certifications in both general and special education, but our programs are much broader than that in their scope. Here, learning to teach a wide range of students is woven into everything we do. Classes concentrate on child development, learner characteristics, differentiated instruction, and culturally responsive teaching as well as special education. The focus is on inclusive education, designing productive learning environments for all learners, and the preparation of teachers to teach all students.

Possible Certifications

Nazareth offers certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities and in general education at every level:

Contact Information

Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Chairperson / Associate Professor / Undergraduate Program Director in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
mcallah5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 261
Bio

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.

Jennie Schaff

Jennie Schaff

Associate Professor in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-2957
jschaff2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 287
Bio

Education: B.S. and M.S., Simmons College; Ph.D., George Mason University

Teaching and Research Interests: Assistive technology, web design, and special education.

Proudest Moments: Dr. Schaff is proud to have led the 2008 March of Remembrance and Hope trip with 20 Nazareth Students who traveled through German and Poland with Holocaust Survivors. Together they studied Eastern European History as well as genocides occurring in our world today.

Michael Black, alum of special education degree, teaching students with disabilities certification

Spotlight: Michael Black '14

West Irondequoit Central School District special education teacher and Together Including Every Student (TIES) program coordinator

"At Nazareth I learned the importance of differentiating my instruction to meet the needs of all learners in my classroom and that all students are capable of being successful. The path they take to get there may look different and require a different type of support. A whole student approach, as well as an emphasis on backwards planning, are just a few ways that the inclusion program has helped shape my teaching as a professional."

Meant to Teach

    Nazareth College educates the best teachers you know.

    Example Careers

    • Special education teacher
    • Early childhood intervention specialist
    • Youth services consultant
    • Childcare services educator
    • Consultant teacher

    Fieldwork/Student Teaching

    • Rochester City School District
    • Hope Hall
    • Norman Howard School
    • BOCES
    • Victor Central School District
    • Lois Bird School
    • Greece Central School District