Education - Middle Childhood/Adolescent

With certification in adolescent education & more

Preparation for a career in adolescent education (grades 7-12) combines an academic major in a particular field with a minor in education. Middle/Adolescent education subjects include business and marketing (pre K - 12), and biology, chemistry, earth science, English, mathematics, physics, social studies and Spanish (7-12 and 5-9).


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


none offered


Middle Childhood, Adolescent Education

Course Sequence

  • First year and sophomore year (prerequisites)
    • EDUC 230 Psychological Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • EDUC 231 Social Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • Junior year
    • EDUC 345 Education Fieldwork (3 credits)
    • EDUC 405 Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credits)
    • EDUC 413 Using Literature in the Intermediate/Adolescent Classroom (3 credits)
    • EDUC 489 Current Teaching Methods in the Teaching of Adolescent Subjects (3 credits)
  • Junior/senior year
    • SPED 456 Human Development: Exceptionality
    • EDUC 488 Current Teaching Methods: Middle Childhood Subjects (3 credits) (optional for middle childhood extension certificate)
  • Senior year - student teaching semester
    • EDUC 460 Seminar in Teaching & Professional Development (3 credits)
    • EDUC 462 Student Teaching for Middle/Adolescent Certification* (12 credits)

*Alfred University offers you the opportunity to apply for an Applied & Experiential Learning (APEX) grant which can be provide up to $1,000 to support you during your student teaching semester.

The sequence above represents a typical progression; your academic advisor will work with you to create a schedule that meets your specific needs.

Entrance Requirements for the Minor

Alfred University maintains high standards for all students admitted into our education programs. You may apply for admission into the Middle/Adolescent Education minor at the beginning of your junior year.

Admitted students:

  • Are enrolled in a subject area major and are recommended by your major division
  • Have met GPA and course grade minimums
  • Complete and pass an application interview

Alfred University is an approved teacher preparation program for New York State adolescent and middle childhood teacher certifications. In order to meet the NYSED requirements for initial certification, teacher candidates at Alfred University are equipped to take the following three NYSTE examinations:

  • Content Specialty Test (CST) - Subject Area
  • Educating All Students Exam (EAS)
  • edTPA - Subject Area

To complete additional certification in middle childhood, you must successfully complete all requirements for middle/adolescent certification as well as EDUC 488 - Current Teaching Methods: Middle Childhood Subjects.

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