Department Information

Chair:
David Barclay
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2815
Fax: 607-753-4973

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Program Details

Adolescence Education: Earth Science (7-12) [AES] (Major)

This major in the Geology Department leads to New York state certification to teach earth science in grades 7-12.

Career Potential

  • Earth science teacher (7-12)
  • Naturalist/interpreter

A. Required Courses in Geology: 32 credit hours
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 301 - Mineralogy (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 302 - Petrology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 363 - Invertebrate Paleontology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 367 - Geomorphology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 371 - Meteorology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 397 - Physical Oceanography (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GLY 410 - Hydrogeology (3 cr. hr.)
    and three credit hours from:
  • GLY 400 - Supplemental Field Studies (1-3 cr. hr.) or
  • GLY 476 - Geologic Field Methods (3-4 cr. hr.)
B. Courses in Related Science/Math Areas: 26 credit hours
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 150 - Astronomy (3 cr. hr.)
Choose one of the following three-course groups:
I.
  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.)
II.
  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.) or
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 106 - Elementary Electricity, Light and Sound (4 cr. hr.)
C. Professional Preparation: 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 (GLY) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 443 - Methods II: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (GLY) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 444 - Laboratory Practicum (GLY) (1 cr. hr.)
  • AED 445 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education - Science (GLY) (14 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.)
  • ESL 406 - Educating English Language Learners (3 cr. hr.)
D. Additional Requirements: 25-33 credit hours
  • Composition and General Education courses: 21-27 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 3-6 credit hours
    Foreign Language through the 102 level is required for certification. A student may begin the sequence at the 101 or 102 level, depending on high school preparation.
  • Free elective courses: 0-1 credit hours
  • The General Education requirements in the following categories are satisfied by courses in the program:
    • Quantitative Skills (Category 1)
    • Natural Sciences (Categories 2 and 13)
    • Social Science (Category 3)
    • Presentation Skills (in Category 10)
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 a 3.0 is required in area C.  The following must be completed before the student teaching experience: PSY 232, AED 443, 444, GLY 261, 262, 301, 302, 363, 367, PHY 150, and at least 19 more credit hours from area B, excluding PHY 150.

G. Other Requirements

Specific information regarding requirements such as state examinations and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment 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: 124-132