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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 – 15 credits

  • EDUC 108 – Clinical Experience I (0)
  • 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 – 3-6 credits

  • EDUC 208 – Clinical Experience II (0)
  • EDUC 315 – Content Area Literacy (3)
  • EDUC 333 – Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Middle School (3)**

Methods II – 10 credits

  • EDUC 301 – Clinical Experience III (0)
  • 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: 40–43 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/Concentration Requirements

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

Fisher Liberal Arts Core Requirements

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

Core Requirements for Adolescence Program

The following course requirements 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. Students must take at least 6 credits (2 courses) in mathematics, 6 credits (2 courses) in science, 6 credits (2 courses) in English, 6 credits (2 courses) in social studies and 3 credits (one course) in a language other than English.

  • Mathematics courses (6 credits) - courses may be chosen from the subject areas of algebra, geometry or calculus.
  • Science courses (6 credits) - courses may be chosen from the subject areas of earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics
  • English courses (6 credits) -courses may be chosen from any ENGL subject designation; may also apply one course from a learning community as well as a research-based writing course, even though the course(s) may not carry the ENGL subject designation.
  • Social Studies courses (6 credits) - courses may be chosen from the subject areas of American studies, history, sociology, economics, political science, or geography.
  • Language other than English (3 credits) - course may be chosen from any foreign language other than English; a course in American Sign Language may apply as well.

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/concentration (teaching content field), the general education core, and the content requirements that provide coursework in all the New York Learning Standards.
  • Major in inclusive adolescence education — 40-43 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.