Bachelor of Arts
The Inclusive Adolescence Education Program prepares students for New York State initial teacher certification in Adolescence Education, Biology (7-12) and in Teaching Students with Disabilities, (7-12). The Inclusive Adolescence Education Program requires that students major in Biology and complete requirements for a major in Inclusive Adolescence Education: Biology. The courses in the program give students instruction and experience working with students with disabilities in inclusive settings and in self-contained classrooms. Because the coursework approaches education topics from an intersectional lens, issues of inclusion cannot be separated from the core of the Adolescence program. All students who seek New York State certification in 7-12 education must complete the dual certification track in one content area and in Teaching Students with Disabilities (7-12).
Student Learning Goals:
- To prepare students to understand and integrate knowledge of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development, with understandings of disabilities and multiculturalism, and to constructively assess and evaluate student needs, abilities, and developmental and academic progress;
- To prepare student to teach appropriate 7-12 content in accordance with the pertinent learning standards for New York State, and to develop and implement a standards-based curriculum that produces students who are college and career-ready.
- To prepare students to effectively use a variety of teaching strategies and methodologies, and to incorporate the use of a variety of technologies into their instructional repertoires; and
- To prepare students to work collaboratively with fellow students and other stakeholders and to act ethically and responsibly in decision-making and in their interactions.
The program's professional semester and field placements occur in multiple middle and high schools in the Syracuse City School district and surrounding areas. Students also spend a summer at Cazenovia College after their junior year studying strategies for teaching students with disabilities and working in summer programs and schools with adolescents with disabilities.
Entry in the Inclusive Adolescence Education Program: Any student may enroll in the initial 100 and 200-level courses. However, each student who wishes to pursue dual Adolescence teacher certification must submit an application to the director of the program with an official college transcript. Students must meet certain criteria to be admitted into the program. Inclusive Adolescence Education students must earn and maintain a GPA of 2.75 in their education coursework, and receive a B- or higher in ED 251: Introduction to Inclusive Practices: Literacy and Universal Design.
In order to be given a student teaching placement, Inclusive Adolescence Education students must pass ED 461: Pedagogy and Practice: Methods for Science Teachers with a B- or higher. Students who fail to meet the grade requirements to be placed in student teaching will still receive a bachelor's degree in their content area if they have met all of the content major requirements. In addition, students who have passed all of their education coursework and have completed at least 18 education credits can receive a minor in education from the college. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be advised at the end of their junior year on paths to degree completion without teacher certification.
Students who seek dual teacher certification in Adolescence Education are required to complete all of the requirements for a major in Biology and the 42 credit pedagogical core of the Inclusive Adolescence Education program, the four non-credit workshops (ED 090, 091, 092 and 093), the General Education requirements of the college. In addition students must complete at least one 3 credit language course (LG), two science courses with labs (8), two courses in English and two courses in History/Geography. Students are encouraged to work closely with the Director of the Inclusive Adolescence Education program early in their college career to develop a schedule that allows all of these requirements to be met in four years and a summer.
In addition, students must independently obtain fingerprinting clearance, pass all the required New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and apply and pay for their two certifications in order to be recommended by Cazenovia College for New York State teacher certification in Adolescence Education (7-12) and In Teaching Students with Disabilities (7-12).