Oct 18, 2017
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Adolescent Biology, Grades 7-12 - BA/MA
The BA/MA program in Adolescent Biology Education leads to initial certification as a teacher in New York State.
The undergraduate programs in adolescent education are designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban secondary schools. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their liberal arts or sciences major. These programs include fieldwork in New York City Public schools.
The Education course of study is a 27-credit sequence that students usually complete over four semesters in addition to the major in the subject they plan to teach.
Applying for Admission
Before Hunter students can declare a School of Education major or minor, they must apply to the School of Education and be accepted. The School of Education application is open to current Hunter students throughout the year, and can be accessed online through the School of Education website. Students interested in an Education program should apply as early as is possible in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to enroll. Transfer students should seek advisement about applying to the School of Education as soon as they have been admitted to Hunter. Transfer students who have a GPA of at least 3.3 may apply to start an Education program in their first term at Hunter.
All applicants must complete an on-site writing test to assess written English skills, as well as participate in a group interview with other students and School of Education faculty members. Accepted students will declare both an appropriate major in the School of Arts & Sciences, and a major or minor in the School of Education.
Undergraduate teacher education programs require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Candidates for BA/MA programs must also receive approval for graduate-level study by the relevant department in the School of Arts & Sciences. The School of Education does not accept nondegree or second-degree students. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.
1. Minimum of at least 65 credits but no more than 90 credits.
2. A Hunter College Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
3. Receive a grade of B or better in ENGL 12000 .
4. Have no more than 6 cr. of CR/NC grades.
5. Formal declaration of a major in biology.
6. Transfer students will have to complete 12 credits of coursework at Hunter College before applying. However, transfer students with 60 or more credits and a GPA of 3.3 or better may be immediately considered for admission.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Major Requirements
Complete the full major in Biology replacing 10 credits of elective courses that they take towards the BA with graduate courses. Complete the extra 19 credits of graduate biology courses for a total of 29 graduate biology credits.
New York State Liberal Arts & Science Distribution Requirement
These are courses required for School of Education students. Most of these courses may also be used toward the Common Core Requirements.
- 6 credits of English courses
- 6 credits of social studies (at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography)
- 3 credits in the arts
- 6 credits of foreign language
- 6 credits in math (a college course in calculus meets this requirement)
Academic Progress Standards
- Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and an education sequence index of at least 3.0.
- Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+, C or D in student teaching must apply to the department chairperson for permission to reregister for that course, which may be repeated only once.
- Any student who receives a grade of D+ or D in a course in the education sequence will be required to repeat that course. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.
- Any student who receives a grade of F in any course in the pedagogical sequence (including student teaching) will not be permitted to continue in the program.
- Any student who has more than two grades of IN will be permitted to register for only one course the following semester
- Second Methods Course: Students will be permitted to register for the second methods course in their subject area only after having met the following requirements: Completion of 18 credits of study in the major subject area; approval of the major department adviser; and maintenance of an overall GPA of 3.0 and an education sequence index of 3.0.
- Take and pass both the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams prior to student teaching.
- Complete at least 21 credits in an approved Arts & Sciences major before student teaching.
Course of Study
Education Courses for BA/MA in Adolescent Biology. For course descriptions please see the graduate catalog.
- SEDF 70300: Social Foundations of Education: Grades 7-12
- SEDF 70400: Adolescent Development
- SEDF 70500: Educational Psychology: Applications in Grades 7-12
- SEDF 70600: Assessment of the Teaching and Learning Process in Grades 7-12
- SEDC 71000: Building the Foundations of Literacy in Grades 7-12
- SEDC 72000: Adolescent Health and Safety
- SEDC 71300: Methods I: Advanced Study of Secondary Learning Environments for Teaching Mathematics and Science
- SEDC 72400: Methods II: Intensive Study of Teaching Diverse Learners in Science Grades 7-12
- SEDC 75401: Student Teaching in Grades 7-12: Biology
- SPED 70800: Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings
School of Education Exit Standards
Students must meet the following criteria in order to graduate with a School of Education major or minor:
- Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
- Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) anti-bullying workshop. The DASA workshop is required for all students in a NYS certiifcation program at the School of Education. The workshop requires six clock hours of coursework or training.