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The Adolescence Education degree program is comprised of the Adolescence Education major and the content area major. The major in Adolescence Education is designed to prepare candidates to teach in one of the teaching disciplines at the middle and adolescence levels (grades 5–6 and 7–12): Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, American Studies, History, English, French and Spanish.
The candidates in the SoE complete a major in a content specialty area and a major in Adolescence Education. The requirements in the content major are designed to meet college, New York State, and national standards in the content specialty areas. In certain cases, additional courses may be required. For certification in Adolescence Education candidates are also required to successfully complete a set of courses and field experiences relating to pedagogical content in teacher education. the Adolescence major requires 43 credits. The following degree programs qualify candidates for certification in a content specialty area that allows them to teach in grades 5–12:
Note: Adolescence education candidates are encouraged to add initial certification in Students with Disabilities (7–12) to their certificate in Adolescence Education/Content at the undergraduate level by adding the Special Education major to their content area and adolescence majors, or they may add initial certification in Students with Disabilities (7–12) through advanced study at the graduate level. Dual certification prepares teacher candidates to effectively design instruction that meets the needs of all learners in classroom and special education settings in grades 7–12. Candidates should consult advisors for course planning to accomplish their selected certification choices.