Adolescence to Young Adult Education program is part of the School of Teaching & Learning in the BGSU College of Education & Human Development  

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Adolescence to Young Adult Education

Interested in working with middle and high school students in grades 7-12? Be a part of the change that makes a difference in young people's lives. You will get a wide variety of classroom and field experiences that provide ongoing opportunities to use best practices.

Our program is one of Ohio's largest preparers of teacher education graduates. We emphasize developing human relations skills, teaching innovative instructional methods, and offering effective techniques to work with students in urban, suburban and rural school settings.

Quality classroom experiences

Our faculty share your enthusiasm for teaching and help you build your teaching skills right from the start. By the end of your four years, you will have spent nearly 1,000 hours in the field. This program will set you apart.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Schools, Society and Cultural Diversity
  • Digital Technology for Middle/HS Teachers
  • Educational Psychology


You’ll choose a blend of classes within your content area – language arts, mathematics, social studies or science -- plus pedagogy classes with well-credentialed faculty.

BGSU is the largest producer of teacher education graduates in Ohio, and BGSU’s teacher education graduates get paid more on average than any other graduates in the state, according to a study by Payscale

Internships and Careers

Field experiences start as soon as the freshman year, totaling nearly 1,000 hours by graduation. Additionally, the college hosts one of the country’s largest teacher job fairs, sponsored by BGSU’s Career Services.

Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate

$37,834*— BGSU Adolescence to Young Adult graduates average starting salary

98% of Adolescence to Young Adult graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)

GO FAR in your career

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  • Educator

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Adolescence to Young Adult Education program is part of the School of Teaching & Learning in the BGSU College of Education & Human Development

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the Adolescence to Young Adult (Secondary) Education teacher education program are expected to:

  • Demonstrate competence of subject matter in the content area of specialization;
  • Demonstrate competence in the theories and practices of sound pedagogy;
  • Apply theories of human development and learning to plan, implement and assess daily lessons and units of instruction;
  • Exhibit professional and ethical behavior when working with students, their parents, other educators, and community members.

The various specialties within the AYA Education Program at Bowling Green State University (math, science, social studies, language arts) have achieved the status of Nationally Recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association, National Council for Social Studies, and the National Council of Teachers of English. The AYA program is fully accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents. The Teacher Education program at BGSU is fully accredited by NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education).

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Adolescence to Young Adult (Secondary) Education teacher education program requires professional licensure.

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Adolescence to Young Adult (Secondary) Education teacher education program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact