Undergraduate Catalog

Adolescence Education

Phone: 845-257-2850
Location: Old Main Building, Room 323
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/secondaryed/ Link opens in a new window

The Adolescence Education unit of the Department of Teaching & Learning offers instruction leading to New York State initial and professional certification to teach the following subjects in Grades 7-12: English, Mathematics, the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics), and Social Studies. Certificates for teaching in New York State are automatically accepted for teaching in many other states.

In addition, a new minor in Adolescence Education will be available in fall 2021. Though the minor does not lead to eligibility for a New York State teacher certificate, it may be of interest to students seeking an introduction to the field of secondary education. Furthermore, for students pursuing a BA in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Mathematics, the Adolescence Education minor is designed to facilitate completion of two degrees in five years: the undergraduate BA and the graduate MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching). For more information about this new program, please speak with a faculty advisor in the Department of Teaching & Learning.

* Please note that the College is no longer admitting students to the Adolescence Education: French and Adolescence Education: Spanish programs.

Adolescence Education Program:

Notice to Persons Who Have Prior Felony Convictions

State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY New Paltz admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history.  Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet the licensure requirements for certain professions, including the program in Adolescence Education. 

Individuals with prior criminal histories are advised to seek advice and guidance from the chair of the academic department regarding the impact of a criminal record on meeting the requirements of the major/professional licensure or certification prior to declaring the major.