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Bachelor of Science in
Adolescent Education

Teacher Certification

This degree is a New York State approved pathway leading to initial certification in Adolescent Education (Grades 7–12) in one of eight secondary subject areas: biology, chemistry, earth science, English, mathematics, physics, social studies or Spanish.

This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State.
For more information on Professional Licensure Disclosure, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Program of Study


By earning your BS in Adolescent Education at UAlbany, you’ll learn the teaching skills and subject knowledge you need through coursework and robust experiential field work as a student teacher.

Your coursework will include topics for teaching, such as educational psychology, adolescent development, literacy instruction, lesson planning and classroom management, as well as in-depth study of a secondary subject. In your chosen concentration, you will study key subject areas in-depth and develop a deep well of knowledge to share with your future students. You will also gain innovative classroom experiences, and graduate prepared to lead a class of secondary students. 

Required Courses and Fieldwork

84 credits, including 30 credits in your chosen concentration and 18 credits of field experience and student teaching.


Core Courses

36 credits in the following topic areas:  

  • Foundations of Education  
  • Teaching as a Profession  
  • Educational Psychology, Development and Assessment  
  • Special Education  
  • Literacy  
  • Secondary level teaching methods

Concentration Courses

30 credits in one content area, including a minimum of 15 credits at the upper division level:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish


Fieldwork and Student Teaching

Our New York State approved program immerses you in classroom experiences, with 18 credits dedicated to field experiences and your student teaching placement in schools working with young adults in Grades 7–12.  

Note: You must maintain a 2.85 GPA to remain in the major. 

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

To fulfill the student teaching requirements, you will spend two semesters in a range of school placements, with in-classroom time prior to student teaching. Through these placements you will experience a variety of communities—including in high-need schools—work with students across developmental levels and socioeconomic backgrounds and engage with families and caregivers.

A faculty member with expertise in content and pedagogy will mentor you during these experiences to help ensure your time in your placements is productive and valuable.


Career Outcomes

With current teacher shortages creating a lot of opportunity in the field, earning your BS in Adolescent Education will set you up for a successful career in education. We will not only provide professional guidance and advice, we’ll also support you in finding a position after graduation through our partnerships with area schools and other educational opportunities.

If you wish to continue your studies at the graduate level, you’ll find a wide range of carefully designed advanced degree programs at the UAlbany School of Education, including nationally ranked online programs, to help you earn your New York State Professional teaching certification and reach the next level in your professional pursuits.



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Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Science
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the major concepts within your chosen subject of instruction (e.g., English, history, chemistry) as evidenced by your grades in content courses and performance on New York State content examination.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of New York State content learning standards for your subject areas through planning and delivery of standards-based classroom instruction.
  • Plan lessons that demonstrate knowledge of how 5–12 students learn and engage with core ideas and cross-cutting concepts in your subject area.
  • Engage in reflective inquiry on your practice both independently and with others to foster continual personal growth and learning progression toward more sophisticated understandings.
  • Design assessments that recognize and consider student preconceptions and understandings developed during instruction.
  • Design and facilitate authentic learning experiences, which facilitate relevant and meaningful content learning for 5–12 students.
  • Provide learners with multiple points of access to instruction (e.g., visual, verbal, written, gesture, etc.).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how theories and research about social justice, diversity and equity can enhance students’ opportunities to learn.
  • Understand and adapt to diverse learning styles in instructional settings.
  • Demonstrate understanding of an interconnected and interdependent global context.
  • Demonstrate how media and technology can enhance classroom practice to meaningfully support learning.
  • Pursue scholarship to enhance and engage professionally in both the content area and teaching field (e.g., attend conferences, read new literature, write, etc.). 

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication (Fully Online Option)
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies (Fully Online Option)
  • Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • Documentary Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Film Studies
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • English
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Game Design and Development
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History (Fully Online Option)
  • Informatics (Fully Online Option)
  • Instrumental Performance
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism (Fully Online Option)
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Music
  • Musical Performance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
  • Psychology (Fully Online Option)
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology (Fully Online Option)
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Vocal Performance
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies