Adolescence Young Adult Education

The Adolescence to Young Adult Education (AYA) degree program (often times referred to as Secondary Education) is housed in the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development. It leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and an Ohio teaching license that enables a successful candidate to teach in grades 7-12 in the selected content areas of Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Social Studies, Integrated Language Arts, or Integrated Sciences, Dual Field Science and Single Field.

The AYA degree program is a highly competitive program requiring a candidate to earn a grade point average of 2.8 in the major and 3.0 overall to be admitted into the Program. Thus, students who enter this program are academically strong and prepared for the challenges of their Professional Year Experience in 7th-12th grade classrooms. Students enrolled in the Adolescence to Young Adult Education program are advised by the College advising staff during their initial year at BGSU, and then are assigned a faculty advisor in their area of expertise from the School of Teaching and Learning for the remainder of their undergraduate experience.

All Adolescence to Young Adult education majors take a combination of classes from their content areas in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as pedagogy classes from the College of Education and Human Development. They are well versed in the content, and, in many cases, may minor in their content specialization. In addition to the coursework, the Ohio Board of Regents requires all licensure candidates successfully to pass the appropriate Ohio Assessments for Educators content specialty test, as well as the appropriate Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12). Candidates must apply for the two exams, as well as apply for the teaching license.

Special opportunities exist for students entering teacher education degree programs at Bowling Green State University. These include (a) Educators in Context and Community (ECCO) learning community, (b) studying abroad in Keele, England, (c) student teaching abroad in English-speaking schools in Rio de Janerio, or (d) student teaching with our school partners in Aldine, Texas.

BGSU is also home to one of the largest Teacher Job Fairs in the country, sponsored by BGSU’s Career Services. Candidates in BGSU teacher education programs also enjoy a variety of resources for their use including the Curriculum Resource Center in the Jerome Library and the Technology and Resource Center in the Education Building. In addition to Greek Life, additional campus-wide clubs and organizations are available including education-related clubs and organizations.

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 MathematicsNational Science Teachers AssociationNational 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).

Contact Information:
Nancy Patterson
AYA Program Coordinator
529 Education Building
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403