Adolescent Young Adult Education, 7-12

Dr. Katie Cripe, Program Coordinator


In cooperation with various discipline departments in the University, the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership Studies offers a four-year adolescent/young adult license approved by the Ohio Department of Education.  The Adolescent/Young Adult  (Grades 7-12), Bachelor of Science in Education degree requires a minimum of 121 semester hours of course work (each content area requires a specific number of semester hours) 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.  

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Adolescent/Young Adult Program will be qualified to teach in the 7-12 classroom.  Additional opportunities may be available in the private sector to tutor students. It is recommended that students in this major consider adding the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement to increase marketability.  Graduates wanting to teach College Credit Plus courses should consider a Master of Science in Education Content Area Concentration degree.

Professional Dispositions:  

In addition to the above learning outcomes, teacher candidates are expected to display the following professional dispositions:

  • Creating fairness in the classroom
  • Providing an inclusive environment that is safe and conducive to learning
  • Demonstrating the belief that all students can learn
  • Fostering collaborative relationships to support student learning and well- being
  • Exhibiting professional skills

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Students complete over 120 hours of pre-clinical experiences in addition to student teaching. Field experiences are included in the following courses and offer opportunities to provide varying levels of classroom support (observing, one-on-one tutoring, small group teaching, co-teaching, whole class teaching).

Field Experiences

Preclinical Field Experiences:  

The preclinical experience is conducted in local schools and provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to complete an in-depth field experience prior to student teaching.  This field experience requires a substantial time commitment, as teacher candidates spend the entire day in schools during designated weeks. The Adolescent/Young Adult preclinical experience is scheduled during the fall semester.  Applications for the preclinical experience must be submitted (1) one year in advance to BCOE Room 2101, by September 1 for the preclinical experience.  Contact the Beeghly College of Education, academic advisors for minimum preclinical prerequisites. 


  • SED 4800C Science Methods for Adolescent and Young Adult Learners


  • SED 4800E English Methods for Adolescent and Young Adult Learners


  • SED 4800M Mathematics Methods for Adolescent and Young Adult Learners


  • SED 4800S Social Studies Methods for Adolescent and Young Adult Learners

Student Teaching

Students complete a 16 week student teaching experience.  Students must pass the edTPA performance-based assessment with a minimum score of 37 during this experience.

  • SED 4842 Supervised Student Teaching: High School
  • SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education


Advisement is provided by the education advisors in Beeghly Hall.  Majors in this program must complete general education requirements, subject area curriculum requirements, reading course requirements, and professional education requirements.  Prior to student teaching, all adolescent/young adult majors must complete a preclinical experience. 

Required Assessments

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) assess the content area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator license or adding a new licence area.  The assessments are aligned with Ohio's New Learning Standards.  Teacher candidates must pass these exams prior to student teaching.

003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) (All AYA Teacher Candidates)

020 English Language Arts (for teacher candidates with ELA concentration)

027 Mathematics (for teacher candidates with Math concentration)

024 Integrated Science (for teacher candidates with Science concentration)

025 Integrated Social Studies (for teacher candidates with Social Studies concentration)


The following endorsements are available to individuals holding this teaching license and may increase marketability:  K-12 TESOL Endorsement, K-12 Reading Endorsement.