Preparing professional educators for a lifetime of teaching and learning

About Adolescent Education at Keuka College

The adolescent 7-12 education program at Keuka College prepares you to teach an increasingly diverse student population. Our program focuses on providing you with knowledge and experience needed to understand developing instructional strategies, teaching you how to design and implement lesson plans, and assessment methods, and above all, helping you think and act like a teacher.

Much of our education program is built on New York State Department of Education requirements. And thanks to unique features like our Field Period™ program, you’ll be able to gain workplace experience even before your student-teaching placement. This means you’ll have the chance to experience classroom instruction from a teacher’s viewpoint in your first year here.

Adolescent Education Program Highlights

Subject Matter Expertise

Choose from one of five subject areas to focus your studies, including English, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Social Studies.

Test the Waters

Explore teaching in a classroom setting during your first semester through our annual Field Period™ program.

Shaping Each Student

Gather the tools needed to help your students learn based on their learning style and natural abilities.

Explore Adolescent Education

Program Overview

The adolescent education program at Keuka College prepares you to teach an increasingly diverse student population in grades 7-12. It's about teaching students how to learn, and adapting to the varying learning styles and abilities of your students.

With courses in assessment, educational and adolescent psychology, literacy, classroom management, and integrative methods, you'll be prepared to teach in a variety of settings.

The education curriculum at Keuka College keeps you on the cutting edge of exciting changes in the education field, such as incorporating technology into the learning environment, meeting the needs of an ever-changing population of students, and addressing the impact of globalization in education.

We prepare professional educators who will meet the needs of diverse learners, and are committed to a lifetime of reflective practice, collaborative service and ethical leadership.

In addition to your core adolescent education curriculum, you'll take courses in one of five subject areas. You can also add courses that certify you to teach in special education settings as well.

  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

The Faculty

The education faculty at Keuka College are world-­class teachers and scholars who get to know you on a personal level. They strive to help you fulfill your potential, so you can enter your own classroom fully prepared to teach students at the level of your choosing.

Faculty in the Division of Education

Global Education

Students pursuing an education degree have myriad opportunities for international travel. Each year, professors within the discipline lead group Field Period™ trips abroad.

On campus, students have the chance to live, study, and interact with students from such countries as China, Vietnam, South Africa, and Curacao. Joining the Keuka College International Club (KCIC) or the Multicultural Student Association will further enhance your global interconnectedness.

If you're interested in doing something a little different than teaching in a traditional American classroom, you can register for the brand new Teaching English Abroad minor.

With classes focusing on teaching English such as The English Language and Language in Use, and others such as Multiculturalism and Social Justice, Globalization, Educational Psychology, adding an Education minor to any program will give you the ability to be adventurous after graduating.


There are many ways to get involved outside the classroom at Keuka College. Hone your skills in education with extracurricular clubs and honor societies such as:

  • Council for Exceptional Children/Special Education Club (CEC/SPED)
  • Education Club
  • Lambda Theta Lambda, Education Honor Society


The Teacher Education Program at Keuka College is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from 2013-2020. The accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

The College does not award teacher certification, the New York State Education Department is the only entity that does that.

At the successful completion of all requirements for the major and degree, the college recommends the candidate for certification. The candidate is responsible for fulfilling all certification requirements, which include: major requirements, fingerprinting, certification exams and application for certification.

In cases where the candidate is non-matriculated, or is seeking an additional certification, the candidate is responsible for applying for that certification through a state-recognized certification office.

In all cases, state requirements for certification include:

Anticipated Testing Requirements

Early Childhood Education Educating All Students (EAS)
Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2)
Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
Childhood Education Educating All Students (EAS)
Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
Adolescent Education Educating All Students (EAS)
Content Specialty Test in Area of Content (Social Studies, English, Math, or Science)
Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities (if dual certified)
Multi-Subject Test: Secondary Teachers (Grades 7-12) (if dual certified)
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
Adolescent Special Education Generalist Educating All Students (EAS)
Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities
Multi-Subject Test: Secondary Teachers (Grades 7-12)
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

Information from New York State's exam requirements for initial certification is available on the State's website.

TEACH Certification Application Process

For those candidates who received the TEACH grant, more information about the TEACH certification application process is available from the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives.

New York State Teacher Certification Results

Results are reported in aggregate across all levels.

NYS Teacher Exam Pass Rate Job Placement (in Related Field) Attending Graduate School
Program Year Number of Completers EAS Pass Rate CST-SWD Pass Rate
2014-15 21 100% 91% 33% 52%
2015-16 21 100% 92% 52% 67%
2016-17 13 94% 94% 64% 45%

Admissions Policy

Prospective students intending to major in unified childhood/special education, unified early childhood/special education, or in adolescent education in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or social studies should declare their intention upon entering Keuka College, but may transfer into an education program if they have enrolled in a different program.

Application Process for Teacher Certification Programs

All sophomores in good standing and equivalent transfer students who complete (or transfer in) a list of freshmen-level introductory courses by the end of an academic year are eligible to apply to the Teacher Certification Program in the Fall of their sophomore year, before enrolling in major specific professional courses. 

A satisfactory completion of the application process requirements will allow students to be admitted to and continue in the Teacher Certification Path.

Application process requirements include:

Successful completion of: 

  • EDU 105,
  • ENG 112 (or equivalent),
  • MAT 102 (or equivalent), 
  • EDU 210

Achieve a minimum GPA requirement:

  • Overall GPA: 2.6, 
  • Education GPA: 2.67, and 
  • Content GPA: 2.67

Complete required forms and tasks:

  • Submit an Application form
  • Participate in a Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies (DAP) group interview  
  • Participate in an Oral Fluency task

Students’ results are reviewed and subsequent recommendations for admittance to the certification program or dismissal are communicated to students before their junior year begins.  

Requirements for Student Teaching

To be eligible for placement in student teaching, a student must have an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.75, and a GPA of 3.0 in all education courses. In addition, adolescent education majors need a concentration GPA of 3.0. This level must be attained one semester prior to the student teaching placement. The candidate must have successfully completed the education Field Period requirements.

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
• Junior High School Teacher
• Middle School Science Teacher
• High School Biology Teacher
• High School English Teacher
• High School History Teacher
• High School Math Teacher
• High School Teacher

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

$57,200 284,000 55,900 Bachelor's degree
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

$55,860 175,500 36,800 Bachelor's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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