B.A. in Adolescence Education: Science

Contact Person:
 Melissa Cummings, Program Coordinator
215C Satterlee, (315) 267-2712, cumminma@potsdam.edu

Grades 7-12
49-62 total credits required.
All education courses must be completed with a 2.0 or higher with a 2.75 GPA in the Education major.

Students pursuing the Adolescence Science Education program must complete an appropriate science major, selected from the following majors: biology, chemistry, geology or physics. To officially declare one of these science majors, contact the appropriate department chair to declare the major, be assigned an adviser and select appropriate courses. The science major must be completed with a 2.5 GPA.
All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Education Major   21
EDLS 315 Teaching Students with Special Needs: Grades 5-12
SECD 356 Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools  
SECD 357 Writing in the Middle and Secondary Schools  
SECD 472 Science Curricula, Programs, and Standards  
GRED 502 Issues in Science, Technology, Society  
Courses which must be taken concurrently:
  SECD 372 Science Instruction and Assessment: Grades 5-12
  SECD 410 Middle or Secondary Science Field Experience  

Student Teaching Semester

Courses which must be taken concurrently:  
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
All cognate courses must be completed with a 2.0 or higher.  
  HLTH 230 School Health (CA, SAVE, 2 credits)  
  PSYC 321 Psychology of Adolescence  
One of the following:
  PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology  
  PSYC 220 Child Development  

Additional Science Cognates

For Biology Majors    
Physics course    
Geology course    

For Chemistry Majors
Biology course    
Geology course    

For Geology Majors
Astronomy course    
Meteorology course    
Genetics course    

For Physics Majors
Biology course    
Geology course    

Modern Language (ML) Requirement


Certification Requirements
  1. New York State Teacher Certification Exams required for Initial Certification: LAST, ATS-W and CST Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and/or Physics (Certification exams are subject to change)
  2. Fingerprinting Clearance