Cazenovia College recently received confirmation from the New York State Education Department that three new programs were approved and are now part of the institution’s academic offerings.
Students who complete the programs will receive a dual major in Inclusive Adolescence Education and one of three subject areas (Biology, English or Social Science) and become eligible for initial New York State teacher certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities (grades 7-12) as well as teacher certification in a content area (Biology, English or Social Studies, grades 7-12).
According to Cazenovia College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Sharon Dettmer
, PhD, “Cazenovia is excited to add to its already existing education programs in Inclusive Early Childhood and Inclusive Elementary Education.” Dettmer also emphasized the unique aspect of the dual major and the program’s link to teaching students with disabilities. “Students who are majoring in Biology, English or Social Science now have the opportunity to use their dual degrees to teach at the middle school and high school levels.”
Special features of the new education programs include professional semester and field placements in multiple middle and high schools in the surrounding areas, as well as the opportunity for students, following their junior years, to study strategies for teaching children with disabilities and working with adolescents with disabilities.
Students who seek dual teacher certification in Inclusive Adolescence Education are required to complete all of the requirements for a major in Biology, English or Social Sciences and the 42-credit core of the Inclusive Adolescence Education program, as well as the General Education requirements of Cazenovia College.