Students who major in an academic subject may also wish to complete a sequence of courses in education that will enable them to pursue a career teaching students in grades 7-12. The undergraduate programs in adolescent education are designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban secondary schools.
Programs in adolescent education at Hunter College prepare prospective teachers to serve as highly effective educators in urban middle and high schools. Through rigorous course work, fieldwork and student teaching experiences in New York City schools, students learn how to provide an academically rigorous education to students of diverse backgrounds, abilities and interests.
Courses in the academic discipline offered by the School of Arts & Sciences will deepen teacher candidates’ subject knowledge. They will learn how to use knowledge of their subject to design and implement classroom instruction that reflects State and professional standards.
Teacher candidates will learn the theory and practice of effective pedagogy in their subject area. They will gain a grounding in the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education that will inform their teaching. They will study research-based theories and methods of teaching their subject to students with special needs, including special education students and English language learners.
Teacher candidates will learn to design lessons and units of work for students and to adapt their instruction to students’ prior knowledge and level of skill. They will gain expertise in analyzing and using assessments of student achievement to guide and inform their instruction. They will master the use of technology as a tool for teaching their subject. They will learn to manage their classrooms to provide effective instruction for all students. They will practice ways to assess and reflect on their teaching practice in order to strengthen their work with students and grow as professionals.
Teacher candidates will learn to create humane and ethical learning communities in their classrooms and schools in which all students receive the support they need to achieve academically. They will learn to communicate effectively with parents, families, community members and other members of the school faculty and staff in order to provide this support.
The Hunter College School of Education offers the following undergraduate programs leading to initial certification in adolescent education (grades 7-12): biology, chemistry, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, mathematics, physics, Russian, social studies and Spanish. Hunter also offers an undergraduate program leading to initial certification in dance (pre-K-12). In addition, BA/MA programs in biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, music and physics are offered. These programs lead to initial and professional certification.
The program of study for the baccalaureate degree at Hunter College requires a minimum of 120 credits. This is a daytime program that includes fieldwork in New York City public schools designated by the Hunter College School of Education. Students who wish to pursue initial certification in one of the above areas must take a specified sequence of education courses, in addition to fulfilling the college’s General Education Requirement (GER) and the requirements of their liberal arts or sciences major. All relevant departments accept the adolescent education sequence as a minor.