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Adolescence Education, English

BA in Adolescence Education: English

The Adolescence Education: English program requires completion of an English major, while simultaneously completing a second major in education, with courses in pedagogy that are specific to the content that will be taught.

Caring, experienced faculty, and the opportunity to interact with regional teachers and students throughout the programs, make for an authentic experience in preparation for an exciting and rewarding career as a middle school or high school English teacher.

SUNY Potsdam offers an NCATE-recognized undergraduate teacher education program preparing students for New York State certification in grades 7-12, with many areas offering an extension for certification in grades 5-6 as well.

Career Outlooks

Employment of middle and high school teachers is projected to grow 4-5 percent from 2021 to 2031. Pay for middle and high school teachers and principals in New York is among the highest in the nation.

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“SUNY Potsdam was amazing. I think it’s just the right size campus that you have individuality, but you’re also known, especially by the professors, teachers, and staff that work there."

Nicole Terminelli ’05 & ’07

Nicole Terminelli ’05 & ’07, a sixth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary, who also completed the College's School Building Leader/School District Leader certification program, talks about her love for teaching, and her experience at SUNY Potsdam that helped prepare her for her career as a teacher.