Adolescence Education (7-12)

(Note: Those pursuing a certificate to become a teacher are called candidates.)

Students will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they declare their major. Following are the requirements for the most recent catalog.

Marist College offers programs leading to initial New York State teaching certification in Adolescence Education (7-12) for the following majors:

  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Spanish * (See note below.)
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Admission To the Program

Candidates who declare their intention to seek teaching certification in their academic major are assigned an education advisor as well as a major-field faculty advisor. During freshman and sophomore years, candidates meet with both advisors to design their program of study to ensure a timely completion of requirements.  The following are minimum criteria:

  • A major field grade-point expected by the content department with no grade lower than a C
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.7
  • Grades of C+ or higher in all required courses in the Certification Sequence
  • Request that one faculty member from your major department complete an Evaluation of Dispositions by Faculty form for you.  A link for this form will be available.
  • Interview by members of the Adolescence Education Council as deemed necessary

Adolescence Education Certification

Students who have declared their major in a prior year should consult the appropriate catalog.

*Note (for Spanish)

Oral proficiency Test

Candidates are required to take the Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIC) test before they can be recommended for certification.  Ideally, the OPIC should be taken during your last semester.  Consult the link for more information.  The OPIC is a linguistic competency test developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  

Test-Specific Resources

Resource Description Practice OPIC Exam:
Gives you an opportunity to take a practice OPIC exam in English.  Leave the username and password blank to get to the demo exam.  

OPIC Familiarization Manual:
Provides generalized information about the test and how you will be evaluated

The Professional Education Unit at Marist College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  The accrediting agency is now called the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Marist College located in Poughkeepsie, New York.  However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.