Adolescent Social Studies (Advanced Certificate) Course Sequence and Program Tracker – 8 Semesters


Academic Plan: SSTAE-AC

This is a recommended sequence of courses to complete the program in eight semesters. Students must consult with the faculty advisors in Education and Social Studies to determine their individualized course of study before registering for classes.

Students who graduate from their teacher preparation programs in Fall 2023 or later, will be required to complete a teacher preparation assessment (TPA) as a requirement for program completion. As of April 2022, the Hunter College School of Education is reviewing the options for the teacher preparation assessment (TPA) and we will have more information available for students in the coming months.

Semester 1

Education Courses

  • SEDF 703 – Social Foundations of Adolescent Education (3 credits)

Semester 2

Education Courses

  • SEDF 704 – Adolescent Development, Grades 7-12 (2 credits, includes Fieldwork hours)


Education Courses

  • SEDC 710, SEDC 720 and SPED 708 may be offered during summer sessions

Semester 3

Education Courses

  • SEDF 705 – Educational Psychology: Applications to Adolescent Education (2 credits, includes Fieldwork hours)
  • SEDC 720 – Adolescent Health and Safety (1 credit)

Certification Exam

  • Content Specialty Test (CST) – Social Studies. Students must pass before applying for Student Teaching.

Semester 4

Education Courses

  • SEDC 710 – Building the Foundations of Literacy in Adolescent Education (3 credits)

Semester 5

Education Courses

  • SPED 708 – Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings (3 credits)

Certification Exam

  • Educating All Students (EAS) Exam. Students must pass before applying for Student Teaching.

Semester 6

Education Courses

  • SEDC 715 – Advanced Curriculum Development in U.S. History and Civics for Urban Contexts, Grades 7–12 (3 credits)

SEDC 715 and SEDC 725 + SEDC741 can be take in any sequence.

Semester 7

Education Courses

  • SEDC 725 – Advanced Curriculum Development in World History and Global Education for Urban Contexts, Grades 7-12 (KC) (2 credits)
  • SEDC 741 – Adolescent Fieldwork (KC) (1 credit, includes Fieldwork hours, must be taken with SEDC 725)
  • SEDF 706 – Assessment of Teaching and Learning in Adolescent Education (2 credits, must be taken with a field-based course)

Semester 8

Education Courses

  • SEDC 75500 – Student Teaching (5 credits) or SEDC 77510 and SEDC 77520 – Practicum (4 credits)
    • Students must prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience to demonstrate readiness to teach including lesson plans and unedited video recordings of themselves at work in the classroom.

Apply for


Students must apply for graduation the semester before their planned graduation. Refer to the Graduation and Commencement page for full policies and procedures.


Students must apply for certification in their final semester. Refer to the Certification page for requirements and step by step instructions


  • In addition to the Certification Exams, students must complete the Dignity for All Students (DASA) workshop prior to graduation. The Dignity for All Students (DASA) workshop can be completed at Hunter College or outside of Hunter College.
  • Complete all undergraduate admissions conditions within the first three semesters, if any.