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Preparation for teacher certification in specific subjects

Are you interested in becoming a teacher?  The undergraduate major in Adolescence Education is designed for students to pursue initial secondary content-specific teacher certification in New York state (grades 7-12).

The major, in collaboration with departments within the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, prepares students to be secondary teachers in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies and Spanish. Should you be interested in working outside of New York state, our certification office will advise you on obtaining certificates in other states.

The Adolescence Education program not only provides you with opportunities to build and refine your knowledge about teaching, it also engages you in extensive experiences interning and teaching in secondary classrooms.

This major requires a two-day-a-week internship during the spring semester of the junior year and a semester of full-time student teaching. The student teaching semester is generally in the fall of the senior year, but accommodations can be made for spring student teaching when necessary.

Students enrolled in the Adolescence Education major will be assigned an adviser from the School of Education in addition to their content concentration-specific adviser.   

Features of the Program

Graduates of the Adolescence Education program are:
  • content-area experts with a concentration — or at least 30 credits of coursework — in their teaching subject(s);
  • held to rigorous standards, and supported throughout the process by both an adviser from the School of Education as well as from their disciplinary concentration;
  • experienced at both the middle and high school levels, with significant classroom experiences beginning in the first education course. Before student teaching, students will have spent more than 250 hours in schools;
  • equipped with a repertoire of strategies that serve the diverse needs of students;
  • prepared with theory and research that informs practice, allowing them to create learning environments that support student success;
  • lifelong learners who are committed to serving as change agents, working for social justice in the communities where they teach!

News, Publications & Research

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    Oct 31, 2019 | Dr. Tracy W. Schrems, assistant professor of adolescence education, delivered a presentation titled "Cody Schrems: Raising a Young Man with Significant Challenges — An Ongoing Recollection of Significant Moments in Collaboration" at the 2019 New York State Council for Exceptional Children conference, held Oct. 18-19 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, New York.

    Sep 24, 2019 | Dr. Gabriel Swarts, assistant professor of adolescence education, will present a research paper at the national conference for social studies faculty, the College and University Faculty Association of the National Council of Social Studies.

    Mar 13, 2019 | Three St. Bonaventure University students attended a conference over the university’s spring break aimed at enhancing the new-student experience at colleges and universities.



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