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Severe or Multiple Disabilities

Program Director

Dr. Jim Black
Golisano 201

Program Overview

The Severe or Multiple Disabilities/Challenging Behavior Annotation Program is an offering of the Department of Adolescence Education. This six-credit hour graduate level program is designed for certified teachers who are interested in working with students who have challenging behaviors, and would like to receive an annotation on their New York State Certification that they have received special preparation in this area.

This program is also available to graduate students in teacher education programs at Nazareth College. This program of study focuses on deepening students' understandings of teaching students with severe or multiple disabilities and challenging behavior. Students focus on "Students with Challenging Behaviors" based on an inclusive strength-based approach.


Teachers who successfully complete this program will receive an annotation on their New York State Teacher Certification.

Field Placement Experiences

Fifty hours of field work focusing on students with challenging behavior is required. For more detailed information about field placements visit the Office of Field Placement Services.


The admissions requirements for the Severe Disabilities/Challenging Behavior Annotation program include:

  • Enrollment in a Master of Science in Education degree program at Nazareth College


  • Completed Approval Form
  • Copy of your teacher certification in Education
  • Completion of the personal/professional statement describing your reasons for undertaking this extension
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