Adolescence to Young Adult (Secondary Education)

Bachelor of Science in Education
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development

The goal of the adolescence to young adult AYA program (formerly secondary education) in the School of Teaching and Learning, within the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University is to prepare graduates to teach grades 7-12, and to obtain an Adolescence to Young Adult teaching license in an area of specialization. The program provides students with a wide variety of experiences that will enable them to become effective teachers. Students in the program complete extensive coursework in specialization areas they plan to teach.

Knowledge of the subject matter is only part of the AYA program. Emphasis is also placed on how to teach in today’s schools. Included in the curriculum are courses that lead to the development of human relations skills, innovative instructional methods, and field experiences working with students in urban, suburban and rural school settings.

Career Opportunities

The primary career objective for majors is to obtain an Adolescence to Young Adult teaching license enabling them to teach a major subject in a middle, junior or senior high school. Science, mathematics and world languages are considered critical shortage areas.

Many career opportunities are available in addition to teaching. Because secondary education majors have strong backgrounds in their particular subject area, they often qualify for non-teaching careers as well. For example, a mathematics major may seek a career in business. Each of the subject areas lends itself to various career opportunities.

The development of management and human relations skills through professional education coursework also enhances credentials. Graduates are well prepared to pursue a variety of graduate programs both in and outside the field of education.


BGSU education graduates have enjoyed tremendous success in the employment marketplace, not only in Ohio but also across the country. The quality of the education curriculum, professional year (methods and student teaching), and the expertise of the University’s Career Center Office have given education students a leading edge in the job market.

Employer representatives from education, government, business and social service organizations annually visit the Career Center seeking education graduates. The office provides professional resume and interviewing assistance as well as opportunities for students and prospective employers to meet and conduct interviews, both in person and online. BGSU’s Career Center also sponsors the Teacher Job Fair including recruiters from California to the Carolina’s, as well as large urban districts such as Baltimore and New York City.


AYA students have the opportunity to select one of the following specializations in the adolescence to young adult major:

Integrated Language Arts

Leads to a teaching license for English, speech and journalism in grades 7-12. The majority of content coursework is taken in the departments of English, journalism, theatre, and interpersonal communication (speech). Students are positioned to pursue non-teaching minors in English, interpersonal communication, journalism and theatre from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Integrated Mathematics

Leads to a teaching license for mathematics in grades 7-12. Content coursework is completed in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Students are well positioned to pursue non-teaching minors in mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Integrated Social Studies

Leads to a teaching license for history, government, economics, psychology, sociology and geography in grades 7-12. The majority of coursework is taken in the departments of history, government, economics, psychology, sociology and geography. Students earn a non-teaching minor in history from the College of Arts and Sciences and complete coursework that would enable them to pursue non-teaching minors in political science, economics, psychology, sociology and geography.


The single field science program leads to teaching licenses in one of the following:

The majority of coursework is taken in the departments of biology, chemistry, geology, geography and physics.

The dual field science program leads to a teaching license in:

The majority of coursework is taken in these specialized areas.

Students majoring in AYA complete coursework in three broad areas: BG Perspective (general education), content area and professional education. BG Perspective courses are designed to develop skills and understandings that give the students a broad base of knowledge. Such courses include English composition, speech, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Students are also required to complete an international perspectives course. Content area courses are subject matter oriented and are designed to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular field of study. Professional education courses are designed to develop teaching competencies. Courses in education theory and teaching methods, numerous practical experience opportunities and supervised student teaching are the primary elements of professional education coursework.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 overall college GPA and at least a 2.8 major GPA to be admitted to the professional year. In addition, students must pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) content exam to be admitted into the professional year.

Special Features

Majors have the opportunity to student teach in English-speaking schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Keele, England.

Student teaching is also possible in Aldine, Texas. This districts consistently recruit BGSU teacher education graduates.

In the AYA curriculum classroom theory is combined with field and clinical experiences. Beginning the freshman year, students engage in a variety of field experiences that provide valuable insight into the teaching profession. To supplement these field experiences, students are also exposed to computer-assisted instruction, microteaching exercises, and other innovative instructional strategies.

Many of BGSU’s faculty are involved in grant-funded projects that provide students with special hands-on experiences in areas including reading instruction, science, math, and classroom technology.

The professors in the College of Education and Human Development are former school teachers who are knowledgeable about current attitudes and practices in secondary classrooms. They serve as academic advisors and take a personal interest in the students’ professional development.

The culminating experience for AYA students is the professional year. In collaboration with local middle, junior and high school teachers and administrators, students spend two semesters in a school setting which includes mentoring experiences during both methods and student teaching.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same world language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

College Highlights

The College of Education and Human Development focuses on the education of professionals who positively impact the development of individuals, families, communities, schools and other societal institutions.

BGSU’s teacher education program is well respected throughout the country. The education programs have earned accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Ohio Department of Education.

The Technology and Resource Center provides audio-visual equipment, networked computers, laser printing, scanners, and a wide variety of application and educational software.

Opportunities for education-related clubs and organizations are also available within the College of Education and Human Development. The AYAA Student Association provides activities and programs to enhance the professional development of teacher candidates. Other professional organizations, both academic and non-academic, are available to students.

Many education majors also take advantage of a wide variety of opportunities to study abroad. Each year about 50 education students go abroad for experiences ranging from several weeks in the summer to a full semester or academic year.

Teacher Education Report Card

Bowling Green State University’s 579 teacher education graduates who took the national Praxis II licensing exam in 2010-11 passed at an overall rate of 96 percent (surpassing the state requirement of 80 percent) and met or exceeded the state requirement for licensure in 22 content or teaching specialty areas.

For detailed information on BGSU students’ pass rates on the national licensing exam, visit the College of Education and Human Development’s website at

BGSU’s teacher education programs are fully accredited at all levels by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

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