Our view of adolescence, as well as teacher development, is holistic. That is, we believe values and personal growth should be nurtured as well as skills and knowledge in any formulation of curriculum. In line with our emphasis on holistic education is our belief in the value of creative expression and artistic exploration to personal and professional growth. Scholarship is also at the core of the craft of teaching. One can only help others learn if one values learning deeply and has attained a degree of mastery in the art of learning as well as an in depth knowledge of one's primary discipline. We recognize learning as a sociocultural dynamic rather than a simple accumulation of information and skills and therefore seek to frame our learning and service within the cultural, historical, and material contexts of the diverse populations of the New York metropolitan area.
Four programs are offered in Adolescence Education: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Candidates applying to this program are expected to have the appropriate undergraduate preparation in their chosen discipline (a baccalaureate degree or equivalent). Candidates with an appropriate liberal arts background who are certified in areas other than Adolescent (secondary) Education may enroll in this program in order to earn a second certificate and fulfill the graduate degree requirement for professional certification in both areas. Upon application to the program, candidates' undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated for appropriate disciplinary and liberal arts course work required under New York State regulations. Any deficient course work must be completed prior to the final student teaching semester. Undergraduate course work in content area must be grades of "B" or better for candidates lacking major in content area. Candidates with major must have a 3.0 GPA in major. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction does not waive the student teaching requirement.
Candidates who currently hold certification in one of these 7–12 areas should enroll in a graduate program leading to certification in an area other than Adolescence Education in order to fulfill professional certification requirements for both areas.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)