Male student teacher in front of SMART Board
Inclusive Adolescence Education
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Inclusive Adolescence Education

It has been said that if you want to make a difference in the world, become a teacher. You can make a difference—in your life and the lives of future generations—by enrolling in Fisher’s inclusive adolescence education program.

The program is deemed “inclusive” because, as an undergraduate education candidate, you will work toward dual certification in general education and special education.

The inclusive adolescence education program results in certification in adolescence education (grades 7–12) in the chosen content area, with middle-school extension (grades 5–6) and students with disabilities (grades 7–12) generalist. A generalist is certified for employment as a supporting teacher for students with disabilities in content areas other than the candidate’s major area of study.

Program Overview

The inclusive adolescence education major requires 47 credits. In addition, you will complete a second major in one of the following content areas:

  • American Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish

Credits required for the content-area major are identical to those required of a non-education student.

As an inclusive adolescence education major, you will take an additional 15 liberal arts courses that meet the College Core requirements. To meet New York State core requirements for the program, you are also required to complete two classes each in math, science, English, and social studies, for a total of 24 credits. Many of the requirements in the College Core may be met by courses you complete for your education program studies. Likewise, some of the Core courses (not all) may meet New York State content requirements.

You also will be required to successfully complete a set of courses and field experiences relating to pedagogical content in teacher education. At least 50 of the 150 hours of the field experiences must focus on the needs of students with disabilities for your dual certification in adolescence education and students with disabilities (7–12) generalist.

Life After Fisher

With a B.S. degree in inclusive adolescence education from Fisher, you are qualified to teach in a variety of settings and capacities. Graduates of this program have gone on to hold positions in many locations, including:

  • Library media specialist for the Penfield Central School District
  • Tenth grade English language arts teacher at University Preparatory School for Young Men
  • Seventh grade math teacher at Integrated Arts and Technology High School
  • Female teacher reading in front of class.
    Why Teach?

    As a teacher, you will be a highly-trained, forward-thinking professional. Entering the teaching profession today will set you on a path of discovery.

    Benefits of Teaching

At the School of Education, you are not simply a student, but part of a community of learners—including the faculty. ”


Taylor Giarrizzo
  • Taylor (Giarrizzo) Netchke '13
  • Tenth Grade English Teacher, University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men