2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 29, 2023  
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Adolescence Education: Earth Science (7-12) [AES]

This major in the Geology Department  leads to New York state certification to teach earth science in grades 7-12.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the knowledge and practices of contemporary science, including interrelation and interpretation of important concepts, ideas and applications in the field of earth science.
  2. Use understanding of how students learn and develop in order to facilitate acquisition of science knowledge through inquiry.
  3. Engage all students in science learning through goals aligned with state and national standards.
  4. Maintain chemical safety, safety procedures, and the ethical treatment of living organisms needed in the science classroom.
  5. Provide evidence from fair and equitable assessments that students' understanding of major science concepts has changed as a result of instruction by the candidate.
  6. Participate in on-going professional development to improve their knowledge and understanding of both content and pedagogy, including approaches for addressing inequities and assuring inclusion for all students in science.

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in all GLY courses
  • Related Science and Math GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in 27 credit hours in BIO 201, 202, and

CHE 227, 277, 228, 278, and
MAT 121, 135, 201, and
PHY 105, 106, 150, 151, 155

  • Professional Preparation GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in 39 credit hours in AED 391, 442, 443, 444, 445, and

ESL 406, and
HLH 199, and
LIT 449, and
PSY 101, 232, and
SPE 275

A. Required Courses in Geology: 31 credit hours

D. Additional Requirements: 27 credit hours

  • Composition and General Education courses: 18-21 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 3-6 credit hours
    Foreign Language through the 102 level is required for certification. A student may begin the sequence at the 101 or 102 level, depending on high school preparation.
  • Free elective courses: 0-6 credit hours
  • The General Education requirements in the following categories are satisfied by courses in the program:
    • Quantitative Skills (Category 1)
    • Natural Sciences (Category 2)
    • Social Science (Category 3)
    • Presentation Skills (Category 10)
    • Prejudice and Discrimination (Category 11)

E. 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 C above. Students enrolled in an adolescence education science program will not be allowed to progress through courses in the pedagogical sequence if they have not met 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, AED 442, AED 443, AED 444 and AED 445.

F. 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 C.  The following must be completed before the student teaching experience: PSY 232, AED 443, 444, GLY 261, 262, 301, 371, 390 or 397, PHY 150 and 151 or 155, at least three more credit hours from area A, and at least 19 more credit hours from area B, excluding PHY 150, 151, 155.

G. Other Requirements

Specific information regarding requirements such as state examinations for New York state teaching certification can be found under Degree Requirements .

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: 124

Example of the B.S. in Adolescence Education: Earth Science (7-12) over four years

First Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester: 14

First Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Total credit hours for semester 17

Total credit hours for semester 17

Total credit hours for semester 17

Total credit hours for semester 16

Total credit hours for semester 12