Adolescence Education BS

Oswego's outstanding educational roots power the adolescence education program, which focuses on teaching grades 7-12.


In addition to coursework in the liberal arts, you will study in a certification area (biology, chemistry, earth sciences, English, French, German, mathematics, physics, social studies or Spanish) as well as in other arts and sciences support areas. To teach at this level, you would become proficient in your discipline, learning theories and adolescent development.

Field placements, usually starting your junior year, in diverse school settings prepare you for the head of the class. Our Clinical Practice and Partnerships Office can connect you with opportunities to learn in and lead classrooms in a diverse offering of locations. Many of our students are placed in regional schools throughout Central New York — or urban centers that include Syracuse, Rochester and New York City. 

A Revitalized School of Education

Recently, SUNY Oswego has brought all six departments of the School of Education into a rejuvenated 21st century home complete with cutting-edge facility designs and equipment for teachers of the future.


SUNY Oswego is dedicated to preparing knowledgeable and committed teachers with strong commitments to equity and diversity, critical thinking, social responsibility and critical reflection. They will also learn:

  • Effective communication with people, verbal and written
  • Program planning, organization and record-keeping
  • Working under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Motivational skills
  • Creativity

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Counselor

For my major in education I would say that my favorite part is going out into the schools to work with the children. It provides an excellent experience to really get the flavor of how it will be when I have my own classroom.

My favorite part of my major is that I can touch people's lives and help my students pursue their goals. I'm part of the Focus Forward Program, which has made me become more aware of situations outside the classroom and it has made me become more human.

My coursework has been instrumental in me building the confidence to teach.

Program Resources

AAQEP Accredited

This program has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

The Oswego Guarantee

  • No increase in room & board 
  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni 
  • Small student to faculty ratio
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Field Placements

Are an integral part of our teacher education programs. It is a time for candidates to participate in a breadth and depth of hands-on school and community-based experiences.

Focus Forward Program

Through the Focus Forward Program undergraduate students are trained to mentor students in local school districts and can earn course credit while impacting their community and gaining valuable professional skills for your future career.

Study Abroad

Take classes and participate in internships while immersing yourself in all that region has to offer.

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