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.
Required Coursework in Liberal Arts and Sciences
In addition to completing a major of at least 30 credits in the area of the teaching certificate to be pursued, applicants must complete a general education core that includes the specific course requirements listed below, which can be fulfilled as part of the college’s core requirement, graduation requirements, and the major:
3. Two courses selected from:
4. 12 credits in math, science or technology
5. 12 credits of study in a language other than English (or exemption by the college on the basis of equivalency);
6. 6 credits in the arts (does not include courses in FILMP, MEDP and MEDIA);
7. A course that includes a focus on communication, which may be met through a variety of disciplines.
Generally met with courses in THEA, MEDIA and the linguistics area of anthropology, including but not limited to
Students who wish to enter the adolescent education sequence must meet all the criteria given below.
- Minimum of 65 credits but no more than 90 credits;
- GPA of at least 2.8. If a student has more than 6 credits of CR/NR grades, the excess of these grades will be calculated as C or F in determining whether the student meets the minimum GPA;
- A grade of at least B in ENGL 12000 (or a 200- or 300-level writing course such as ENGL 201);
- Formal declaration of a major in a subject area appropriate for certification: English, Languages Other than English (Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Spanish), Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies (Geography Option 2), Dance; and
- Submission of an application for admission to the sequence (the application is available in the Office of Educational Services, Room 1000 Hunter West).
The program will conditionally admit transfer students with 60 or more credits who have a GPA of at least 3.3 without requiring that they complete 12 credits at Hunter College. However, they must establish a minimum GPA of 2.8 at Hunter College to continue in the program after the first semester. Any transfer student who has a GPA of 2.8-3.29 must complete 12 credits at Hunter College with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 before being admitted to the program in adolescent education.
- Students interested in applying to the Adolescent Education program should apply at the beginning of the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to enroll.
- Students must participate in a group interview with several other students and School of Education faculty members.
- Students must complete an on-site writing sample that the School of Education faculty will use to assess written English skills.
- Students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 and an education sequence index of 2.8.
- 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.
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 2.8 and an education sequence index of 2.8.
Students should register to take the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations during their junior year. Students will not be allowed to enroll in student teaching until their scores on the LAST have been received by the School of Education. Students who do not pass the LAST at least partly because of low scores on subtest 4 and/or 5 must enroll in a college writing course before being allowed to register for any additional courses.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Major Requirements for Adolescent Education (BA and BA/MA) and Dance Education (BA)
Note: See the major department sections of the catalog for specific course requirements in these areas.
English (7-12) 30-credit major in English for adolescent education.
Languages Other than English 7-12 33-credit major in one of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Spanish.
Mathematics 7-12 30-credit major in mathematics + one year of calculus (MATH 15000 and 15500, or the equivalent).
Biology 7-12 37-credit major in biology + 33.5 - 36.5 credits in additional science and math courses.
Chemistry 7-12 33- or 35-credit major in chemistry.
Physics 7-12 30-credit major in physics.
Social Studies 7-12 33-credit major in geography plus 9 credits of specified course work in history and geography as prerequisites; or a 33-credit major in history, including a course in geography, plus a course with a focus on political science and a course with a focus on economics
Dance Pre K-12 34-credit major in dance
BA/MA Chemistry 7-12 minimum of 134 credits to include chemistry major (minimum of 24 credits) and associated auxiliary courses (30.5 credits) at the undergraduate level; 14 graduate credits in chemistry.
BA/MA Mathematics 7-12 minimum of 141 credits to include 46 credits in mathematics including a year of calculus (MATH MATH 15000 and MATH 15500 or equivalent), MATH 25000 , MATH 26000 , MATH 31100 (or the equivalent), 620, 623 or 634, 630, 661, STAT 21300 and STAT 614 (or the equivalent), plus 9 additional credits, at the 25000 level, selected with the approval of the departmental mathematics education adviser.
BA/MA Music Pre-K-12 minimum of 140 credits to include 42-credit music major equivalent to the undergraduate music major plus 22 graduate credits for a total of 64 credits in music.
Fieldwork and Student Teaching
Field experiences and student teaching will take place in sites approved by the Hunter College School of Education.
- Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+, C or D in student teaching must officially register for and repeat that experience. Students will be permitted to repeat student teaching only once.
- Any student who receives a grade of F in student teaching will not be permitted to continue in the program.
- Students must submit an application during the semester before they plan to student teach.