Become a Teacher in Buffalo: Adolescent and Special Education BSEd Teaching Program

Become a Teacher in Buffalo: Adolescent and Special Education BSEd Teaching Program

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Adolescent Education and Students with Disabilities (BSEd)

Become a middle school or high school teacher for grades 7 - 12 with eligibility for dual-certification in teaching students with disabilities through teaching programs at Medaille College. Meet our education faculty.

About the Program

Adolescents face increasingly difficult challenges in today’s fast-paced world. They need educators like you — someone who is motivating, inspiring and yearning to make a lasting impact on students, year after year. Choose Medaille’s teaching program and you can become eligible for NYSED certification in two high-demand areas: adolescent education (grades 7-12) and Students with Disabilities, not only better preparing you to handle today’s adolescents, but also making you more marketable as a teacher. Teaching degrees at Medaille College have been highly sought-after for over 100 years.

Teaching Adolescents

150 hours of field work is necessary in order to gain experience and graduate. The hours have helped me realize the responsibilities of teachers, how to be culturally responsive, how to accommodate and modify lessons based off of student responses, learning techniques and even hardships. Field hours have prepared me for what I will experience in the future, in my classroom.

Alyssa Carella '19

Prepare to teach grades 7 - 12 in the content area of your choice and become eligible for certification in educating students with disabilities – earn dual-certification eligibility through one teaching degree.

Why choose Medaille's adolescent education program?

Your degree will open doors for you to teach grades 7 - 12, specializing in biology, English or social studies, and to become eligible to teach students with disabilities.

New York State requires that students in teacher preparation program pursue an academic concentration of study. You'll choose to major in one of the following content areas:

Biology (34 credits)

English (30 credits)

Social Studies (36 credits)


Program Specs

B.S.Ed. Biology and Students with Disabilities Generalist: 126 credits

B.S.Ed. English and Students with Disabilities Generalist: 126 credits

B.S.Ed. Social Studies and Students with Disabilities: 129 credits

Student Teaching Requirement: 12 credits


Admission Requirements

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Major Core (33 credits)

CIS 175 Technology Applications in Education (3 credits)

EDU 207 DASA Seminar (requires co-registration with EDU 210) (0 credits)

EDU 210 Educational Foundations (requires co-registration with EDU 201) (3 credits)

EDU 237 The Adolescent Reader & Writer (3 credits)

EDU 238 Strategic Literacy Instruction (3 credits)

EDU 340 Child Abuse and School Violence and other Current Issues in Education (requires co-registration with ESP 230) (0 credits)

EDU 363 Adolescent Social Studies Methods with Practica (3 credits)
or EDU 364 Adolescent English Methods with Practica (3 credits)
or EDU 365 Adolescent Biology Methods with Practica (3 credits)

EDU 368 Adolescent General Education/Special Education Curriculum Methods (3 credits)

ESP 230 Intro to Special Education (co-register with EDU 340)

ESP 276 Positive Behavioral Support Approaches to Classroom Management and Instruction (3 credits)

ESP 348 Educating and Assessing Adolescents with Mild to Severe Disabilities with Practica (3 credits)

ESP 358 Assessing Adolescent Children (Grades 7-12) with Exceptionalities (3 credits)

EDU 480 Student Teaching (11 credits)

EDU 481 Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit)

Clinical Experiences

This exciting opportunity affords students the ability to learn through hands-on experience with the support and mentorship of classroom teachers and college instructors.

Fieldwork: Students enrolled in the B.S.Ed. Adolescent/Students with Disabilities Education program are required to complete a minimum of 150 field experience hours prior to student teaching. These field experience hours are embedded over several courses and must be completed prior to the culminating experience of student teaching.

Student Teaching: This is the culmination of the educational preparation process. It is where students have the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills gained through coursework at Medaille College with the support of a classroom associate teacher and college supervisor. Medaille College student teachers participate in two full-time, eight-week student teaching placements.

More Information on Education Student Clinical Field Experiences

What else sets Medaille's teaching programs apart?

Future Teachers Club, rooted in principles of education, as well as professional and social development.

Close mentoring relationships with faculty.

Option to continue at Medaille College to complete your master's degree in just 16 months (four semesters).



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Program News

Dr. Riegel Presents at 2021 Association of Teacher Educators Conference

Department of Education Assistant Professor Dr. Caitlin Riegel, the program director for Medaille’s M.S.Ed. adolescent/secondary education and M.S.Ed. elementary education programs, gave a presentation at the national Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference this summer, focused on tools and tips for teaching in a post-COVID world and the smooth transition between in-person and online modalities.

Medaille College is currently pursuing accreditation of its educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Medaille College are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.
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