Author: Clayton Danner
Date: June 25, 2014
Categories: Academics|Education

The Houghton College education department has announced the offering of a new dual-certification in Inclusive Adolescence Education.  This option will be offered starting in the fall 2014 semester. 

Houghton currently offers augmented history (social studies), biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics or Spanish as areas of study for Adolescent Education majors.  While these single-certificate options will remain, the education department will now offer students at the adolescence level the opportunity to pursue a second teaching certificate that will equip them to serve students with disabilities at the middle/high-school level (grades 7-12).

Houghton’s associate dean of education, Dr. Cathy Freytag, notes, “By intentionally infusing purposeful inclusive/special education content into our existing Adolescence Education Program and incorporating two courses that are already taken by teacher education students in the Inclusive Childhood major, we are able to offer a robust program at the adolescence level that will prepare middle and high school teachers to address the unique needs of the diverse learners that they will encounter in any classroom.”

Houghton’s current Adolescence Education program is a 44-credit major paired with a second major in the student’s chosen content area.  The new Inclusive Adolescence Education major is a 48-credit major (with 24 credits of co-requisite general education courses, many of which will also meet Integrative Studies requirements) that students can pair with one of the seven content majors to graduate with the credentials needed for two teaching certificates at the adolescence level.

In addition, any student who wishes to pursue only the special education certificate at the secondary level may declare a single major in Inclusive Adolescence Education (without a second content major) and be certified to teach students with disabilities in grades 7-12.

Questions pertaining to the new Inclusive Adolescence Education major may be directed to Freytag at