Adolescence to Young Adult Education, B.S.E.

Share your interest in Shakespeare, trigonometry, the colonial period or ecology with students in junior and senior high schools. Adolescence to young adult education licensure prepares you to teach grades seven through 12 by pursuing in-depth studies in your area of concentration. The department offers courses leading to provisional licensure in foreign language, integrated language arts, integrated mathematics, integrated social studies, and sciences and integrated science.

Program Overview

The adolescence to young adult education program prepares you to be a highly qualified teacher. In addition to developing a comprehensive knowledge of your specialized teaching field, you will develop a personal and professional commitment to the teaching profession. The curriculum provides hands-on teaching and classroom observation opportunities (field experiences) in conjunction with education courses, and you will also learn about the school’s role in society.

As an adolescence to young adult education major, you must be committed to assisting seventh through 12th grade students learn and grow. You will examine — and seek your own answers to — the pertinent questions of education: why there must be structure in learning; why there must be freedom in learning; why learning requires motivation; and why learning requires others.

In order to be approved for student teaching and recommended for licensure, you must maintain a 2.5 grade point average overall, both in professional education courses and in your teaching field.


The School of Education and Health Sciences is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Generally, Ohio licensure granted in the School of Education and Health Sciences extends to most states. By the end of your first year, you must pass the Praxis I, which assesses reading, writing and mathematics skills. Licensure is contingent on successfully passing a state-mandated exit examination, Praxis II, that tests your knowledge in the principles of learning and teaching, and the content area of specialization. Passing scores for the Praxis II are established by the state of Ohio.

If you are a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, you may earn teacher licensure by following your degree program and taking designated professional education courses, including student teaching. You will graduate with a bachelor's degree in your major and qualify for teacher licensure for grades seven through 12. Students in art, foreign language and music qualify for prekindergarten through grade 12 licensure.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements for all programs can be found in the online Catalog.

Additional Information

A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in adolescence to young adult education. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.