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What Can You Do with an Adolescent Biology/Special Education Degree?

The education department offers an exciting and forward-looking unified education program to prepare future educators to teach an increasingly diverse school population. The mission of the Keuka College Education program, in keeping with the College’s mission, is to provide our students with a strong liberal-arts based professional preparation program, which integrates experiential learning in an intellectually challenging and supportive learning environment. We seek to prepare professional educators who can meet the needs of diverse learners and who are committed to a lifetime of reflective practice, collaborative service and ethical leadership. The adolescent program (grades 7-12) leads to secondary certification in biology, English, mathematics or social studies. Those who wish certification in adolescent special education will take 9 additional hours of coursework for that certification.

The hallmark of a Keuka education is the yearly, 140-hour, off-campus learning experience that is done by our students. This program allows out students to take the concepts that they are learning in the classroom and apply them in real educational settings.

Students are required to do, in addition to their student teaching experience, a minimum of two educational Field Periods, one in a regular educational setting and one in a special education setting.

Learn more about majoring in Adolescent Biology/Special Education at Keuka College.

Adolescent Biology/Special Education Internships & Field Periods

Students working toward an adolescent biology/special education degree at Keuka College must complete a 140-hour internship each year—we call this Field Period.

Here's where some of our adolescent biology/special education students have recently done their Field Periods. All of these organizations have indicated they'd be interested in hosting Keuka students in the future.

A. A. Gates Elementary School
Port Byron, N.Y.
Bloomfield Central School District
Bloomfield, N.Y.
Caledonia-Mumford Central School District
Caledonia, N.Y.
City of Corning, Parks and Recreation
Corning, N.Y.
Corning-Painted Post Area School District
Corning, N.Y.
Curtain Call
Lyons, N.Y.
Deer Park Union Free School District
Der Park, N.Y.
Delhi Central School District
Delhi, N.Y.
Elmira City Schools
Elmira, N.Y.
Elmira Heights Cinderella Softball
Elmira Heights, N.Y.
Ferris Hills Dining Service Management
Canandaigua, N.Y.
Frontier Central School District
Hamburg, N.Y.
Geneva City School District
Geneva, N.Y.
Greene Historical Society
Greene, N.Y.
Hillside Family Agencies
Romulus, N.Y.
Hyde Park Free Library
Hyde Park, N.Y.
Jamestown City School District
Jamestown, N.Y.
Lewiston-Porter Central Schools
Youngstown, N.Y.
Maine-Endwell Central School District
Endwell, N.Y.
Moravia Central School District
Moravia, N.Y.
Naples Central School District
Naples, N.Y.
Northport-East Northport Union Free School District
Northport, N.Y.
Odessa-Montour Central School District
Odessa, N.Y.
Penn Yan Central School District
Penn Yan, N.Y.
Phoenix Central School District
Phoenix, N.Y.
Prattsburgh Central School
Prattsburgh, N.Y.
Remsen Central School District
Remsen, N.Y.
Rome City School District
Rome, N.Y.
Seneca Falls Central School District
Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Sodus Central School District
Sodus, N.Y.
South Cobb High School
Austell, Ga.
Watertown City School District
Watertown, N.Y.
Rochester, N.Y.
Wellness G.I.F.T.S.
Bath, N.Y.

Adolescent Biology/Special Education Major Skills

What type of skills do Adolescent Biology/Special Education majors need to be successful? Here's a sampling.

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities
  • Creativity
  • Decision making skills
  • Enthusiasm & energy
  • Motivational skills
  • Organizational abilities
  • Problem solving
  • Program planning
  • Record-keeping skills
  • Research skills
  • Strong verbal
  • written & communication skills

What Can I Do with an Adolescent Biology/Special Education Degree?

With an Adolescent Biology/Special Education degree, you can find a career in the following:

  • 7th to 12th grade adolescent/special education teacher
  • Adoption counselor
  • Adult literary educator
  • Bookstore owner
  • Camp counselor
  • Children's book author
  • Community Orgs: Red Cross
  • Human service agency educator
  • Post secondary educational professor
  • Private school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Textbook editor
  • YMCA etc

Average Annual Salary

$35,930 (National Association of Colleges and Employers, Salary Survey: 2006-2007)