Female student teacher with young student writing
Inclusive Childhood Education
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Inclusive Childhood Education

It has been said that if you want to make a difference in the world, become a teacher. You can make a difference—in your life and the lives of future generations—by enrolling in Fisher’s inclusive childhood education program.

The program is deemed “inclusive” because, as an undergraduate education candidate, you will work toward dual certification in general education and special education. Combine that with a second, required content major and you have the makings of an education that leaves your career options wide open.

As early as your first semester of freshman year, you'll have access to a dedicated education candidate advisor who can help you create a long-term plan to meet all your major and degree requirements.

Program Overview

The inclusive childhood education major requires 55 credits. You will also complete a second major in one of the following content areas:

  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics (statistics major)
  • Social Studies (American studies or history major)
  • Spanish

Other choices of a second major are possible through consultation with the department chair. Your content-area major is identical to the content major of a non-education student. The second major may require candidates to complete more than the minimum 120 credits required for degree completion.

As an inclusive childhood education major, you will take an additional 15 liberal arts courses that meet the College Core requirements. To meet New York State core requirements for the program, you are also required to earn a minimum of 35 credits in content core classes. Many of the designated content core courses may also fulfill requirements of the College Core.

In addition, you will be required to successfully complete a set of courses and field experiences relating to pedagogical content in teacher education.

Life After Fisher

With a B.S. degree in inclusive childhood education from Fisher, you are qualified to teach in a variety of settings and capacities. Graduates of this program have gone on to hold positions in the following regional locations:

  • Third grade teacher within the Penfield Central School District
  • Second grade teacher of dual language subjects at Rochester’s Enrico Fermi School No. 17
  • Elementary special education teacher within the Rochester City School District
  • Literacy coach at French Road Elementary School
  • Speech therapist at the Arc of Orleans County Rainbow Preschool
  • Male student-athlete reading to children.
    Why Teach?

    As a teacher, you will be a highly-trained, forward-thinking professional. Entering the teaching profession today will set you on a path of discovery.

    Benefits of Teaching

Fisher sets its students up for success. The faculty and staff motivate and support their students to ensure that everyone can succeed in their courses as well as during their fieldwork placements. ”


Brendan Hamilton
  • Brendan Hamilton '14
  • Math Teacher, Tomlinson Middle School (Fairfield, Conn.)