Department Information

Chair:
Moataz Emam
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

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Program Details

Adolescence Education: Physics and Mathematics (7-12) [APM] (Major)

This major in the Physics Department leads to New York state certification to teach both physics and mathematics in grades 7-12.

Career Potential

  • Physics (7-12) and Mathematics (7-12) teacher
  • Technical specialist
  • Graduate study in higher education

Acceptance to the Program

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 physics and related areas, and a overall grade point average of 3.0 in the professional core courses.

Mathematics Department Course Retake Policy

  • For the purpose of this policy, "course" refers to any course offered by the Mathematics Department that is used to satisfy the requirements of any major or minor offered by the department [MAT], [AEM], [APM].
  • A student may repeat a course to replace a failing grade, grade of X (withdrawal from course) or to improve the student's grade point average when the first enrollment resulted in a passing grade.
  • A student may enroll in a course twice. A third or subsequent enrollment in that course shall be with the approval and by action of the Mathematics Department only. Such approval shall be given on a case by case basis and is not guaranteed. However, unless exceptional circumstances justify otherwise, a student shall not be allowed a third or subsequent enrollment in the same course if their total number of retakes in courses required for the major or minor is four or more. All retakes of the same course count towards this four-course threshold
  • Students who are unable to earn the required grade after their allowable attempts will be blocked from further registration in the course. As such, if this course is required for the major/minor, the student will not be able to complete their program of study and will need to pursue a different major or minor.
  • Courses that are dropped during the add/drop period (the first week of classes) do not count as enrollments in this retake policy.

A. Required Courses in Physics: 30 credit hours
  • PHY 150 - Astronomy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.)
    Cross-listed with MCS 186
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 203 - Principles of Physics III (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 357 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 410 - Modern Physics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 420 - Classical Mechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 450 - Electricity and Magnetism (4 cr. hr.)
B. Required Courses in Mathematics: 33 credit hours
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 224 - Mathematical Reasoning and Proof (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 237 - Calculus III (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 272 - Linear Algebra (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 370 - Algebraic Structures I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 375 - Geometry I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 430 - Differential Equations (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 446 - Probability and Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 480 - History of Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
C. Required Courses in Related Areas of Science: 8 credit hours
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
D. Required Professional Courses: 41 credit hours
  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 392 - Methods I: Teaching Adolescence Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 443 - Methods II: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (BIO) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 444 - Laboratory Practicum (BIO) (1 cr. hr.)
  • AED 445 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education - Science (BIO) (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.)
E. Additional Requirements: 27-34 credit hours
  • Composition and General Elective Courses: 27 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 0-6 credit hours
    Foreign Language through the 102 level is required for certification. A student may begin the sequence at the 101 level, however if a score of 85 or better is received on the New York State Regents exam, only the 102 level is required.
F. 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 D. Students enrolled in an adolescence education science program will not be allowed to progress through courses in the pedagogical sequence if they have notmet 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 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 392 - Methods I: Teaching Adolescence Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 443 - Methods II: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (BIO) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 444 - Laboratory Practicum (BIO) (1 cr. hr.)
  • AED 445 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education - Science (BIO) (14 cr. hr.)
G. 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 D. A student must complete all program requirements before student teaching can begin with the exception of those courses allowed by the Physics Department and the coordinator for adolescence education: science.

H. Other Requirements

Specific information regarding state examinations for New York state teaching certification can be found under [[permalink=28|new]][[/permalink]].

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: 139-146 credit hours