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Adolescence to Young Adult/Secondary Education, Specialization in Dual Field Sciences, BSED

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The Adolescence to Young Adult (Secondary) Education major includes licensure specializations in the following areas: Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Social Studies, Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Science, Single Field Science (Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences-Chemistry, and Physical Sciences-Physics), and Dual Field Sciences (Physical Sciences-Chemistry and Physics, Earth Sciences and Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics, Life Sciences and Chemistry, Life Sciences and Physics, and Life Sciences and Earth Sciences).

Minimal qualifications for a student to be eligible for an Adolescence to Young Adult (ages 12-21) license valid for teaching the content specialization in grades seven through twelve in the State of Ohio include the successful completion of an appropriate program of study, the achievement of a 2.5 accumulative grade point average, and successful completion of the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) content and pedagogy examinations. However, BGSU teacher education programs are highly competitive and require additional admission and graduation criteria. These requirements include, evidence or proficiency on a nationally normed achievement assessment (ACT, SAT, PRAXIS core), professional disposition reviews, an overall GPA of 3.0, a content GPA of 2.8, and passing scores for all required Ohio Assessments for Educators examinations in each content area required by the State of Ohio. Candidates in this program will also be required to obtain annual BCI/FBI checks in order to participate in required field experiences. To be recommended for a teaching license, BGSU requires majors in the Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA) program to possess an overall GPA of 3.0, a content specialization GPA of 2.8, and successful completion of the appropriate Content and Principles of Learning and Teaching OAE examinations.

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.

Requirements for the Major


Students apply for admission into the Professional Year (methods and student teaching) one semester in advance, on the first Thursday of each semester for the following semester. Criteria for admission into methods include: “C” or better in EDTL 2010 ; WRIT 1120 ; COMM 1020 ; EDFI 3030 ; EDIS 2310 ; EDTL 2300  and EDTL 3700; and either EDTL 2710 , EDTL 2741 /EDTL 2742 , EDTL 2750 , or EDTL 2760 . Students must also have a 2.8 overall GPA and a 2.8 GPA in the major. Finally, students must successfully pass the OAE content exam(s) prior to being admitted into the Methods Block. 

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
   _____________________________    ________

   Quantitative Literacy
   _____________________________    ________

Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Content for Teaching Specialty

(60-62 Credits)

In addition to the 23-24 hours above, TWO dual fields must be completed. See reverse side for additional coursework.

**Life Sciences Dual Field students must take BIOL 2050 .

Select One

  • Earth Sciences and Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences and Physics
  • Life Sciences and Chemistry
  • Life Sciences and Earth Sciences
  • Life Sciences and Physics
  • Physical Sciences-Chemistry and Physics

Professional Education

(33 Credits)

(Take blocked courses concurrently. “C” or higher required in all Professional Ed courses.)

Dual Field Areas - Select Two Areas


The chart below indicates Benchmarks required for admission to the AYA Program, Block 1 (spring of Junior year), Block 2 (fall of Senior year), Student Teaching, and Graduation.

Benchmarks for Teaching Progression Required cumulative GPA Required content GPA “C” or higher in classes Required classes Content course work completed OAE edTPA
Program Admission 3.0 N/A 45 N/A N/A N/A
Methods Block 1 Eligibilit 3.0 2.8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Methods Block 2 Eligibility 3.0 2.8 90 semester hours 80% of content coursework completed Pass OAE(s) or have taken at least 2 times by July 1 N/A
Student Teaching Eligibility 3.0 2.8 100 semester hours N/A Pass OAE by mid-December N/A
Graduation Requirements 3.0 N/A N/A 100% of content coursework completed N/A Complete edTPA

Additional Policies

  1. Transfer Students must complete 15 semester hours at BGSU prior to program admission.
  2. BCI/FBI background checks must be renewed annually and sent directly to the Office of Education Preparation and Partnerships by July 1.
  3. No courses in “Professional Education” may be taken S/U, and no more than one course in “Content for Teaching Specialty” may be taken S/U.

General Advice for Success

  1. Monitor your GPA regularly using your degree audit.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor at least once per semester to ensure you are on track. If you have difficulty connecting with your advisor, contact the Program Coordinator.
  3. Read course descriptions on the BG web page under “Academics.” These descriptions list the courses that are prerequisites for subsequent classes, the GPA required, whether the course includes a field experience, etc.
  4. Freshman and Sophomore Years:
    1. Prioritize coursework and studying.
    2. Complete 1000 & 2000-level classes, along with major content courses. These are prerequisites for other courses you will need.
    3. Education Psychology is a prerequisite for program admission, EDTL 3400 , and several upper-level classes, as shown in the table.

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