Curriculum and Instruction

B.S. Adolescent Social Studies Education and Students with Disabilities (SWD) Generalist (Grades 7-12)

The 120-credit dual certification Bachelor of Science program in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Students with Disabilities prepares a new generation of social studies teachers to cultivate and enhance student success. This program equips candidates with the skills, knowledge and foundation to motivate middle and high school students at various skill levels to learn the fundamentals of history, economics, politics and culture. This program includes a minimum of 150 hours of field experiences in middle and high school, typically completed within required fieldwork. Candidates also complete supervised practice teaching in actual classrooms at two grade levels, allowing them to observe certified teachers, interact with students, and understand the adolescent mindset as it relates to understanding issues related to social issues.  Candidates who successfully complete this bachelor's programs and pass all required NYS teacher certification exams will be eligible for two initial certifications when the BS is awarded. This program is jointly offered between the Teaching and Learning Department and the Social Sciences Department.

As a social studies education major, candidates learn how to help students in grades 7 to 12 gain knowledge of major historical eras; learn how governments work; how people organize their economies; the diversity of human cultures found around the world; and how people use natural and human resources. Social studies courses in this program examine significant economic, political, cultural and religious aspects of civilizations from the ancient period to the present. The scope is global, with a focus on the development of American democracy, of how diverse regions of the world have contributed to world history, and the growing interdependence of modern nations. Candidates are introduced to core issues found in the social science disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology. Key concepts include industrialization, nationalism, socialism, liberalism, imperialism, fascism, communism and globalization.

This program qualifies candidates to pursue two initial teaching certifications.  In pursuing these two certifications, candidates examine theories of adolescent development, motivation, and learning for students who are in 7th to 12th grades.  They master the skills needed to encourage students to learn new material and to take responsibility for themselves and one another.  As candidates work toward these certifications, they gain an understanding and appreciation of the social sciences, their major area of study.  Candidates also acquire techniques to assess and evaluate a child's intellectual and social development and learn the basic principles of classroom management for a diverse student population.  

After candidates complete all degree requirements, successfully pass New York State licensure tests and have completed all required teacher certification workshops, they will apply for and be awarded Initial teaching certification by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) in Adolescence Education: English (grades 7-12) and in Special Education, 7-12 Generalist.

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits

EDI 14

Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundation of Education


PSY 98

Psychological Perspectives of Teaching and Learning


EDI 19

Culturally Responsive-Sustainable Education



Curriculum and Assessment for Preservice Teachers


EDI 56

Literacy Acquisition for English Language Learners


EDI 17

Psychology and Development of the Adolescent


EDS 45

Teaching Students with Disabilities


EDI 35

General Methods of Teaching Secondary Education



Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Classroom Populations: Grades 5-12


EDS 600

Introduction to the Study of the Exceptional Child and Adolescent


EDS 630

Curriculum Based Assessment and Instruction of Students with Mild Disabilities at the Elementary and Secondary Levels


EDS 631

Curriculum Based Assessment/Instruction of Severe SWD at the Elementary and Secondary Levels



Methods and Materials in Teaching a Specific Subject in Grades 7-12 Social Studies


EDS 632

Instruction and Classroom Management for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems



Supervised Student Teaching in Adolescence Education: Grades 7-12


EDS 713

Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar in Special Education


Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 45
Elective Major Credits 15
Total Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 27-28
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Total Degree Credits 120

Core Requirements


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