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Dr. Katie Cripe, Program Coordinator

Adolescent/Young Adult Education (7-12)

Integrated Language Arts


In cooperation with various academic disciplines in the University, the Department of Teacher Education offers a four-year AYA Education Program (grades 7-12), Integrated Language Arts, approved by the Ohio Department of Education.  The Integrated Language Arts license, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree requires a minimum of 127 semester hours of coursework including a semester of student teaching.  Please refer to the four-year plan for additional information.  This teaching license requires passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to be eligible to student teach.  

General Education Requirements12
Core Competencies
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Select one of the following two Math courses or any higher Math course. Math 2652 is preferred math course if you are required to take the Math Praxis Core.
Quantitative Reasoning
Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2
General Education Knowledge Domains
Some courses are categroized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once within the General Education model. Courses listed for GER's below are required in this program.
Arts and Humanities6
These 6 s.h. of AH requirements, are met with courses in the major
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 lab)7
Social Science6
General Psychology
Introduction to Language
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE
Subject Area Curriculum
JOUR 2622News Reporting 13
ENGL 2631Mythology in Literature (AH)3
ENGL 3700Literary Study3
ENGL 3705Young Adult Literature3
ENGL 3710British Literature 13
ENGL 3711British Literature 23
ENGL 3712American Literature 13
ENGL 3713American Literature 23
ENGL 3741Advanced Writing for Teachers 1,23
ENGL 4821Advising Student Media3
ENGL 4881Shakespeare and His World3
Select one of the following American Literature courses:3
American Literature in Historical Perspective
American Genres
Themes in American Literature
American Literary Conversations
The Black Experience in American Literature
Select one of the following World/Multicultural Literature courses:3
World Literature (AH/SPA)
Women in Literature (AH/SPA)
American Literature and Diversity (AH/SPA)
African Literature
Images of Women
Selected Topics in World Literature
Selected Topics in Multicultural Studies
Select one of the following Language/Linguistics courses:3
Language and Culture
Development of the English Language
Language Acquisition
Advanced Linguistics
TESOL Methods
English Grammar
Select one of the following Media Literacy courses:3
Survey of American Mass Communications
History of Motion Pictures (AH)
Introduction to Film Study (AH)
Professional and Technical Writing
Select one of the following Upper Division British Literature courses:3
Major Figures in British Literature
British Genres, Circles, and Movements
The Medieval World
The English Renaissance
Restoration and Eighteenth Century British Literature
The Romantic Period
Nineteenth Century British Literature Studies
Early Twentieth Century British Studies
British Literature from World War II to the Present
Select one of the following Advanced English Studies courses:3
Introduction to Literary Theory
Senior Seminar
Additional Upper Division American
Additional Upper Division British
Select two of the following Oral Communication courses:6
Communication in Groups and Organizations
Interpersonal Communication
Oral Interpretation
Professional Education Curriculum
FOUN 1501Introduction to Education3
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 13
FOUN 3708Education and Society 1,23
TERG 3711Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years 1,23
SED 3706Principles of Teaching Adolescents 23
Preclinical Curriculum
FOUN 3710Educational Assessment 23
SED 4800ESpecial Methods: English 23
Student Teaching Curriculum
SED 4842Supervised Student Teaching: High School 210
SED 4842AStudent Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 22
Total Semester Hours for the Degree: 127 s.h.

Prerequisites for Preclinical Curriculum


Upper Division course

BCOE Notes:

  • Neither admission to the University nor declaration of a major related to a teaching field guarantees admission to the BCOE’s Teacher Education Programs or candidacy for a teaching license. Formal Admission to Teacher Education (Upper-Division) is required before students are allowed to enroll in junior and senior level courses in the college.  Undetermined Education students must declare a major before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program is obtained upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:
    • Minimum completion of 50 s.h.
    • Minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Overall GPA 3.4 or better, OR
    • ACT scores of Reading 21, English 18, Mathematics 22, OR
    • SAT scores of Reading 450, Writing 430, Mathematics 520, OR
    • Praxis CORE scores, Reading 156, Writing 162, Mathematics 150
  • Grade of "B" or better in:
    • ENGL 1550
    • ENGL 1551
    • If failure to receive a grade of "B" or better in ENGL 1550 and ENGL 1551 - ENGL 2601 grade must be a "B" or better. If you recieve a "C" or below, you will need to retake the course.
  • Grade of "B" or better in the following courses. If you do not have a "B" or better, you will need to retake one or more of these courses until the "B" is achieved.
    • FOUN 1501
    • CMST 1545
    • SPED 2630
    • ENGL 3700 
  • Professional education, preclinical, and student teaching courses may only be repeated one time.
  • Minimum requirements for teachers' licenses are determined by the Ohio Department of Education; if those requirements change, they become effective immediately at Youngstown State University. 

