Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education - Social Studies


Nyack’s Adolescence Education in Social Studies program, combined with New York State teacher certification assessments, provides an initial certification that allows graduates to teach social studies 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 Social Studies 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

  • Global Service-Learning opportunities

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

  • Common Core curriculum standards and NCSS thematic standards

  • Interview and job placement preparation

  • Teaching skills

Career Opportunities

The Nyack Adolescence Education in Social Studies graduate is highly qualified for New York State, out-of-state, public, private, and Christian school positions. Graduates have the qualifications and flexibility to work for international or domestic ministries. 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 abroad. For example, teaching social studies in the metropolitan area and other states; using social studies teaching skills in a prominent position in the Salvation Army; and serving in public, private, and charter schools in New York City. Others have used their skills in short and long term missions positions. A recent graduate who received accolades and a promotion at AT&T credited the preparation and skills he received at Nyack.

Key Faculty

Dr. Lyndell O'Hara

Professor of History
Phone: 6145
B.A., M.A. Empire State College; M.A., Ph.D. Fordham University

Dr. David Weir

Professor of History
Phone: 4524
B.A. Haverford College; M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University; Ph.D. University of St. Andrews


ACSI (Association for Christian Schools International); NCATE (National Association for the Accreditation of Teacher Education); NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies)


“Nyack’s School of Education provided me with a great learning community that has enabled me to thrive in the classroom.” Trisha Frazer, Class of 2017