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Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12

Enriching young minds through education is one of the most important contributions you can make to society and to future generations. As a teacher, you will inspire children and open doors through which they will discover their own identities, gifts, and passions. Your choice to pursue a life of service will be meaningful and life-changing for the students whose lives you touch.

Ignite your future in the adolescence education program at St. Thomas Aquinas College and earn your bachelor’s degree in English, mathematics, social science, or Spanish and complete the requirements for teaching certification in grades 7-12. If teaching science is your passion, choose our integrated dual-degree program offered in partnership with our School of STEM and earn a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or physics along with a master’s degree in teaching in just five years. 

Our faculty of experts will challenge you to develop the knowledge and skills to teach students through a vast array of courses and many exciting field experiences. Learn to create inclusive learning environments where diverse students will flourish, and build a complete portfolio of teaching strategies to spark your students’ curiosity and lifelong love of learning.

At a glance

  • Undergraduate Major
  • BA/BS
  • 4 years
  • Main campus

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Ignite Your Career With Experiential Learning

Our program offers many opportunities to gain hours of valuable experience working with students in the classroom setting. Many students work in summer programs with middle and secondary students and conduct research with faculty mentors. The School of Education partners closely with local districts, opening a gateway for field experiences, internships, supervised student teaching, and employment opportunities upon graduation.

Career Preparation & Mentoring

St. Thomas Aquinas College was founded as a teacher’s college. We have a long legacy of preparing knowledgeable, caring educators who are passionate about learning, teaching, and making a difference in the world, one student at a time. 

Our faculty of experts are set on your success. We will guide you through your college years so you can achieve your full potential and enjoy a rewarding, meaningful career in adolescence education.

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Career Options

A degree in adolescence education, 7-12 will prepare you to succeed in graduate programs and careers in these areas of education:

  • Adolescence Education
  • Special Education
  • Literacy

Our adolescent education students intern and find full-time employment at many school districts and education systems throughout New York and New Jersey, including:

  • Clarkstown North/South High Schools
  • North Rockland High School
  • Tappan Zee High School 
  • Pearl River High School
  • Monroe-Woodbury High School 
  • Spring Valley High School 
  • Suffern High School 
  • Edison Intermediate School
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Program options

The BA/BS in Adolescence Education will prepare you to excel on New York State certification examinations and to succeed in your career as an educator in the 21st century. Guided by experts in all facets of the field, you will gain the skills, knowledge, and experience to teach effectively and to inspire your students to achieve their full potential.

This joint program offered by the School of Education and the School of STEM at St. Thomas Aquinas College enables science students to earn a BA in biology, chemistry, or physics and a MST in Adolescence Education Certification and Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12, in only five years.

Accelerate your education by choosing a dual-degree program in which you can earn both your BA/BS in Adolescence Education and your MSED in just five years. Realize your goals in the program that best matches your career interests: MSED in Literacy Education; MSED in Special Education; or MSED in Special Education with an Autism Specialization.