Adolescence Education Major

Possible NYS Initial Certifications

  • Adolescence Education: Biology and General Science
  • Adolescence Education: Chemistry and General Science
  • Adolescence Education: Earth Science and General Science
  • Adolescence Education: English
  • Adolescence Education: French
  • Adolescence Education: Mathematics
  • Adolescence Education: Physics and General Science
  • Adolescence Education: Social Studies
  • Adolescence Education: Spanish

Recent Practicum / Student Teaching Locations

  • Canandaigua Central School District
  • Dansville Central School District
  • LeRoy Central School District
  • Mt. Morris Central School District
  • Pittsford Central School District
  • Rush-Henrietta Central School District
  • Victor Central School District
  • Webster Central School District
  • York Central School District

Alumni Spotlight

Ari Kramer ‘17

Major: Physics, Adolescence Education

Career: Kramer is currently a physics teacher with the West Irondequoit, NY, Central School District. “The mentorship and education I received at Geneseo prepared me extremely well.”

Adolescence Education Major

Why study adolescence education at Geneseo?

Students in Geneseo’s adolescence education program major in a primary area of study (e.g., English, history, physics) and complete certification courses in the School of Education. The program helps students combine their content area knowledge with the methods good teachers use to be effective teachers in classrooms of diverse students.

Students work in schools with middle and high school students, learn how to plan lessons and units in their content area, and develop their professional stance as a future teacher.


All adolescence education teacher candidates complete a minimum of 100 hours of field experience and two student teaching placements. The practical experiences teach them to apply coursework knowledge to real-life classroom situations.

Program Options

Program Highlights

  • Nationally accredited through Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • On-campus clubs for networking, such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Association, help education students explore careers, volunteer, tutor, network, and more
  • Opportunities for research
  • Welcome to the Education Major course for new majors

Example Careers

  • Education Activist
  • Education Attorney
  • Education Software Developer
  • Educational Technology Specialist
  • High School Teacher
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Middle School Teacher
  • School District Administrator
  • School Librarian
  • School Principal
  • Special Education Teacher
  • TESOL Instructor

Recent Employers

  • Alexander Schools
  • Buffalo Board of Education
  • Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District
  • Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District
  • Mt. Morris Central School District
  • NYC Central School District
  • Pavilion Central School District
  • Perry Central School District
  • Plainville Central School District
  • Rochester Central School District
  • Roslyn Central School District
  • Syosset Central School District
  • Syracuse Central School District
  • Victor Central School District
  • Wyoming Central School District

Contact Info

Dennis Showers, Program Coordinator
South Hall 222C

School of Education

Education Faculty

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