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Adolescent Education, Bachelor of Science in Education

Curriculum and Instruction


The B.S. in Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) has concentrations in English, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Social Studies and Spanish (some concentrations are not available on all campuses). Completion of an undergraduate program in The School of Education entitles a student to be eligible to receive initial New York State Certification. Students who earn this degree are qualified to teach in grades 7-12.

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The program will prepare graduates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of content and pedagogy of academic instruction in adolescent education.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories pertaining to adolescents and learning.
  • Identify theories and models for teaching students with exceptionalities,
    diverse learners and students at risk and their application in academic instruction.
  • Use the principles of scientifically based research to obtain valid knowledge about instruction and assessment in the middle and high school grades.
  • Use the findings of scientifically based research and best practices in the field and demonstrate the effect of these changes on content and pedagogy

Demonstrate knowledge of students.

  • Describe characteristics of the age group that may include but need not be limited to ethnicity, race, religion and gender and how they affect pedagogy
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the expected skills and knowledge base of students in your discipline

Demonstrate the ability to effectively utilize a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods and materials to support middle school and high school instruction in the classroom, including those from each specific discipline’s guiding professional body.

  • Describe types of instructional practices, approaches and methods used to teach content.
  • Apply instructional practices in practicum settings.
  • Compare and contrast effectiveness of a variety of teaching techniques.
  • Demonstrate how research findings of professional organizations can be used to strengthen and update professional practice.

Formulate a plan of instruction to teach and/or provide differential instruction of a given content as prescribed in the state standards for middle school and/or high school learning.

  • Prepare instructional plans appropriate to meet the needs of all students, including those from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and with learning difficulties.
  • Describe a learning environment that fosters academic achievement by assessing the level of prior knowledge, and using available materials, resources and/or technology.
  • Demonstrate the use of technology as it applies to the specific content area.
  •  Explain differences in technological hardware and software relevant in the field.

Formulate a plan of instruction plan that demonstrates the Vincentian value of service to the field of education as it applies to the content area.

  • Describe various ways in which service opportunities can be applied in your content area.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Vincentian value of service by completing a service-learning project and/or participating in a community related charitable scenario.

Our Program


  • Biology
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

To earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Adolescent Education, students complete 132-133 credits, including core, major-sequence and content courses.

Common Core — 27 Credits

Discover New York 3

Distributed Core — 18 Credits

Foreign Language  6
PHI2200 CPhilosophy3
THE2000 levelTheology3

Additional Liberal Arts Courses — 12 Credits

MATHPer Advisor 6
ART or MUS1000Art or MUS3

Major Sequence — 39-40 credits

EDU101Introduction to Education (1-12)1
EDU1000 or 1000HFoundations of Education (1-12)3
EDU1002Learning and Development Adolescence (7-12)3
EDU1008Special Education Foundations & Accommodating Students Needs (1-12)3
EDU1011Human Relations in Inclusive & Multiculturalism (1-12)3
EDU1012Language Acquisition and Literacy/Adolescent (7-12)3
EDU1053Organizational Strategies & Classroom Environment (7-12)3
EDU1015Technology and Society: School, Community, Workplace (1-12)3
EDU1028Education Theory to Practice-Adolescence (7-12)3
EDU 1055 The Art of Writing for Educators (1-12) 3


1091-Social Studies

 Based on Content

Innovative Stratgies for Secondary Setting (7-12)

 EDU 1092-Science Based on Content

Innovative Stratgies for Secondary Setting (7-12)

 EDU1093-Math  Based on Content

Innovative Stratgies for Secondary Setting (7-12)



Based on Content

Innovative Strategies for Seconday Setting (7-12)

EDU1096-EnglishBased on Content

Innovative Stratgies for Secondary Setting (7-12)


Research to Practice: Applications for Secondary Teaching and Learning (7-12)

*Required to be taken with content based subject noted above (1091/1092/1092/1094/1096) 

EDU1022Student Teaching and Seminar/Adolescent Education (7-12)12

Content Area — 36 credits(by advisement)
Students should select one content area from the following in consultation with an advisor: English, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Language, Science or Social Studies.

(Workshops in fingerprinting, violence prevention, and child abuse are also required to obtain NYS certification.)


For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
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Admission Office -  Staten Island campus
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Additional Information

Childhood Education majors at St. John's benefit from the outstanding resources, curriculum and opportunities available in The School of Education, which has prepared leading teachers, administrators and researchers for more than 100 years.

Students learn from renowned scholar-practitioners with abundant experience in and connections to public and parochial schools throughout the New York City area and across the country.

St. John’s metropolitan and Vincentian missions are reflected in The School of Education’s many strategic partnerships with New York City-area schools. These partnerships and the School’s highly regarded after-school programs for at-risk students help create internship and career opportunities for Childhood Education majors — providing invaluable experience and leading to full-time employment after graduation.

Childhood Education majors also gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of the more than 180 student clubs, programs, and organizations at St. John's — those in The School of Education:

  • America Reads*America Serves: A program that calls on all Americans to support teachers as they help ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of third grade.
  • Dean's Scholars: Membership is reserved for the top students in The School of Education, who act as ambassadors, leaders and role models.
  • Jumpstart: A national early literacy non-profit organization that works towards the day when every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
  • Kappa Delta Pi: An international honor society dedicated to excellence in teaching.

Of course, Childhood Education majors also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy.

Campus facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume Library. Our D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and full-service food court.

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.

Department Contact

Bernadette A Zacharuk

Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs

Sullivan Hall 403
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Department Contact

Dr. Xiaojun (June) Chen

Chair and Associate Professor

Sullivan Hall Room 420

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