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Department of Inclusive Childhood Education

Department of Inclusive Childhood Education


  • Phone

    (585) 389-2947
  • Email
  • Location

    Golisano 285
  • Fax

    (585) 389-5022

Inclusive Early Childhood & Elementary Education Degree

Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Education major leads to 4 certifications. Learn More

Nazareth College Teaching Fellows Program

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Welcome to the Department of Inclusive Childhood Education. As leaders in preparing inclusive early childhood and childhood educators, we work to empower our teacher candidates to construct and implement meaningful and research-based professional practices that transform them, their learners, their communities, and their profession. Our teacher candidates are highly successful on the New York State Certification exams and requirements. 

2013-2014 passing rates

   Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)            

    Nazareth College Inclusive Childhood Education: 100%         

    New York State: 81%

    Content Specialty Test (CST)

    Nazareth College Inclusive Childhood Education: 96%       

    New York State: 82%

    Educating All Students (EAS)

    Nazareth College Inclusive Childhood Education: 94%       

    New York State: 77%

    Academic Literacy Skills (ALST)     

    Nazareth College Inclusive Childhood Education: 84%        

    New York State: 68%    

We understand that inclusion is not just education for students with special needs; we define inclusive education as a multi-faceted process by which every student is nurtured in his/her growth toward the pursuit of a meaningful life. To meet this, we offer a variety of inclusive teacher education programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our programs prepare teachers for general education settings, inclusive education settings, and self-contained special education settings at the pre-school, elementary and middle school levels.

Dr. Shanna Jamanis, Chair
Department of Inclusive Childhood Education

Program Offerings

  • B.A./B.S. in Early Childhood & Elementary Education
    Nazareth’s unique multiple certification program prepares candidates to apply for teacher certification in four different areas of general and special education, which leads to better preparation for the classroom and more employment options.
  • M.S.Ed. in Inclusive Early Childhood Education
    The program gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop environments and learning experiences that support the physical, social, cognitive and emotional development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and primary aged children.
  • M.S.Ed. in Inclusive Childhood Education
    Students will work in programs that are grounded in theories about child development, inclusive education, differentiated instruction, backward design and education for social change.
  • Gifted and Talented Extension
    This program focuses on deepening teachers' understandings of students with gifts and talents and designing curriculum and differentiated learning experiences in the context of school organization and community.
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