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Phone: 607-753-4323
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cortland.edu

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Program Details

Adolescence Education: Chemistry (7-12) [ACM] (Major)

This major in the Chemistry Department leads to New York state certification to teach chemistry in grades 7-12.

Students will be accepted to the program after 45 credit hours have been completed. At that time students must have an overall grade point average of 2.5, a grade point average of 2.5 in chemistry and related areas, and a grade point average of 3.0 in the professional preparation courses.

A. Required Courses: 30 credit hours
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 301 - Organic Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 310 - Foundations of Analytical Chemistry (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 340 - Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 361 - Introduction to Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 431 - Physical Chemistry I (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 451 - Biochemistry I (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 461 - Senior Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 477 - Advanced Laboratory I (3 cr. hr.)
B. Related Courses: 26-28 credit hours

Three of the following four courses, comprising one year of biology and one semester of geology; or, one year of geology and one semester of biology:

  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.) and
  • MAT 122 - Calculus B (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
C. Required Professional Courses: 41 credit hours
  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 442 - Methods I: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (CHE) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 443 - Methods II: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (CHE) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 444 - Laboratory Practicum (CHE) (1 cr. hr.)
  • AED 445 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education - Science (CHE) (14 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 406 - Educating English Language Learners (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 449 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
D. Additional Requirements: 27-33 credit hours
  • Composition and General Education Courses: 27 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 0-6 credit hours
E. Admission to the Major

Admission to the major requires completion of at least 45 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 overall; a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in each of the areas A and B, and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in area C above.

Students enrolled in an adolescence education science program will not be allowed to progress through courses in the pedagogical sequence if they have not met all the criteria for admission to teacher education by the time they have completed AED 391: Introduction to Adolescence Education. The pedagogical sequence is designated by AED 391, AED 442, AED 443, AED 444 and AED 445.

F. Eligibility for Student Teaching

To be eligible for AED 445: Student Teaching, a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 is required. Additionally, a minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required in each of the areas A and B, and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required in area C. A minimum of 22-24 credit hours in chemistry courses and 22 credit hours in related science and math courses is needed. The following courses must be completed before the student teaching experience.

  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 442 - Methods I: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (CHE) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 443 - Methods II: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (CHE) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 444 - Laboratory Practicum (CHE) (1 cr. hr.)
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    elect three of the following four courses, comprising one year of biology and one semester of geology; or one semester of biology and one year of geology.
  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
    Select from the following Chemistry courses:
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 301 - Organic Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 340 - Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr. hr.)
    Select nine additional credit hours of CHE courses at the 300 level or above, excluding CHE 305 and CHE 306.
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.) and
  • MAT 122 - Calculus B (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
G. Other Requirements

Specific information regarding requirements such as state examinations and Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR) workshops for New York state teaching certification can be found under Teacher Certification.

Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 123-131

Example of the B.S. in Adolescence Education: Chemistry over four years

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16-17

  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.) or
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 224 - Problem-Solving in General Chemistry I (1 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 225 - Problem-Solving in General Chemistry II (1 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 122 - Calculus B (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16

  • CHE 301 - Organic Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 305 - Problem-Solving in Organic Chemistry I (1 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 340 - Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 361 - Introduction to Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16

GE course

  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.) or
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 310 - Foundations of Analytical Chemistry (4 cr. hr.)
Third Year

Fall Total credit hours: 17

  • Biology or Geology course
  • GE course
  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 431 - Physical Chemistry I (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 461 - Senior Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 449 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Biology or Geology course
  • Two GE courses
  • AED 442 - Methods I: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (CHE) (3 cr. hr.)
  • SHH 300 - Normal Language Development (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 350 - Psychology of Language (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 19

Two GE courses

  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 443 - Methods II: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (CHE) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 444 - Laboratory Practicum (CHE) (1 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 451 - Biochemistry I (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 477 - Advanced Laboratory I (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 14
  • AED 445 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education - Science (CHE) (14 cr. hr.)