Adolescence Education

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Are you interested in working with middle and high school students?  Then our Adolescence Education Program is for you.  At Molloy University, you can pursue a degree that leads to New York State certification as a middle/high school teacher of Grades 7-12 in the following content areas Biology, Earth Science, English, Math, Social Studies, and Spanish. 

Required Coursework*

The number of credits required for each degree differs slightly.  Refer to the course catalog for specific information on each program.

  • General Education Requirements (38-48 credits)
  • Content Area Requirements (40-55 credits)
  • Education Requirements (31 credits)
  • Elective Requirements (1-8 credits)
  • Total Credits (121-122 credits)

*Please note: Courses are offered in a variety of modalities to accommodate all Molloy University students: hybrid, asynchronous, and in-person classes.


During your time at Molloy University, you will have two faculty advisors.  One from education and one from your content area.  Together they will guide you through your coursework to successfully complete your degree and help you plan your next steps after graduation.

Field Experience

As part of your Education requirements, you will participate in three field experiences.  The first field experience will give you the opportunity to observe in a local middle or high school.  The second field experience, pre-student teaching, will take place the semester before you graduate.  You will observe and teach observe in a local middle or high school.  In your final semester, you will student teach where you will be in the classroom with your cooperating teacher full-time.  You will have many opportunities to teach and be observed by your Molloy University Field Supervisor and your cooperating teacher both will provide feedback to help you improve your craft. 

Degrees Offered/New York State Certification

The following degrees will lead to New York State Initial Certification as a Teacher of Grades 7-12 in the content area indicated:

  • Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Earth Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Math
  • Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Social Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Spanish

Transfer students are welcome into this program. Learn more about transferring to Molloy, including transfer guidelines, articulation agreements and funding opportunities.