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Scott Anderson
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Phone: 607-753-4107
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Program Details

Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Geography (7-12) [SST and GRY] (Dual Major)

This program in the Geography Department allows students who major in geography to qualify for certification to teach adolescence education in social studies (grades 7-12). It combines a major in geography with additional course work and professional teacher preparation.

Career Potential

  • Junior high and high school teacher
  • Teaching adolescence social studies
  • Professional schools such as law or social work
  • Business
  • Government and non-profit agencies and organizations

A. Requirements for the Geography major

See Geography [GRY] major.

B. Professional Preparation: 38-44 credit hours
Required Courses: 8 credit hours
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.)
  • POL 100 - Introduction to American Government and Politics (3 cr. hr.)
    Select one course from GE 12: Science, Technology, Values and Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 370 - Will the World Provide? A Research Experience for Students (3 cr. hr.) This course is highly recommended to fulfill the GE 12 requirement.
Select 3 credit hours in economics
  • ECO 105 - Political Economy and Social Thought (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ECO 110 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
Select 6 credit hours in geography
  • GRY 120 - Cultural Geography (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 125 - Human Geography and Global Development (3 cr. hr.)
    Select an additional geography course from the following:
  • GRY 370 - Will the World Provide? A Research Experience for Students (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 480 - United States (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 481 - Geography of New York State (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 482 - The Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 484 - Geography of Europe (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 485 - Africa, South of the Sahara (3 cr. hr.)
Select 15 credit hours in history
  • HIS 100 - The World to 1500 (3 cr. hr.) and
  • HIS 101 - The World Since 1500 (3 cr. hr.)
  • HIS 110 - Western Civilization to 1715 (3 cr. hr.) and
  • HIS 111 - Western Civilization since 1715 (3 cr. hr.)
    also select
  • HIS 200 - The United States to 1877 (3 cr. hr.) and
  • HIS 201 - The United States Since 1877 (3 cr. hr.)
    and take three additional credit hours of history at the 300 level or above with the global/transnational attribute.
Select 3 credit hours from
  • AED 310 - Writing in Social Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 449 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 549 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
Select an additional 3 credit hours from
  • PSY 350 - Psychology of Language (3 cr. hr.) or
  • SHH 300 - Normal Language Development (3 cr. hr.)
Select 2 courses: 6 credit hours

Note: Transfer students with credit for PSY 232 or PSY 332 will be waived from the PSY 101 requirement.

  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
C. Professional Sequence: Junior year, 7 credit hours
  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
    SSTW majors should take this course fall semester only. A 25-hour field requirement is attached to this course.
  • AED 300 - Introduction to Secondary Social Studies (1 cr. hr.)
    Spring semester only. A 35-hour field requirement is attached to this course. Requires acceptance into the adolescence education: social studies (SST) major. See program requirements for details. See department for requirements.
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
D. Professional Sequence: Senior year, 21 credit hours

The SST senior sequence is for seniors meeting all SST major and program requirements. AED 301 should be taken the fall semester that precedes student teaching (AED 400, 401, and 402). Student teaching is a capstone experience. Students who cannot graduate by the December following student teaching may not register for the AED 400, 401, 402 sequence.

To be eligible for student teaching, a student must have been accepted into the adolescence education: social studies (7-12) major by the beginning of the second semester of the junior year and must have senior status, at or near 90 credit hours, with 24 credit hours in the academic social science major, which must be officially declared. A student must also have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher, a grade point average of 2.7 or higher in the academic social science major, and a C or better in AED 300. No student who receives a grade below a C- in any introductory course in the academic social science major will be allowed to enter student teaching until the course has been retaken and a higher grade earned.

  • AED 301 - Pre-Practice Teaching Seminar (6 cr. hr.)
    Fall semester only. A 40-hour field requirement is attached to this course and must be completed during the preceding spring (May-June).
Student Teaching

Spring semester only. No other courses may be taken during the student teaching semester.

  • AED 400 - Student Teaching I: Adolescence Education Social Studies (7 cr. hr.)
  • AED 401 - Student Teaching II: Adolescence Education Social Studies (7 cr. hr.)
  • AED 402 - Student Teaching Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 126