Program Requirements

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) (50 hours)
  • EDUC 102 – Schools, Ability, and Learning (3)
  • EDUC 112 – Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDUC 202 – Introduction to Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
  • EDUC 204 – Educational Technology (3)
  • ITED 228C – Adolescent Development (3)*

Methods I – 4-7 credits

  • EDUC 101 – Issues in Student Health and Safety (1)
  • EDUC 208 – Clinical Experience II (0) (50 hours)
  • EDUC 315 – Content Area Literacy (3)
  • EDUC 333 – Differentiated Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Middle School (3)**

Methods II – 9 credits

  • EDUC 301 – Clinical Experience III (0) (50 hours)
  • EDUC 415 – Differentiated Literacy Instruction: Middle Childhood and Adolescence (3)
  • EDUC 46X – Integrated Practice Content Area Education (3)
  • EDUC 471 – Management in Inclusive, Collaborative Classroom Communities (3)

Student Teaching – 12 credits

  • 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 – 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), earth science, English, history, mathematics, or physics. All coursework in the content area major or concentration must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. 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 University 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, and 6 credits (2 courses) in social studies.

  • 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..

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 clinical 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: EAS, Content Specialty Tests (CST) for the subject area and for students with disabilities, and a multi-measure portfolio assessment completed during student teaching
  • 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.

Additional Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The purpose of this additional certificate is to provide an option for undergraduate inclusive childhood or adolescence education majors to receive teacher certification in TESOL through a certificate attached to their inclusive education program. The certificate will help candidates meet the needs of and provide equitable educational opportunities for all students, but especially those from groups at risk of marginalization due to limited language proficiency.

Due to the number of credit hours required for the certification, the courses to complete the program are offered online over the course of two summers.

Students who are declared inclusive childhood or adolescence education majors who wish to pursue TESOL certification must:

  • Successfully complete EDUC 108,102, 202, 204, and 112 with a grade of C or higher;
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 2.75;
  • Complete a goal statement for submission to the School of Education;
  • Complete twelve credits of a language other than English with a grade point average of 3.00


  • EDUC 234 – Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • EDUC 236 – Foundations of Inclusive Bilingual Education (3)
  • EDUC 237 – Culture and Context in TESOL/Bilingual Curriculum (3)
  • EDUC 238 – Methods 1: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment TESOL 1 (3)
  • EDUC 239 – TESOL Fieldwork (1)
  • EDUC 240 – Methods 2: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment TESOL 2 (3)
  • EDUC 241 – Student Teaching Placement: TESOL (2)

Total: 18 credits

As early as possible, interested inclusive childhood or adolescence education majors should consult with an education advisor to discuss completion of the TESOL certification courses.

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