The Teaching major with a Concentration in Adolescent to Young Adult Education is offered to students who hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in teaching in grades 7-12.  All candidates for AYA licensure must have a subject area concentration for the subject to be taught. This is usually equivalent to an undergraduate degree with a major in the subject area to be taught. The Mount offers licensure programs in the following subject content areas: Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Science, and Integrated Social Studies.  Students are eligible for an adolescent to young adult resident educator license in their respective subject area when they successfully complete the program.

Required content courses are undergraduate level and may be taken as part of the candidate's baccalaureate degree or may be taken concurrently while participating in the graduate level licensure program.

Program Requirements

Hours: 41-42

Professional Core - 9 hours

EDU 500 Statistics and Research (3)
EDU 501 Educational Psychology (3)
EDU 604 Integrative Research Project (3)

Concentration Courses – 32-33 hours

AYA 533 Adol/Young Adult Practicum (2-3)
AYA 550 Nature and Needs of Adolescents (3)
AYA 670 AYA Curriculum Methods: Teaching to Standards (3)
EDU 504 Proactive Classroom Leadership (3)
EDU 631 Promoting Student Development P-12 and The Effects of Trauma (3)
EDU 644 Graduate Student Teaching (6)
RDG 511 Content Area Reading (3)
SED 515 Human Exceptionalities Across the Lifespan (3)
SED 630 Teaching in an Inclusive Setting (3)

Select the methods course that corresponds to your content area:

EDU 553 Methods of Teaching Mathematics (3)
EDU 556 Methods of Teaching Language Arts (3)
EDU 558 Methods of Teaching Social Studies (3)
EDU 559 Methods of Teaching Sciences (3)

Program Outcomes

  • Content knowledge - The candidate articulates accurate subject matter and applies that knowledge in planning and presenting lessons aligned with content standards.
  • Learner characteristics - The candidate incorporates knowledge of how students learn and how diverse experiences affect learning when planning and presenting lessons aligned with content standards.
  • Instructional strategies - The candidate applies a variety of scientifically-based, data-driven instructional strategies based on learning goals, assesses student's progress toward these goals, and differentiates instruction based on student needs and assessment results.
  • Learning environment - The candidate creates and manages a learning environment that encourages active, engaged learning and respect for others.
  • Professional responsibilities - The candidate engages in reflective practice, promotes collaboration among peers, families and communities, and takes on opportunities for professional development