May 27, 2022
If your goal is to become a certified teacher in Grades 7-12, you will be interested in the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Adolescence Education (Teacher Education Transfer) Associate in Arts degree program. This program prepares students for transfer to a four-year SUNY institution to pursue initial NYS certification in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12). With careful advisement, students may complete SUNY General Education requirements and 12 credits of a major concentration required by four-year teaching degree institutions. Students should consult a Teacher Education advisor to select a major concentration that will transfer to the four-year institution of the student’s choice.
This program also provides thirty clock hours of guided field observation, and six credit hours of Professional Preparation courses. Please call a Teacher Education advisor in the Human Services and Teacher Education department for more information.
Please Note: Students can graduate from the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Adolescence Education (Teacher Education Transfer) program with a 2.0 GPA. However, a higher GPA may be required for transfer to a SUNY four-year teacher preparation program. Students should meet with SUNY four-year advisors to determine the admission requirement for the desired program.
The mission of the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Adolescence Education (Teacher Education Transfer) degree is to introduce students to the teaching profession through theory and professional/pedagogical core courses.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a knowledge base of theory specific to adolescence (7-12th grade) education.
- Identify philosophy of teaching.
- Apply the knowledge base of theory to practice through thoughtful reflections on classroom observations.
- Demonstrate cultural and diversity awareness, and sensitivity to social justice.
- Demonstrate awareness of the NEA/NAEYC Code of Ethics in professional behavior and decision-making.
Essential Skills and Dispositions
The following skills and standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, are expected of students enrolled in the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Adolescence Education A.A. program (EDA).
- Emotional stability and psychological health to work with adolescents, families, colleagues and college personnel.
- Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish a professional relationship with individuals, adolescents and families from a variety of cultural, social, emotional, and intellectual backgrounds.
- Effective written and oral communication skills.
- Critical thinking for assessment and decision making in the classroom.
- Character dispositions such as honesty, integrity, caring and empathy.
- Liberal Arts/Humanities Elective Credits: (3)
- EDU 275 Cultural Foundations of Education Credits: (3)
- Natural Science with Lab Credits: (4) 1
- Specialization Elective Credits: (3) 2
- General Elective Credits: (3)
Total Program Credits: 61
1. See advisor for selection of appropriate SUNY General Education courses.
2. In consultation with advisor, students select courses towards completing specialization required by the 4-yr institution.