Dr. Lucia Guarino, Chair
The mission of the hybrid Master of Science in Inclusive Adolescence Education, Grades 5-12 program is to provide a quality educational experience that prepares candidates for distinguished careers in inclusive education and for leadership roles in schools and communities. The Inclusive Education program develops candidates’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions that educators need in order to effectively teach students at the adolescence levels, including students with exceptional learning needs.
The MS Inclusive Adolescence Education, Graded 5-12 program prepares candidates for dual initial certification in an adolescence education content area in grades 5-12, as well as certification to teach students with disabilities as a generalist. Certification is available in the following content areas:
- Earth Science
- Social Studies
4 + 1 Program
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education offers a 4+1 program designed to provide an accelerated pathway to New York State Teacher Certification for highly qualified students in the liberal arts and sciences. This competitive program allows students to complete their baccalaureate degree in the liberal arts and sciences and their master’s degree in inclusive education with dual teacher certification in five years.
To be considered for the MS Inclusive Adolescence program, students must be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree and majoring in either mathematics, science, history, American studies or English. To be considered for the MS Inclusive Childhood program, students must be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree and majoring in any of the liberal arts and sciences. Students will submit their application during the first semester of their sophomore year. If accepted, they will meet with their advisor to accelerate their program in order to graduate a semester early, in December of their senior year. During fall semester of the senior year students will be completing their baccalaureate degree while beginning their master’s degree in inclusive education. Students accepted into the program, will submit the course registration form for GEDU 520, GSED 501, and GEDU 502. The completed graduate courses are posted as undergraduate credit on the student’s academic transcript. The graduate courses are then added to the student’s graduate transcript at the end of the first semester of graduate study at the St. John Fisher School of Education. A GPA of 3.25 is required to be considered for the program.