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Childhood/Students With Disabilities & Special Education

This undergraduate major will lead to initial certification in both Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6). The dual certification offered by this program will greatly enhance a graduate’s ability to be employed in either an elementary school or at a facility devoted to special education. 

Available Concentrations 

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • History 
  • Spanish

Program Highlights


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.


You will be prepared to teach in a traditional elementary classroom, a self-contained special education elementary classroom, and an inclusion elementary classroom, providing you with flexibility for options after college.

B.S. Program Credits: 140 hours

Liberal Arts: 60 Credit Hours

Major/Concentration: 80

Standard Completion Time
Four Years


What Will I Learn?

You will be taught inclusive strategies that will qualify you to teach in a traditional elementary classroom, a self-contained special education classroom and a inclusion classroom.

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


  • Elementary education teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • 4th Grade Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • 6th Grade Math Teacher
  • 6th Grade Spanish Teacher

Grad Schools

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

Alumni Success

Sumita Leonard '15

Fourth Grade Teacher
Hope International School in Cambodia

Stephanie Morse '08

1st Grade Teacher
McGee's Crossroads Elementary, North Carolina

Kendra Zaffuto '12

6th Grade Math and Social Studies Teacher
Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, Rochester, NY

Jackie Corbett '15

6th Grade Math Teacher
Canandaigua Middle School, Canandaigua, NY

Who Will I Meet?


Denise Johnson, Associate Professor of Education; Director, Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

Since becoming the Undergraduate Program Director for Teacher Education in 2014, Dr. Denise Johnson has been integral in leading and collaborating with the department. She makes sure the rigorous teacher preparation program is in accordance with New York State standards, and also that it focuses on student character and development. Dr. Johnson maintains relationships with local teachers and administrators to stay current with trends in the field. Prior to coming to Roberts, Dr. Johnson worked many years in local school districts in both administration and education. Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with her 3 sons and husband, running, skiing, and reading.


Emma Monfiletto, Childhood/Students With Disabilities & Special Education '17

I am a Childhood Education major with a science concentration. Being a part of the education department has really fueled my passion for teaching and learning. I love the way the professors have such a dedication for stretching us to reach our full potential, as well as how they take the time to really get to know us on a personal level. The professors not only teach us about effective teaching strategies, but provide a model of what truly compassionate and understanding educators do. It is during my time with the education department that I have really been able to start to discover myself as an educator and challenge myself as a lifelong learner. - Emma Monfiletto, '17




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