Program Notes:

  • TERG 3711 and ENGL 3741 are to be taken concurrently a semester before preclinical.

Upper Division Notes:

Upper Division Application (The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.)

  • After candidates have completed a minimum of 50 s.h., they should submit an Upper Division application along with the completion of the Good Moral Character Statement, a copy of BCI and FBI clearances, and Dispositional Assessment to the BCOE Office of Student Services, room 2101, no later than:
    • September 1 - to register for upper division courses for Spring 
    • February 1 - to register for upper division courses for summer and fall
  • Each completed application must be reviewed and approved by the Upper Division Admission and Retention Committee. If all requirements are met, the student will be allowed to register for upper division courses the following semester. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed until the end of the respective semester.

Preclinical Application with Request for Graduation Evaluation

  • The application must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.
  • Preclinical application with the Graduation Evaluation Request summary is to be submitted one year prior to the intended preclinical semester to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than
    • September 1 - for Fall preclinical
    • February 1 - for Spring preclinical
  • Preclinical candidates are screened for eligibility because specific course and grade point average prerequisites must be met.

Student Teaching Notes:

  • Prerequisites: BCOE upper division and senior status, overall 2.75 GPA, minimum of 2.67 GPA in subject area curriculum and professional education courses with no grade less than a "C", and passage of OAE test(s) and ACTFL tests for foreign language.
  • Instructions for completing the Student Teaching application and forms are available on BCOE website. The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website and submitted to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than:
    • September 1 - to student teach the following spring semester
    • February 1 - to student teach the following fall semester

Graduation Process

  • Apply for graduation during the first three weeks of the semester you plan to graduate (you must have a graduation evaluation completed in advance).

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Education without Licensure:

  • Students choosing to graduate without licensure must apply for approval to graduate without licensure at the BCOE Office of Student Services, 2101 Beeghly Hall, 330-941-3268.
  • Once approved, students must complete all program requirements except for student teaching curriculum.  In place of student teaching curriculum, students will take TCED 4830 Undergraduate Capstone Course for Education Majors

General Education Requirements:

  • All students must satisfy General Education requirements; some majors, prescribe specific GE courses. 
  • Courses taken for the major may be applied toward satisfying General Education requirements but credit hours toward graduation cannot be double counted.
  • Approved General Education courses can be found at


  • Freshmen, athletes,and students on warning and probation are required to meet with an advisor before registration.
  • It is recommended that all majors meet with a faculty advisor every semester.

Financial Aid:


  • Residency rule requires the last 30 semester hours of your degree and at least 16 semester hours in your major and 21 semester hours in upper-division courses to be completed at YSU.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
FOUN 1501 Introduction to Education 3
ENGL 2631 Mythology in Literature 3
TCED 1500 Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE 3
 Semester Hours15
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
Natural Science/Lab GER 4
ENGL World Multiculture Literature Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
ENGL 2651 Introduction to Language (satisfies an SPA elective requirement) 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 3705 Young Adult Literature 3
ENGL 3700 Literary Study 3
Media Literacy Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
ENGL 3710 British Literature 1 3
ENGL 3712 American Literature 1 3
JOUR 2622 News Reporting 1 3
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
Oral Communications Elective 3
 Semester Hours18
Year 3
ENGL 3711 British Literature 2 3
ENGL 3713 American Literature 2 3
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
Upper Division British Literature Elective 3
Language /Linguistics Elective 3
Oral Communication Elective 3
 Semester Hours18
FOUN 3708 Education and Society 3
SED 3706 Principles of Teaching Adolescents 3
ENGL 4821 Advising Student Media 3
ENGL 3741 Advanced Writing for Teachers 3
TERG 3711 Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years 3
Natural Science GER 3
 Semester Hours18
Year 4
FOUN 3710 Educational Assessment 3
SED 4800E Special Methods: English 3 3
ENGL 4881 Shakespeare and His World 3
American Literature Elective 3
Advanced English Studies Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
SED 4842 Supervised Student Teaching: High School 10
SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours127