Education Department

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 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. 
  • Interview by members of the Adolescence Education Council as deemed necessary

Adolescence Education Certification

*Note (for Spanish)

Oral proficiency Test

Candidates are required to take the Oral Proficiency Interview computer (OPIc) test before they can be recommended for certification. Ideally, the OPIc should be taken during your last semester. Consult this 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.

The Professional Education Unit at Marist is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 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. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes. In compliance with CAEP requirements, Marist makes accountability data related to student learning outcomes available to the public.