Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education - English


Nyack’s Adolescence Education in English program, combined with New York State teacher certification assessments, provides an initial certification that allows graduates to teach English in grades 7–12 in New York State. Our program also has reciprocity with virtually all other states, thereby allowing graduates to teach outside of New York with relative ease. Graduates are also certified by ACSI ( Association of Christian Schools International).

Why Study Adolescence Education in English at Nyack?

Nyack’s biblically-based and accredited program is highly regarded by public, private, and Christian schools for the quality of its graduates with regards to their intellect, pedagogy, and disposition. Our teacher candidates are assessed on multiple levels: their content knowledge, their ability to teach, and their Christian character.

In addition, Nyack’s Adolescence Education students benefit from the following.

  • Performance-based in-class review of teaching skills

  • Highly qualified and experienced Christian faculty

  • Extensive field experience and student teaching aligned with the curriculum

  • Weekly supervision and feedback as student teachers

  • Support for all New York State assessments

  • Student teaching placements overseas and in home districts

What Will I Study?
  • Biblical principles are integrated into all courses

  • Common Core curriculum standards

  • Interview and job placement preparation

  • Teaching skills

Career Opportunities

The Nyack Adolescence Education graduate is highly qualified for private, public, and Christian school positions in New York State and beyond. Graduates have the qualifications and flexibility to work in the mission field (e.g., English Teachers for Christ) and in domestic ministries (e.g., Salvation Army, Campus Crusade for Christ). Our graduates have also been highly successful in a variety of non-educational venues because of their transferrable skills.

Our Graduates

Nyack Adolescence Education graduates have been employed in numerous institutions and positions in the United States and overseas. For example, teaching English and theater arts in New Jersey; using English and teaching skills in a prominent position in the Salvation Army; and serving in public, private, and charter schools throughout New York City. Others have used their skills in short and long term missions positions.

Key Faculty

Dr. Jonathan Gates

Professor of English

Phone: 4523
Ph.D. Drew University; M.A. Miami University; B.A. Houghton College


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ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) 


“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in this program.” Kassie Neumann, Class of 2017