4 + 1 Degree – BA or BS and MSED in Adolescence Education: Students With Disabilities Catalog
Department Chair: Marya Grande, PhD
Canisius University is now offering a 4+1 bachelor's and master's degree program for content area majors who wish to become teachers. Content areas include Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, and History. Students in this program are advised as undergraduates to add certain education courses as electives so they are prepared for both Adolescence Education 7-12 certification in their content area and Students with Disabilities (All Grades: PreK-Grade 12) certification.
These programs were created because there is a growing shortage of teachers in Adolescence Teaching Students with Disabilities. Candidates completing this program will earn a BA/BS in their content area and a MSEd, and will be certified to teach in mainstream and special education classrooms.
Graduate students enrolled in initial certification programs must achieve a C or above in all course requirements and a B- or above in all graduate program coursework. Failure to meet these requirements will require repeating the course &/or completing additional coursework.
Canisius University cannot determine whether completion of this program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements outside of New York State for the intended occupation. We advise you to contact your state licensing board or appropriate licensing entity to determine whether the program meets requirements for Professional Licensure in the state where you are located or the state in which you intend to pursue licensure. Please contact the associate dean of your school if you have further questions.
The 4+1 programs offer a BA/BS in the content area as well as a MSEd in Special Education. This 4+1 program also leads to Initial Adolescence certification in the content area as well as Initial certification in Students with Disabilities (All Grades: PreK-Grade 12). Since the program leads to two teaching certificates, candidates must meet the content requirements for both certificates over the course of the five years. In some instances, New York State has additional requirements for certification; for example, all candidates certified to teach Students with Disabilities need two math courses, two English courses, two social studies courses, and two science courses. These are identified as appropriate.
An Ignatian Foundation
All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes; they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.
The Biology major (please see the BIO-MSEd 4+1 Curriculum and Roadmap tabs within the major) meets the biology content requirement for certification in Adolescence 7-12 Biology.
The Chemistry major (please see the Chemistry BS-MSEd 4+1 Curriculum and Roadmap tabs with the major) meets many of the state certification requirements in Chemistry.
The English major (please see the English-MSEd 4+1 Curriculum and Roadmap tabs with the major) meets the English content requirements for certification in Adolescence 7-12 English.
The Mathematics & Statistics major (please see the Mathematics BS-MSEd 4+1 Curriculum tab with the major) meets the Mathematics content requirements for certification in Adolescence 7-12 Mathematics.
SOCIAL STUDIES (HISTORY)
The History major (please see the History BA/MSEd 4+1 Curriculum and Roadmap tabs with the major) meets many of the state certification requirements in Social Studies. In addition, Social Studies candidates need to take a course in geography, cultural studies, political science or government, and economics. It may be possible to find a history course that also includes content in one of these areas.
Education Course List:
The education curriculum is provided below. Notice that several foundation courses are taken at the undergraduate level intermingled with other undergraduate requirements. The graduate courses begin at the 500 level and continue until completion. These 4+1 programs can be completed in as little as 5 years if some summer coursework is included.
The education curriculum is provided below for the MSEd portion of the 4+1 programs. Notice that several foundation courses are taken at the undergraduate level intermingled with other undergraduate requirements. The graduate courses begin at the 500 level and continue until completion.
|Human Growth and Social Development: Adolescence
|Foundations of Adolescent Literacy
|Evaluation and Teaching Strategies
|Foundations of Education
|Assessment for Diverse Learners
|Please select one of the following:
|Methods of Teaching English: Adolescence
or EDS 403
|Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Adolescence
or EDS 405
|Methods of Teaching Science: Adolescence
or EDS 406
|Methods of Teaching Social Studies: Adolescence
|Child Abuse Workshop
|Prevention of School Violence Workshop
|Dignity for All Students Workshop
|Reading and Writing Process for Students with Learning and Behavioral Disorders
|Learning and Behavioral Disabilities (LBD); Etiology and Research Based Interventions
|Collaborative Practices on a Transdisciplinary Team
|Transition for Adolescents with Disabilities
|Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiology & Educational Needs
|Functional Curriculum for Students with Severe Disabilities and ASD
|Seminar in Teaching and Assessment
|Student Teaching Seminar