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Adolescent/Young Adult Program

The adolescent/young adult (AYA) program prepares prospective teachers to work with grades seven through twelve. JCU students interested in AYA licensure must major in an academic subject area and may need to complete additional courses specific to the content area licensure. Those accepted into the AYA licensure program must also be accepted into a departmental major, for example, history.

You’ll work toward a teaching license in at least one of the following fields:

  • Integrated Language Arts
  • Integrated Social Studies
  • Integrated Mathematics
  • Chemistry/Life Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical science: Physics/Chemistry
  • Physics

Our Program is Accredited By:

  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)
  • National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Program Specifications

AYA majors will graduate with a dual major — a primary major in the content area and the secondary major in education.

Required Coursework

AYA major requires 40 credits in education coursework.

Admission Requirements

Admission requires an interview with a faculty member, GPA minimums of 2.7 in education coursework, primary major coursework, and overall coursework, a writing sample, and demonstration of appropriate disposition for the profession.


Students are assigned an advisor in the Education Department and in the department of their primary major.

Program Specifications


The ages of students you'll learn how to teach