Preparing professional educators for a lifetime of teaching and learning

About Adolescent Special Education at Keuka College

The adolescent generalist special education program prepares you to inspire, teach, mentor, assess, and motivate students in a wide variety of special education environments.

During your four years in the program, you will master the theoretical aspects of adolescent special education, but also spend ample time in adolescent special education classrooms, learning how these theories are applied to real-world settings.

You’ll gain a broad base of knowledge in the four common core areas (mathematics, English, social studies, and science), but also select an emphasis area in either English or social studies.​

Adolescent Special Education Program Highlights

Subject Matter Expertise

At Keuka College, focus your studies on one of two subject areas: English, or social studies.

Test the Waters

Explore teaching in a classroom setting during your first semester through our annual Field Period™ program.

Shaping Each Student

Gather the tools needed to help your students learn based on their learning style and natural abilities.

Explore Adolescent Special Education

Program Overview

Keuka College's adolescent special education generalist program prepares you to teach in a wide variety of special education environments, and will help you master the theoretical aspects of teaching a diverse, and multifaceted population.

As a student in this program, you'll gain a broad base of knowledge in the four common core areas (mathematics, English, social studies, and science), but also select an emphasis area in:

  • English
  • Social Studies

With courses in literacy,educational and adolescent psychology, educating at-risk students, inclusive assessment, and classroom management, you'll be prepared to teach in a variety of settings.

The education curriculum at Keuka College keeps you on the cutting edge of exciting changes in the education field, such as incorporating technology into the learning environment, meeting the needs of an ever-changing population of students, and addressing the impact of globalization in education.

We prepare professional educators who will meet the needs of diverse learners, and are committed to a lifetime of reflective practice, collaborative service and ethical leadership.

The Faculty

The education faculty at Keuka College are world-­class teachers and scholars who get to know you on a personal level. They strive to help you fulfill your potential, so you can enter your own classroom fully prepared to teach students at the level of your choosing.

Faculty in the Division of Education

Global Education

Students pursuing an education degree have myriad opportunities for international travel. Each year, education professors lead group Field Period™ trips abroad.

On campus, you have the chance to live, study, and interact with students from such countries as China, Vietnam, South Africa, and Curacao. Joining the Keuka College International Club (KCIC) or the Multicultural Student Association will further enhance your global interconnectedness.

If you are interested in doing something a little different than teaching in a traditional American classroom, register for the brand new Teaching English Abroad minor.

With classes such as multiculturalism and social justice, globalization, and educational psychology, adding an Education minor to any program will give you the ability to be adventurous after graduating.


There are many ways to get involved outside the classroom at Keuka College. Hone your skills in education with extracurricular clubs and honor societies such as:

  • Council for Exceptional Children/Special Education Club (CEC/SPED)
  • Education Club
  • Lambda Theta Lambda, Education Honor Society

Accreditation and Certifications

The Teacher Education Program at Keuka College is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from 2013-2020. The accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

The College does not award teacher certification, the New York State Education Department is the only entity that does that.

At the successful completion of all requirements for the major and degree, the college recommends the candidate for certification. The candidate is responsible for fulfilling all certification requirements, which include: major requirements, fingerprinting, certification exams and application for certification.

In cases where the candidate is non-matriculated, or is seeking an additional certification, the candidate is responsible for applying for that certification through a state-recognized certification office.

In all cases, state requirements for certification include:

Anticipated Testing Requirements

Certificate Applying for certification and will have completed all requirements on or before 4/30/2014 Applying for certification on or after 5/1/2014
Initial Teaching Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS–W)
Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
Content Specialty Test (CST)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Content Specialty Test (CST)

TEACH Certification Application Process

For those candidates who received the TEACH grant, more information about the TEACH certification application process is available from the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives.

New York State Teacher Certification Results

For the 2013-2014 year, the most recent year for which results are available, the following pass rates were earned. These scores based on a three-year cohort and includes retakes.

Exam Pass Rate
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) 73%
Educating All Students (EAS) 100%
Students with Disabilities Content Specialty Test (SWD CST) 97%

Admissions Policy

Prospective students intending to major in unified childhood/special education, unified early childhood/special education, or in adolescent education in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or social studies should declare their intention upon entering Keuka College, but may transfer into an education program if they have enrolled in a different program.

Application Process for Teacher Certification Programs

All sophomores in good standing and equivalent transfer students who complete (or transfer in) a list of freshmen-level introductory courses by the end of an academic year are eligible to apply to the Teacher Certification Program in the Fall of their sophomore year, before enrolling in major specific professional courses. 

A satisfactory completion of the application process requirements will allow students to be admitted to and continue in the Teacher Certification Path.

Application process requirements include:

Successful completion of: 

  • EDU 105,
  • ENG 112 (or equivalent),
  • MAT 102 (or equivalent), 
  • EDU 210

Achieve a minimum GPA requirement:

  • Overall GPA: 2.6, 
  • Education GPA: 2.67, and 
  • Content GPA: 2.67

Complete required forms and tasks:

  • Submit an Application form
  • Participate in a Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies (DAP) group interview  
  • Participate in an Oral Fluency task

Students’ results are reviewed and subsequent recommendations for admittance to the certification program or dismissal are communicated to students before their junior year begins.  

Requirements for Student Teaching

To be eligible for placement in student teaching, a student must have an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.75, and a GPA of 3.0 in all education courses. In addition, adolescent education majors need a concentration GPA of 3.0. This level must be attained one semester prior to the student teaching placement. The candidate must have successfully completed the education Field Period requirements.

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• Middle School Special Education Teacher
• Middle School Teacher for Students with Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
• SED Middle School Teacher
• Severe Emotional Disorders Middle School Teacher
• High School Learning Support Teacher
• High School Special Education Teacher
• Secondary School Special Ed Teacher
• SED High School Teacher
• Severe Emotional Disorders High School Teacher

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

Teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

$58,500 33,100 7,900 Bachelor's degree
Special Education Teachers, Middle School

Teach middle school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

$57,280 23,000 5,500 Bachelor's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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