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Adolescence Education & Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist

The Adolescence Education program leads to initial certification in the major for grades 7-12 with an extension for grades 5-6 in your chosen content area. You also have the option of completing requirements for dual certification in Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalists in addition to your content area (7 -12)

Program Highlights


This program leads to initial teaching certification in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, or Spanish.


You'll start observing classrooms your freshmen year to gain experience all four years at Roberts. By the end of your program, you'll have 150 hours of observation in classrooms under your belt. 


Your senior year, you'll spend one semester in area schools student teaching to help prepare you for your career after college.

B.S. Program Credits: 124 - 144 hours

General Education: 37 - 52 Hours

Pedagogical Core Courses: 41 Hours

Content Core Courses: 35 - 54 Hours

Standard Completion Time
Four Years



What Will I Learn?

Our comprehensive programs emphasize practical, hands-on learning including field experiences in area classrooms where you will observe, participate and refine effective teaching methods.

Courses include:

  • Teaching content to students with disabilities
  • Training in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  • Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention.

Where Can It Take Me?

Student Teaching Placements

  • Churchville Chili
  • Rochester Prep Charter
  • Urban Choice Charter
  • Various Rochester City School District
  • Rush Henrietta
  • St. Lawrence Catholic School
  • Northstar Christian Academy
  • Canandaigua
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School
  • Leroy
  • Brighton
  • East Irondequoit
  • West Irondequoit
  • Fairport
  • Monroe 1 BOCES


  • High School English Teacher
  • High School Social Studies Teacher
  • High School Spanish Teacher
  • High School Biology Teacher
  • High School Chemistry Teacher
  • High School Math Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher

Grad Schools

  • St. John Fisher
  • Nazareth College
  • University of Rochester
  • Empire  state college
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • Roberts Wesleyan

Alumni Success

Jody Otabara '15

Social Studies Teacher, 8th Grade
Gates Chili Middle School

Kayla Saff '12

High School Spanish Teacher
Falconer Central School

Chelsea Owens '12

10th grade English Teacher
Letchworth Central High School

Who Will I Meet?


Kristen Driskill, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Kristen Driskill has experience in literacy, special education, school improvement, and curriculum and instruction. She spent time as a special educator of grades Pre-K through 6, reading specialist for grades K-8, literacy coach for grades K-12, and professional development specialist for both teachers and administrators in a range of school districts. During her time at Roberts, Dr. Driskill has worked to update various programs to best reflect current practices in the field. In her spare time, Dr. Driskill enjoys spending time with her two daughters, dancing, reading, and traveling.


Elizabeth Volpe, English Adolescent Education '18

I love the teacher education department because it has done so much to prepare me for when I am a teacher. They demonstrate scaffolding, differentiation, and classroom management techniques. These professors have shown me how to become a better teacher by challenging me and encouraging me to reflect on my own development and knowledge. They have made learning relatable, fascinating, and fun.

The most influential part of my education has been participating in observation experiences, which allow me to practice what I am learning from my professors in an actual classroom with students. You learn so much more than just classroom discipline and content methods. These teachers also show you the logistics of teaching, such as grading and planning. The observation experience at Roberts really helps to prepare you for student teaching and your future career.



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