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Adolescence Education

Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Adolescence Education Competency Based Teacher Education Program
Outline of Education Course Requirements for 7-12 Initial Certification

Admission Requirements to the Program

  • 3.0 GPA in college course work
  • Grade of B or better in both Freshman Composition Courses
  • Complete the undergraduate program application
  • Note:  In addition, students wishing to remain in the Adolescence Education mathematics program must receive a B- or better in Calculus 1 or a B- or better in Calculus 2.

GPA Requirements for Methods

Adolescence Education 7-12 students must have a 3.0 GPA to register for methods.  Students unable to meet this GPA prerequisite will be advised to change their major so they can graduate in a timely manner.

Requirements to Student Teach

  • Grade of B or better in Methods Course
  • Approval of Coordinator and Chair
  • Satisfactory completion of all components of the departmental Assessment Exam French/Spanish   (French/Spanish candidates only)
  • Advanced-Low level or higher on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview French/Spanish (French/Spanish candidates only)

Student Teaching is a capstone experience for all undergraduate elementary and secondary teacher candidates seeking a bachelor's degree. It is a full-time commitment extending for an entire semester with placements in two different settings. As such, the School of Education requires that all required coursework is completed BEFORE the capstone experience begins, and it restricts candidates from taking any other course(s) while registered for student teaching except the co-requisite fieldwork 3 and the student teaching seminar.


*These requirements are baseline only. Education program enrollments can be more competitive, depending on the number of applicants.


First Semester in Program/Second Semester Sophomore Year (7 credits)

EDS340 Sociological & Philosophical Foundations 3
EDS372 Developing Adolescent 3
SED354 Foundations Seminar (should be taken during the first semester in the program) 1

Second Semester in Program/First Semester Junior Year (6 credits)

EDS383 Intro to Literacy for Diverse Learners 3
SPE385 Differentiating Instruction in the Secondary School 3

Third Semester in Program/Second Semester Junior Year (4 credits)

SED453 Intro Curriculum and Assessment 3
SED353 Field Work #1 1

Fourth Semester in Program/First Semester Senior Year (7 credits)

SED356      Teaching and Learning in the Digital Environment                                      


Discipline Specific Methods - one of the following taken the semester immediately before student teaching:

SED370 Teaching English in the Secondary School 3
SED371 Teaching French in the Secondary School - FALL ONLY 3
SED373 Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School 3
SED374 Teaching Science in the Secondary School - FALL ONLY 3
SED375 Teaching Math in the Secondary School - FALL ONLY 3
SED381 Teaching Spanish in the Secondary School - FALL ONLY 3
SED350 Field Work #2 1

Fifth Semester in Program/Second Semester Senior Year (14 credits)

SED407 Field Work #3 1
SED404 Student Teaching in the Middle School 6
SED405 Student Teaching in the Senior High School 6
SED406 Student Teaching Seminar 1

Required Couplings:

  • Intro Curriculum & Assessment and Field Work #1
  • Methods, Field Work #2 and Digital Environment 
  • Student Teaching, Student Teaching Seminar and Field Work #3

Recommended Couplings:

  • Sociological & Philosophical Foundations of Education and Developing Adolescent
  • Intro to Literacy for Diverse Learners and Differentiating Instruction in the Secondary School

Foreign Language Requirement 

A requirement in the study of a language other than English must be met. Students with no previous college level language study must complete a two-semester sequence in a language; students who can be placed at an intermediate or advanced level must complete one course.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to field and student teaching placements and must be prepared to commute up to 45 miles, one way, to these placements. 

Undergraduate Specializations


Additional Requirements:

New York State Certification Examinations:

Educational Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) TEST ELIMINATED
Content Specialty Tests (CST) 


  State-Mandated Workshops:

1. Recognizing and reporting symptoms of child abuse
2. Prevention of school violence (S.A.V.E.)
3. DASA (Dignity for All Students Act training) 

You are advised to complete these workshops as soon as possible after you are admitted to the program.


State-mandated fingerprinting should be done as soon as possible after you are admitted to the program. You can pick up a fingerprinting packet in the Old Main Building, Room 323.

Moral Character

Students must have good moral character. (Applicants for admission are asked to provide information about past convictions, misconduct, etc. on the application for a certificate, and the New York State Education Department is authorized to investigate complaints regarding an applicant's past convictions which raise a reasonable question as to the individual's moral character.)