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Adolescence Education, English

B.A. 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.


Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate strong knowledge and application of ELA instructional planning by creating a multi-genre/multi-modal summative unit assessment that aligns with their unit standards, objectives and essential question(s).
  • demonstrate responsibility of ELA teachers by providing at least one example of instructional feedback from a mentor teacher and/or supervisor, along with a reflection of how they used the feedback to help inform their practice.
  • demonstrate knowledge and application of learners and learning in ELA by identifying learner needs and the resources and strategies needed to successfully implement instruction through the use of current theory and pedagogy.
  • implement instruction that uses a variety of resources and technologies and incorporates theories, research and knowledge of students to support and engage all learners in meeting learning goals.

Career Outlook

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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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.

“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