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Adolescence Education Certificate (Grades 7-12)

Teacher education programs in the School of Arts & Sciences emphasize the development of pure knowledge in subjects taught, pedagogical understanding, and professional competence. Program development is guided by standards established by national and state professional organizations, including the Interstate Teacher and Support Consortium (INTASC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Coursework prepares students to teach using best practices that integrate the New York state and Common Core Learning Standards. Teacher candidates develop a sound understanding of the educational needs of students across the range of developmental levels. Course work and practical experiences in a variety of communities enable students to work effectively with diverse student populations, parents, caregivers, and school community members. Several of the education courses include extensive field work and experience and contact with local practitioners in classroom settings.

The Education Department, in collaboration with other departments in the School of Arts & Sciences and area schools, provides rigorous coursework leading to the initial New York state teacher certification.

The School of Arts & Sciences requires an academic major along with the teacher certification program. Students preparing to teach in the area of adolescence education must major in a subject taught on that level, including these majors offered at The College of New Rochelle: Biology, Chemistry, English, French, History, Mathematics, or Spanish.

Education Requirements - 34-37 Credits

  • EDU 118 - Orientation to Teaching 3 cr. (2nd year)
  • EDU 120 - Education of Students with Diverse Needs 3 cr. * (2nd year)
  • EDU 211 - Educational Psychology 3 cr. * (2nd year)
  • EDU 239Z - Theory and Practice of Instruction 3 cr. * (2nd year)
  • EDU 337Z - Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School 3 cr. * (3rd year)
  • EDU 342Z - Materials and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages 3 cr. - for foreign language majors only
  • EDU 348Z - The Middle School 3 cr. * (3rd year)
  • EDU 351 - Integrated Uses of Multimedia Technology 3 cr. * OR EDU 381 - Art and Technology Across the Curriculum 3 cr.
  • EDU 364Z - Reading II: Integrated Language Arts, Gr.4-9 3 cr.
  • EDU 378Z - Fieldwork: Adolescence Education 1, 2 or 3 cr. (if needed)
  • EDU 498Z - Observation and Student Teaching: Secondary School 5 or 10 cr. (10 cr. required) (4th year)

Liberal Arts Requirements - 15 Credits

  • ENG 118 - Survey of Adolescent Literature 3 cr.
  • HIS 101 - Introduction to America 3 cr. OR HIS 102 - American History II 3 cr.
  • PHL 267 - Philosophy of Education 3 cr.
  • PSY 242 - Adolescent Psychology 3 cr.
  • SOW 226 - Working with Families: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 cr. OR EDU 382 - Multicultural Education 3 cr. OR EDU 326 - Bridging Cultures 0-4 cr. (3 cr. required)
  • PHE 169 - Health, Physical Education and Safety for the School-Age Child

* Course requires students to complete 15 to 30 hours of fieldwork experience. The adolescence education program requires a minimum of 100 hours of such fieldwork.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the above listed requirements, students majoring in History preparing to teach Social Studies on the adolescence or middle school levels take 9 credits (3 courses) in Economics, Political Science and World History. English majors preparing to teach English on the adolescence or middle school levels take ENG 171 - Masterpieces of World Literature, ENG 111 - Survey of American Literature I, and ENG 112 - Survey of American Literature II. Teacher candidates for adolescence or middle school levels in foreign languages take EDU 342Z - Materials and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.