Bachelor in Adolescent Teaching: Social Studies 7–12 & Students with Disabilities


Program Description

Medaille College’s B.S. Ed. degree program in Adolescent Social Studies Education with dual-certification in Social Studies 7–12 and Students with Disabilities is committed to the academic and professional preparation of highly qualified teachers through rigorous, integrated coursework in the liberal arts and professional studies. The program emphasizes active, experiential learning both inside and outside the classroom through frequent field observation and practice over four years.

The program is committed to fostering reflective practitioners with demonstrated proficiency in academic content, pedagogy, learning theory, and student development. Its graduates will be well prepared to function effectively in an inclusive classroom, to meet successfully the learning and developmental needs of diverse student constituencies, and to function as capable professionals in a variety of secondary school environments. The program is dedicated to producing teachers who will exhibit intellectual rigor and compassion in the learning environment and who will balance their high expectations for students with appropriate degrees of support and assistance to assure adolescents’ intellectual and personal growth.

The Adolescent Education program at Medaille College will offer simultaneous certification in both general and Students with Disabilities. Through this dual-certification process, students will be better able to serve the needs of all individuals across a wide range of learning styles and needs in middle and high school settings through knowledge of differentiated instruction, curricular adaptation, classroom management, the development of positive and supportive classroom environments, and the provision of individualized educational support. Students will also be prepared to collaborate in inclusive settings with developing effective partnerships between classrooms and families.

Program graduates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, professional attitude, character, and commitment to future students and the teaching profession congruent with New York State and national standards for initial certification and long-term professional success.

Degree earned Total number of credits Certificate/licenses titles and types
B.S.Ed. 129

Social Studies 7-12 (initial)
Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 (initial)
Students with Disabilities Social Studies 7-12 extension (initial)

What sets Medaille’s bachelor’s degree in Adolescent/Students with Disabilities program apart?

  • Small classes and individualized support.
  • Close mentoring relationships with faculty.
  • Future Teachers Club, a club rooted in the principles of education and professional and social development.
  • Continue at Medaille to complete your master’s degree in just sixteen months (four semesters).

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Required Education Coursework

  • 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)
  • EDU 363 Adolescent Social Studies Methods with Practica (3 credits)


  • EDU 364 Adolescent English Methods with Practica (3 credits)


  • 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 allows 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 Education/Students with Disabilities (Generalist) 7-12 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.

You have an exciting journey ahead and we’ll be there every step of the way

Medaille College is the place for students who want to change their world and improve the lives of their communities through their careers as leaders, advocates, and professionals. Each one of Medaille’s undergraduate programs prepares you for the workplace through hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • Personalized support.
  • Student-centered environment.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available.
  • A vibrant campus located in the heart of the City of Buffalo Relevant real-world experiences.
  • More than two-dozen clubs and activities.
  • Successful NCAA Division III athletic teams.
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering und ... Read More

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hands-on, practitioner-based learning environments on campus and in the Western New York community. Read less
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