B.A. degree program in adolescence education: earth science teacher
HEGIS code 1917.01
NYS SED program code 32681

Bachelor's degree programs for adolescence education (grades 7-12): biology, chemistry, earth science, English, mathematics, modern languages (French, Italian, Spanish), physics, and social studies (Africana studies, American studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, Puerto Rican and Latino studies, sociology), and special subjects (all grades): music - full information and requirements

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The School of Education and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences jointly offer a program for students who plan to teach earth science in grades 7 through 12. Additional information may be obtained from the School of Education or the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Students should consult a counselor as early as possible to plan their program.

Adolescence education (grades 7-12) and special subject programs are writing intensive.

Program requirements (63-64 credits)

All of the following:
a) Geology 1100, 1200, 2100, 22, 3300, 3900, 2200, 2300.
b) At least six additional credits in geology courses numbered 10 or above.
c) Chemistry 1100 or its equivalent.
d) Mathematics 1201, or Computer and Information Science 1.10, 1.20, or 1110.

The following pedagogical courses in School of Education: Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402, 4404, 4410 (total of 21 credits):

This four-term sequence may be started in the lower-sophomore term, or upper-sophomore term.
Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402 (12 credits).

The appropriate 5-credit course in student teaching:
Education 4404: Seminar on Methods of Teaching Science, Student Teaching I

The appropriate 4-credit course in student teaching:
Education 4410: Advanced Seminar on Methods of Teaching Science, Student Teaching II

This program reflects changes in teacher certification requirements recently implemented by the New York State Education Department. Students completing majors in secondary education or in special subjects under the former requirements should refer to the 2000-2003 Undergraduate Bulletin.

Degree programs in adolescence education and in special subjects include a major in an appropriate department of the college and in the case of social studies may also include an approved selection of interdepartmental courses.

Completion of an adolescence education program as part of a major in English, one of the appropriate social sciences, mathematics, one of the sciences, or a language other than English qualifies students for New York State initial certification in adolescence education for grades 7 through 12.

Students qualifying for the initial certification in adolescence education may obtain an extension to teach English, social studies, mathematics, or one of the sciences in grades 5 and 6 by taking Education 3454.

Students, except music education majors, must complete 21 credits in the School of Education as specified above.

Admission requirements and academic standing
Students must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to take Education 2001, 2002, 3401 or 3402; an average of 2.75 in Education 16 and 34 is required to continue to Education 3401 and/or Education 3402; to take Education 4413 or 4401-71.13, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and permission of the head of adolescence education and special subjects; to take Education 4407-4406, students must earn a B- or higher in Education 4401-4406, a GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major, and the permission of the head of adolescence education and special subjects. A student who takes Education 4407-4412prior to Education 4401-71.13 must earn a B- or better grade in 4407-4406 to take Education 4401-4406.