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Inclusive Adolescence Education Program Requirements

The inclusive adolescence education degree program results in certification in adolescence education (grades 7–12) in the chosen content area and students with disabilities generalist (grades 7–12).

B.S. in Inclusive Education - Adolescence

For students majoring in inclusive adolescence education, all credit-bearing courses in the requirements section below are used in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Note: Candidates must earn a grade of “C” or higher in each of the following courses required for certification in order to move to the next course. Courses in which the candidate has earned a grade lower than a “C” must be repeated.


Foundations Sequence - 16 credits

  • EDUC 103 - Foundational Seminar in Education (1)
  • EDUC 201 - Schools, Ability, and Learning (3)
  • EDUC 202 - Introduction to Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
  • EDUC 204 - Educational Technology (3)
  • EDUC 211 - Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
  • ITED 228C - P3 Adolescent Development (3)*

Methods I - 7 credits

  • EDUC 203 - Field Seminar I (1)
  • EDUC 315 - Content Area Literacy (3)
  • EDUC 333 - Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Middle School (3)**

Methods II - 11 credits

  • EDUC 303 - Advanced Clinical Seminar (1)
  • EDUC 415 - Differentiated Literacy Instruction: Middle Childhood and Adolescence (3)
  • EDUC 46_ - Integrated Practice Content Area Education (3)
  • EDUC 471 - Management in Inclusive, Collaborative Classroom Communities (4)

Student Teaching - 12 credits

  • EDUC 101 - Issues in Student Health and Safety (0)
  • EDUC 424 - Education for Social Justice (3)
  • EDUC 486 - Student Teaching Seminar: Adolescence (1)
  • EDUC 489 - Student Teaching: Adolescence (4)
  • EDUC 499 - Student Teaching: Inclusive Education 7–12 (4)

Total: 46 credits

*PSYC 100C - P3 Introduction to Psychology is a required prerequisite for ITED 228C.

**Although the required course for middle school extension —EDUC 333— is included in the above program, the choice to pursue this certification (and therefore to take this course) is optional.

Content Area Major Requirements

Students must complete a second major in American studies, biology, chemical education, English, French, history, mathematics, physics, or Spanish. Please refer to individual majors’ catalog pages for requirements.

Fisher Liberal Arts Core Requirements

The St. John Fisher College Core curriculum, consisting of 15 courses, establishes the centrality of the liberal arts in the academic experience by creating a common foundation of intellectual and practical skills. Many of the requirements in the Core may be met by courses the student completes in the inclusive adolescence education and content majors. Likewise, some of the Fisher Core courses (not all) may meet New York state content requirements for the dual certification program.

Inclusive adolescence education students must complete two courses in a language other than English. The two-course sequence must be in the same language for a minimum of six credits, and must come from a traditional foreign language. American Sign Language DOES meet this requirement. The student must earn grades of "C" or above in the language sequence. Two courses in a traditional foreign language also meet the Perspectives 5 area of the College's Core.

Core Requirements for Adolescence Program

The following list of courses are approved to fulfill New York state requirements for the dual certification, students with disabilities 7–12 generalist program. Candidates must earn a grade of "C" or higher in each of these courses required for certification. Fisher Core designations are included in the listings for those students who may wish to choose courses that meet both Core Requirements. Students must take at least 6 credits (2 courses) in mathematics, 6 credits (2 courses) in science, 6 credits (2 courses) in English, and 6 credits (2 courses) in social studies. Please note that a single course may not fulfill a requirement in more than one area.

Mathematics courses - select two from the following list: MATH 114C (P4), MATH 115C (P4), MATH 130C (SQ), MATH 119C (P4), MATH 120C (P4), MATH 122C (P4), MATH 170 (P4)

Science courses - select two from the following list: BIOL 101C (P4), BIOL 104C (P4), BIOL 105C (P4), BIOL 106C (SQ), BIOL 107C (SQ), BIOL 108C (P4), BIOL 109C (P4), BIOL 110 (SQ), BIOL 111, BIOL 116C (P4), BIOL 117 (P4), BIOL 120C (P4), BIOL 206 (SQ), CHEM 103C (P4), CHEM 120C (P4), PHYS 111C (P4), PHYS 112C (P4), PHYS 121C (P4), PHYS 122C (P4), PHYS 131C (P4), PHYS 132C (P4)

English courses - select two from the following list: AMST 205D (P1), AMST 217 (P1), AMST 234D (P1), AMST 300D (P1), ENGL 207C (P1), ENGL 210 (P1), ENGL 211 (P1), ENGL 212C(P1), ENGL 214D (P1), ENGL 215C (P1), ENGL 218C (P1), ENGL 220C (P1), ENGL 226C (P1), ENGL 230 (P1), ENGL 231C (P1), ENGL 236D (CC), ENGL 248 (P5), ENGL 262P (CC), ENGL 263C (P1), ENGL 293 (P1), ENGL 294, ENGL 295 (P1), ENGL 297, ENGL 298, ENGL 312C (P1)

Social Studies courses - select two from the following list: AMST 101P (P3), AMST 140, AMST 180D (CC), AMST 190, AMST 210P (P3), AMST 216 (P2), AMST 233D (P1), AMST 234D (P1), AMST 237P (P3), AMST 273P (P5), HIST 101D (P3), HIST 102D (P3), HIST 103D (P3), HIST 104D (P3), HIST 116D (P2), HIST 202 (P1), HIST 208, HIST 237D (P1), HIST 250C (P2), HIST 291D (P3), HIST 292D (P3)

Certification Requirements

Qualification for New York State Initial Certification in Adolescence Education (7–12) with Middle School Extension (5–6) and Students With Disabilities Generalist (7–12)

Candidates must successfully complete the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree program, which includes at least 30 credits in the liberal arts major (teaching content field)
  • Major in inclusive adolescence education — 46 credits
  • At least 150 hours of successful field experiences prior to student teaching, at least 50 hours of which focus on the needs of students with disabilities
  • Student teaching experience (partially in a general education placement and partially in a special education/inclusion placement)
  • New York state teacher certification examinations: edTPA, EAS, and Content Specialty Tests (CST) for the subject area and for students with disabilities
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Child abuse and school violence prevention workshops

Upon completing the program of study and passing the required New York state certification exams, candidates qualify for the initial teaching certificates with dual certification in adolescence education content area (7–12) with optional middle school extension (5–6), and students with disabilities generalist (7–12). The initial certificates expire after five years, at which time candidates must have met the requirements for the professional certificate.

Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.