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B.A. in Adolescence Education: English

Grades 7-12 with 5-6 extension.

Contact Person:
Laura Brown, Program Coordinator
202F Satterlee, (315) 267-3197, brownla@potsdam.edu

72-82 credit hours required.

All English education courses must be completed with a 2.7 or higher, with a 3.0 GPA in the education major.

Students pursuing the Adolescence English Education Program for English Language Arts certification in grades 7-12 must also complete the English (Literature/Writing) major with a 2.75 overall GPA. Contact the chair of the English and Communication Department to declare the major, be assigned an English adviser and select appropriate courses.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Prerequisites to Learning Communities (Credits 14-15)
COMM 201 Mass Media and Society
COMP 202 Introduction to Creative Writing (4 credits)
EDLS 349 Introduction to Middle and Secondary School Education
SECD 210 Computer Applications in Middle and Secondary Education (1 credit)
One of the following:
  ANTH 203 Language and Culture (4 credits)
  EDLS 333 Education, Language and Culture
  GRED 545 Teaching the English Language Learner in the Mainstream Classroom
  GRED 516 Diversity and Advocacy

Note: Four courses in Literature/Writing major (12+ credits) must also be completed prior to beginning the learning communities.

Learning Community I (LA1) Fall only (Credits13)
Introduction to Teaching the English Language Arts: Grades 5-12 (prerequisite: successful completion of EDLS 349)
Courses which must be taken concurrently:
  EDLS 315 Teaching Students with Special Needs
  LITR 323 Young Adult Literature
  LNGS 301 (302 or 310) Language and Structure
  SECD 361 English Language Arts: Grades 5-12 (4 credits)

Learning Community II (LA2) Spring only (Credits 9)
Teaching Writing, Language and Communication: Grades 5-12 (prerequisites: successful completion of Learning Community I and recommendation to continue to Learning Community II)
Courses which must be taken concurrently:
  COMP 402 Theory of Composition or COMP 405
  SECD 371 Teaching Writing, Language and Communication: Grades 5-12 (4 credits)
  SECD 391 Practicum I: Teaching the English Language Arts: Grades 5-12 (2 credits)

Learning Community III (LA3) Fall only (Credits 10)
Teaching Reading and Literature: Grades 5-12 (prerequisites: successful completion of Learning Communities I and II and recommendation to continue to Learning Community III)
Courses which must be taken concurrently:
  LITR 419 (or LITR 422/436/410/438/453) Victorian Literature
  SECD 340 Classroom Management in Secondary Education(1 credit)
  SECD 471 Teaching Reading and Literature: Grades 5-12 (4 credits)
  SECD 491 Practicum II: English Language Arts: Grades 5-12 (2 credits)

Learning Community IV (LA4) (Credits 14)
Student Teaching in the English Language Arts Classrooms: Grades 5-12 (prerequisites: Completion of Adolescence English Education program requirements and English Literature/Writing major and recommendation to continue to Learning Community IV)
  EDLS 421 Seminar in Middle/Junior and Secondary School Education (2 credits)
  SECD 455 Student Teaching in the Middle/Junior High School (6 credits)
  SECD 456 Student Teaching in the Senior High School (6 credits)

Cognate Requirements (Credits 12)
All cognate courses must be completed with a 2.0 or higher.
PSYC 321 Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 350 Educational Psychology
HLTH 230 School Health (CA, DASA, SAVE)
Plus three credits of upper division Literature (400 or above)

Modern Language (ML) Requirement (Credits 0-9)

Certification Requirements

  1. New York State Teacher Certification Exams required for Initial Certification: ALST, EAS, edTPA, and CST English (Certification exams are subject to change)
  2. Fingerprinting Clearance