Adolescent to Young Adult Education | Mount St. Joseph University

This program is for those who want to use their arts or sciences degree to teach grades 7-12.

The Adolescent to Young Adult Education (AYA) licensure program is for students who are interested in using their arts or sciences degree to teach individuals in grades 7-12.  Teacher candidates must meet the Core Curriculum requirements of the University while completing prescribed course work in their major area of study. They also take a block of professional education courses that provide a strong framework in the philosophy, theory and practice of teaching. Teacher candidates are instructed in best practice according to the guidelines of the learned society for each discipline.

The Adolescent to Young Adult Licensure programs offered at Mount St. Joseph University are:

  •     Biology/Life Science
  •     Chemistry
  •     Integrated Language Arts
  •     Integrated Math
  •     Integrated Science
  •     Integrated Social Studies

Featured Courses:

Students take courses in their selected major to satisfy licensure requirements. In addition, students take courses in pedagogy which include the following:

  • Classroom Management
  • Introduction to Secondary Education
  • Service Learning: Human Exceptionalities
  • Technology in the Classroom.

Career Potential:

Students who complete licensure in AYA receive a Resident Educator License which is good for 4 years. With the license, a graduate can become a teacher in any public or private school in the state of Ohio which includes grades 7-12. Many teachers with AYA licensure sponsor extracurricular activities including clubs, service organizations as well as coach interscholastic sports. Over time, AYA teachers can take positions of leadership within a school, such as lead teacher, department chair or curriculum coordinator.

Hands-On Experience:

Field experiences begin in the sophomore year, with a service learning experience in the area school. This continues into the junior year, when students take a practicum in a student's chosen content area. During the senior year, students complete a second practicum experience, followed by a student teaching experience in the subsequent semester.

The Adolescent to Young Adult licensure programs at the Mount are accredited by the Teacher Education Accredited Council (TEAC) and approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

For additional information, please contact the School of Education at 513-244-4801.


  • Photo of Harrison Collier Harrison Collier

    Undergraduate Chair- School of Education Director of Clinical Experiences, Assessment Coordinator

  • Photo of Laura Saylor Laura Saylor

    Dean of Education, Program Director, Assistant Professor

  • Photo of Michael Bindis Michael Bindis

    Assistant Professor of Education