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Katrina Arndt, Chair of Department of Undergraduate Inclusive Education (DUIE)
Office: RCW 109
Phone: (585) 385-7215

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Inclusive Childhood Education

The Inclusive Childhood Education major will prepare you as a highly capable, ethically responsible teacher with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach all students effectively.

Dual Certification in Childhood and Special Education

We believe all teachers should be equipped to teach all students, so as an undergraduate education candidate, you will work toward dual certification in general education and special education.

The Inclusive Childhood Education program will qualify you for a B.S. in Inclusive Childhood Education with New York State Initial Certifications in Childhood (1–6), Students with Disabilities (1–6), and Middle School Extension in the content area (7–9).

Dual Major Advantage

As an Inclusive Childhood Education major, 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

Our dual major requirement means that you will earn a content-area major that is identical to the content major of a non-education student. In other words, if you major in Inclusive Childhood Education and English, you will graduate with the same English degree that non-education majors earn, leaving your career choices wide open.

*Note: Other choices of a second major are possible through consultation with the Inclusive Education Department Chair.

Fisher's Educational Experience

The programs of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education were designed from the outset to be content-rich, clinically-grounded, and intentionally reflective.

In other words, you will learn more than just “how” to teach. You will learn the “what” that you are going to teach. Much of your learning will take place in actual K-12 school settings, working with children and young people throughout the program to hone your teaching skills. You will also have many opportunities to explore connections between your coursework, your field experiences, and your development as a teacher.

Additionally, 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 Requirements for Inclusive Childhood Education

The Undergraduate Catalog contains the most current Inclusive Childhood Education Program Requirements.

Childhood Education Alumni Spotlight

Brendan Hamilton

Brendan Hamilton '14

6th grade teacher, Tomlinson Middle School
Certified coach

"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. Students who study in Fisher's School of Education will not only receive top of the line instruction on campus, but will also be given various opportunities to go out in the Rochester community."

Learn more about Brendan Hamilton.

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