Student Developmental Level -Adolescent Education Grades 7-12 

Acceptable courses include those secondary education courses that would be required in a secondary education major.

Examples include but are not limited to pedagogical content that is primarily focused on:

  • adolescent development
  • adolescent psychology
  • methods of teaching content in the secondary school
  • adolescent literacy
  • curriculum development in the secondary school

Six semester hours (s.h.) at the appropriate developmental level is required.   Three s.h. must focus exclusively on secondary education.  The remaining 3 s.h. can include teaching in middle school since grades 7-9 can be in both middle school and high school. 

Unacceptable courses include those that focus on:

  • more than two developmental levels  such as: 
    • life span developmental psychology
    • methods of teaching grades K-12
    • child and adolescent psychology
  • early childhood education or childhood education

If you need further clarification you should review college catalogs of institutions that offer secondary education programs leading to certification to learn about the types of courses that focus on the secondary developmental level.  New York State colleges that have approved secondary education programs may be identified by using the Inventory of Registered Programs www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue.

Last Updated: October 6, 2010