About Adolescence Education

What is adolescence education?

The adolescence education undergraduate program (formerly secondary education) is unique in the way that it prepares teacher education candidates to work with students, parents, and administrators in a rapidly changing educational landscape. It is designed to broaden and deepen a candidate's native abilities and interests so that s/he will better educate future citizens.

As a student of teaching, you must study the content, the learner, the process and context of learning, and the teaching of content. That is why the adolescence education program is designed so that you spend most of your first seven semesters studying general education and discipline content (e.g., English). You must broaden your own education, your understanding of the world, and develop your skill in your discipline.

Professional Semester and Student Teaching

Introduction to Adolesence Education is scheduled in the fourth or fifth semester, but the major focus on teaching comes in the senior year as students begin graduate education courses. Student Teaching is a sixteen-week supervised teaching experience in two different school settings.

Adolescence Education at Plattsburgh offers nine areas of study:

  • Biology.
  • Chemistry.
  • Geology/earth science.
  • English.
  • French.
  • Mathematics.
  • Physics.
  • History/social studies.
  • Spanish.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about M.S.T. adolescence education programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Robert Ackland, Ph.D.
Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Area Coordinator, M.S.T. Graduate Programs
Office: Sibley 200C
Phone: (518) 564-5131
Fax: (518) 564-2149
Email: Robert.Ackland@plattsburgh.edu

If you would like more information about the combined B.A./M.S.T. adolescence education programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Mark Beatham, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Leader, Combined B.A./M.S.T. Adolescence Programs

Office: Sibley 418A
Phone: (518) 564-5142
Fax: (518) 564-2149
Email: Mark.Beatham@plattsburgh.edu