B.A. degree program in adolescence education: biology teacher
HEGIS code 0401.01
NYS SED program code 26814
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
All programs are writing-intensive. These programs reflect changes in teacher certification requirements recently implemented by the New York State Education Department.
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 a Secondary Education program as part of a major in English, one of the appropriate social sciences, mathematics, or one of the sciences qualifies students for New York State initial certification in adolescence education for grades 7 through 12. Completion of a special subjects program as part of a major in music education qualifies students for New York State initial certification in those subjects for all grades.
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 Secondary Education 3454.
Students, except music education majors, must complete 26 credits in Secondary Education as specified below.
16 credits in General Education courses:
Secondary Education 2001: Historical, Philosophical, and Cultural Foundations of Education.
Secondary Education 2002: Children and Youth in Urban Schools: Developmental, Psychological and Sociological Perspectives.
Secondary Education 3401: Language and Literacy in Urban School Contexts.
Secondary Education 3402: Teaching Adolescents in the Content Areas.
Secondary Education 3456: Inclusive Education and Teaching Students with Special Needs
The appropriate seminar course in student teaching:
Secondary Education 4401: Seminar on Methods of Teaching English, Student
Teaching I; or
Secondary Education 4402: Seminar on Methods of Teaching Social Studies,
Student Teaching I; or
Secondary Education 4403: Seminar on Methods of Teaching Mathematics,
Student Teaching I; or
Secondary Education 4480: Methods of Instruction in Adolescence Science Teaching, and
Secondary Education 4481 Science Student Teaching Seminar I, and
Secondary Education 4482 Adolescence Science Teaching Practicum I; or
Secondary Education 4405: Seminar on Methods of Teaching Modern
Languages, Student Teaching I.
The appropriate advanced seminar course in student teaching:
Secondary Education 4407: Advanced Seminar on Methods of Teaching English,
Student Teaching II; or
Secondary Education 4408: Advanced Seminar on Methods of Teaching, Student
Social Studies Teaching II; or
Secondary Education 4409: Advanced Seminar on Methods of Teaching
Mathematics, Student Teaching II; or
Secondary Education 4483: Science Student Teaching Seminar II and
Secondary Education 4484 Adolescence Science Teaching Practicum II; or
Secondary Education 4411 Advanced Seminar on Methods of Teaching Modern
Languages, Student Teaching II.
Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402. (14 credits). This four-term sequence may be started in the lower-sophomore term, or upper-sophomore term.
Secondary Education 3456 (3 credits) may be started after completing Secondary Education 2001 and 2002.
Students must also complete a major in the appropriate department. Consult the appropriate departmental section in the Undergraduate Bulletin for the major requirements.
Students pursuing Initial Certification in music must complete the Bachelor of Music in Music Education in order to meet the state requirements. In addition to the required Bachelor of Music in Music Education curriculum, music education majors must complete the following courses, including student teaching:
Secondary Education 2001, 2002 and 3456.
Secondary Education 4413.
In the case of social studies, in addition to the above 26 credits in Secondary Education, students must complete a major in one of the following: Africana studies, American studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, Puerto Rican and Latino studies, or sociology. Study must include within the major, or in addition to courses in the major, study in economics, government, and at least 21 credits in the history and geography of the United States and the world.
In the case of a major in one of the science education programs (biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science teacher), see the corresponding academic department section for information on student teaching courses and requirements.
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 Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402 or 3456.
An average of 2.75 in Secondary Education 2001 and 2002 is required to continue to Secondary Education 3401, and/or Secondary Education 3402, and/or Secondary Education 3456.
To take Secondary Education 4413 or 4401-4406, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and permission of the head of the program.
To take Secondary Education 4407-4412, students must earn a B- or higher in Secondary Education 4401-4406, a GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major, and the permission of the head of the program.
A student who takes Secondary Education 4407-4412 prior to Secondary Education 4401-4406 must earn a B- or better grade in 4407-4412 to take Secondary Education 4401-4406.