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Adolescence Education (Grade 7-12)

Students who choose the adolescence education major will be qualified to teach specific content in grades 7-12. This program is recommended for those who have a passion for a specific subject and are interested in teaching high school students.

Upon successful completion of the program students will earn initial teacher certification in the State of New York for adolescence education (grades 7-12) in the specific content area of their program (i.e., English, math, biology, chemistry, social studies, French, or Spanish).

Job Projections

The job projection for high school teachers in 2020 is expected to rise by 7 percent (71,900 new jobs), and the job projection for middle school teachers is expected to rise by 17 percent (108,300), according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13).  

Program Curriculum and Requirements

All programs include a general education requirement, major academic concentration in a selected area of study, professional education requirement, and comprehensive field experiences. The academic concentration is commensurate with a major in the content field and ensures that students gain extensive knowledge of their subject matter. The Common Core standards and New York state learning standards are integrated into required coursework throughout the program and serve as the basis of performance assessment requirements.  

A focus on literacy and teaching students with diverse learning needs is embedded in coursework that is required of all education majors. Comprehensive field experiences begin in the first semester of study and continue each semester of the program, leading to a teaching assistantship and comprehensive student teaching experience. All programs include experience with English language learners and students receiving special education services, as well as a range of placements across various types school districts.

Students in this program select their specific 7-12 content area from the following subjects: English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, social studies, or the languages of Spanish or French.  

Students who wish to be certified to teach in Ontario will earn their New York state teacher certification and be assisted to apply through the Ontario College of Teachers for the letter of eligibility to teach in Ontario at the secondary level (intermediate/senior).