College of Professional Studies
Education : Middle Childhood/Adolescence Education Minor

Preparation for a career in adolescence education (grades 7-12) combines an academic major in a particular field with a minor in education. Middle/Adolescence Specialist subjects include business and marketing (pre K - 12), and biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, mathematics, physics, social studies, and Spanish (7-12 and 5-9). A minor in visual arts (pre K - 12) is also offered. All students completing the program will receive certification in adolescence education. It is possible to receive an additional certification to teach middle childhood education by completing additional course work.


Admission to the minor

Education coursework


Required New York State certification examinations

Middle childhood certification

Entrance requirements for the minor

  • Recommendation of the major division,
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75,
  • A combined average of 3.0 in EDUC 230 and EDUC 231.

Requirements: program of study
Candidates must show significant progress toward completing an academic major in the subject he/she wishes to teach: e.g. biology, mathematics, English, chemistry, business, etc. In addition the following sequence of professional education course requirements must be completed.

  • Freshman/sophomore years (prerequisites)
    • EDUC 230 Psychological Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • EDUC 231 Social Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • Junior year
    • EDUC 345 Education Fieldwork (100 hrs. min.; 50 hrs. additional for 5-9 certification) (3 credits) Transportation to public schools is necessary.
    • EDUC 405 Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credits)
    • EDUC 413 Using Literature in the Intermediate/Adolescent Classroom (3 credits)
    • EDUC 489 Current Teaching Methods in the Teaching of Adolescent Subjects (3 credits) Offered fall only. To register for EDUC 489, candidates must have completed EDUC 230 and EDUC 231 with an average of 3.00 in the two classes and a cumulative average of 2.75.
  • Junior/senior year
    • SPED 456 Human Development: Exceptionality
    • EDUC 488 Current Teaching Methods: Middle Childhood Subjects (3 credits) (optional for middle childhood extension certificate)
  • Senior year - student teaching semester
    • EDUC 460 Seminar in Teaching & Professional Development (3 credits)
    • EDUC 462 Student Teaching for Middle/Adolescent Certification (12 credits)

Required New York State teacher certification examinations
In order to meet the NYSED requirements for initial certification, teacher candidates must take the following three NYSTE examinations. Candidates must have taken all three in order to register for EDUC 462.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST $88) - Recommended for spring/summer of the sophomore year.
  • Assessment of Teaching Skill - Written (AST-W $88) - Secondary, spring/summer of the junior year.
  • Content Specialty Test (CST $88) - In certification subject, fall of the senior year.
  • Two workshops: School Violence Prevention (SAVE) and Child Abuse Identification
  • Fingerprinting clearance ($99) - Fall of the junior year.

NYSED teacher certification acceptable grades policy
Only courses with a grade of C or above at the undergraduate level will be acceptable for meeting the content core and pedagogical core requirements.

Middle childhood (grades 5 and 6) certification
Those students who wish to complete additional certification in middle childhood must successfully complete all requirements for middle/adolescence certification as well as EDUC 488 - Current Teaching Methods: Middle Childhood Subjects.

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