Adolescent Education

Adolescent Education Program Overview

As a student in the Adolescent Education program at Manhattanville University, you’ll undergo both intellectual and professional growth and unearth an understanding that it takes a lot more than just knowing a topic to inspire the next generation of learners.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in teaching middle and high school-aged students, Manhattanville’s Adolescent Education program prepares students to pursue teacher certification in New York State. Comprehensive curriculums ensure mastery of not just the subject matter, but enhanced strategies for classroom teaching and engaging all students.

Adolescent Education students gain experience working inside real classrooms in the New York and Westchester County communities, observing working educators and making an impact on students’ daily learning.

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The Adolescent Education program is a state-approved pathway to NYS Initial Teacher Certification. Among Manhattanville’s undergraduate education program pathways, the Bachelor of Arts track is designed as a dual-major approach, where students master both education and a liberal arts topic of their choice, from mathematics to history. 

Upon completion of the undergraduate teacher preparation program in its entirety, students are extremely well equipped to take necessary exams and pursue state licensure to teach in their new field.

Customizable to students’ choice of teacher certification and type of classroom, the Adolescent Education teacher preparation program at Manhattanville can prepare students for teaching careers in:

  • Middle and high school classrooms, teaching Biology, English, History, or Mathematics 

Depending on the subject you select as your double major with Adolescent Education (', specific course requirements vary slightly.

Requirements for the Adolescent Education program include:

  • General education requirements
  • Education coursework
  • Core liberal arts major courses
  • Clinical student teaching experience
  • A number of elective courses to complete 120-credit Bachelor of Arts minimum

Throughout your time in the Adolescent Education program, complete major requirements in two areas, meeting both educational and experiential requirements to pursue Initial Teacher Certification in New York.

Review the Manhattanville University Catalog for specific requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Education pathway.


Student Teaching Component

The clinical teaching experience geared toward a student’s pathway to certification in Adolescent Education is an essential part of the degree program.

Get firsthand classroom experience in New York area classrooms, from lesson planning to classroom management strategies.


Don’t Wait to Begin Graduate-Level Training

In New York, teachers may begin their careers with a bachelor’s degree and Initial Teacher Certification alone, but a master’s degree is ultimately required for continued certification as a professional educator in the state.

Students in the Adolescent Education program may take advantage of Manhattanville’s seamless BA-MAT degree pathway, where students transition to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program after majoring in a liberal arts major, extending their career opportunities after graduation and saving time and money.


Requirements for the Dual BA-MAT Path to Teacher Certification

Begin receiving guidance on teacher certification requirements from your academic advisor during your first or second year, and get started on completing five graduate education courses (15 credits) by the end of your last year in the Bachelor of Arts program in the dual BA-MAT in Education pathway.

Recommended Degree Plan

Undergraduates who want to pursue this track are allowed to take up to 15 credits toward one of Manhattanville’s MAT  programs with these credits counting toward both degrees. Student teaching will commence during the master’s part of the program.  

Students must demonstrate high competence in their entry-level education courses as well as meet other requirements to apply to and complete the BA-MAT pathway in education. Students must:

  • Achieve and maintain at least a 3.0 G.P.A. to be eligible for the program
  • Meet as early as possible with their Academic Advisor to discuss entering the School of Education, usually by the second semester of the freshman year
  • Have completed the prerequisite EDU 2000 (or EDU 3017) with a grade of B or better

Reach out to our advising team at for more information on this track. 

If your teaching degree of choice is in physical education, or PE, Manhattanville offers an accelerated timeline for completing both the bachelor’s degree and the Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy.

Learn about the Accelerated Physical Education program.


The Manhattanville School of Education offers exceptional master's and doctoral programs in teaching and education leadership for educators seeking to advance their careers.

Whether you want to pursue higher education administration or gain specialist certifications, Manhattanville may be the perfect choice for advancing your career goals after completing your bachelor’s degree.

Explore graduate education options at the Manhattanville School of Education.

If you want to begin your journey to becoming an educator, you’ll first apply to Manhattanville University and indicate your intention to apply to double major in education.

After being accepted into the College and enrolling in courses including Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching or Foundations of Early Childhood Education during their first year, students will typically formally declare the education major during their sophomore year.

Review undergraduate admissions information and contact an admissions counselor if any assistance is needed.


Transfer Admissions to the BA in Education Program

If you are transferring to the teacher preparation bachelor’s program at Manhattanville and have completed a course equivalent to EDU 2000: Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching, you are encouraged to apply for admission to Manhattanville University early in order to begin your advising and enrollment as soon as possible.  All transfer students are encouraged to speak with an admission representative and/or advisor to begin laying out their anticipated degree plan.

Learn more about Manhattanville transfer admissions.


Explore Scholarships and Aid

98 percent of Manhattanville students make their college experience more affordable through financial assistance. From learning about tuition and fees for your program to understanding the different types of scholarships and aid available, the Office of Financial Aid is your guide.

Review scholarship and aid information or contact Financial Aid directly with any questions.