Adolescent Biology (BA/MA)
Welcome to the Adolescent Biology (BA/MA) program home page. Use this page as a guide to the program from acceptance to graduation.
The undergraduate programs in adolescent education are designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban secondary schools. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their liberal arts or sciences major. These programs include fieldwork in New York City Public schools.
The Education course of study is a 27-credit sequence that students usually complete over four semesters in addition to the major in the subject they plan to teach.
- Jeanne Weiler, Faculty Advisor
- Bonnie M. Veronico, Administrative Advisor
- Rebecca Cushman, Clinical Placement Specialist
New Education Majors
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New Education Majors Support
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Fingerprint Clearance Requirements
All students in teacher preparation programs as well as programs in school counseling need to be fingerprinted so that they are cleared to work with children in various settings including New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) public schools, charter networks, and other organizations. Visit the Fingerprinting page for requirements and procedures.
Hunter College Catalog
To review descriptions of specific courses and academic progress standards for the program along with exit requirements please use the course catalog for the year you were admitted to the program.
Course Catalog Summer 2022 onward
Course Catalog prior to Summer 2022
Students in the Adolescent Biology (BA/MA) program participate in developmental field experiences (fieldwork), and supervised teaching (student teaching).
Fieldwork is a classroom experience in a New York City Public School in conjunction with a course. Select courses have fieldwork requirements.
Students register for all Adolescent courses with fieldwork components through CUNYfirst. Registration permission is not required.
For courses requiring 36 hours or more hours of fieldwork, students must apply and will be placed by the Office of Clinical Experiences at a Hunter College Partner School in New York City to fulfill their fieldwork requirements.
Students working full time as assistant, associate or head teacher may be eligible to complete their fieldwork requirements in their current job if it is aligned to their pending certification/area of study.
The following are required for eligibility:
- teaching position must be aligned with pending certification
- Site must be pre-approved by faculty and/or Office of Clinical Experiences
- Students must submit documentation from worksite/school program director
Application and Placement Process
- Students register for Adolescent courses with fieldwork components through CUNYfirst. Registration permission not required.
- Prior to the first day of class, registered students are notified via their myhunter.cuny.edu email when the placement application is open.
- Registered students complete the placement application before the first day of Hunter classes. Please note that the grade level of the setting chosen for Methods II on the application should be different from student teaching placement.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences reviews applications for eligibility.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences will place students at a partner school and notify them via their myhunter.cuny.edu email address.
Fieldwork Hours Time Record Form
Supervised Teaching: Student Teaching
Students participate in supervised teaching (student teaching) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching requires five full days per week for one semester. Students are observed by Hunter College Clinical Supervisors throughout the semester.
Students must pass the following New York State exams before registration permission is granted for Supervised Teaching:
- Educating All Students (EAS)
- Content Specialty Test (CST) – Biology
All students must apply for student teaching through the Office of Clinical Experiences before registering and being placed.
- Fall Semester: April 1st
- Spring Semester: November 1st
- Summer Semester: N/A
Registration and Placement Process
Student Teachers are placed by the Office of Clinical Experience with a mentor/cooperating teacher at a Hunter College Partner School in New York City. Students teach alongside the mentor/cooperating teacher throughout the semester.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences reviews student teaching application for eligibility.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences grants registration permission.
- One week before each semester registration opens, the Office of Clinical Experiences informs students of next steps through their myhunter.cuny.edu email.
- If students require placement, the Office of Clinical Experiences will place them at a Hunter College School of Education partner site in New York City and notify their myhunter.cuny.edu email
Current students who are eligible for practicum and secure a teaching position that requires NYS certification may apply for an internship certificate. Students must apply for practicum first and will only receive instructions thereafter.
Visit the Internship Certificate page for eligibility requirements and application processes and procedures.
Supervised Teaching Time Record Form
Certification and Licensure
This program leads to initial certification as a teacher in New York State. Visit the Certification and Licensure page for information and support.
Graduation is the official completion of your program and conferral of an academic degree. In order to graduate, students must apply for graduation using CUNYFirst the semester before the semester of their planned graduation and complete any outstanding requirements by the stated deadlines. Visit the Graduation and Commencement page for complete information.