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Undergraduate Program

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

Admission Requirements to the Program

  • 3.0 overall GPA in College course work
  • Grade of B or better in Basic Communication course(s).
  • Complete the undergraduate program application
  • Note:  Students 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 Discipline-Specific Methods Courses

Adolescence Education students must have a 3.0 GPA to register for the Methods course in their academic discipline.  Students unable to meet this GPA prerequisite will be advised to change their major so they can graduate in a timely manner.

Requirements for Student Teaching*

  • Grade of B or better in Methods Course
  • Approval of Coordinator and Chair

Student Teaching is a capstone experience for all undergraduate teacher candidates seeking a bachelor's degree. It is a full-time commitment extending for an entire semester with placements in two different settings. 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
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
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


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:

Educating All Students Test (EAS)

Content Specialty Tests (CST) 

Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)


State-Mandated Workshops:

1. Recognizing and reporting symptoms of child abuse

2. Prevention of school violence (S.A.V.E.)

3. Dignity for All Students Act training (DASA) 

4. Health and Safety 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. Click here for more information. 

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.