Adolescent/Childhood Education: Scholar Teacher Education (STEP) Accelerated 5-Year Program

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Degree Level
Undergraduate + Graduate
Garden City

Save time and tuition with this unique combined degree program—and launch your career in education in just five years.

Why Earn a Combined Degree in Adolescent or Childhood Education?

A combined degree in adolescent or childhood education will prepare you for a rewarding career in a variety of education roles such as classroom teacher, curriculum developer, specialist field experience supervisor or adjunct professor.

Why Earn a Combine Degree in Adolescent or Childhood Education at Adelphi?

  • Benefit from the continuity and cohesiveness of a combined undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
  • Become a critical thinker and collaborative teacher who advocates for diversity, dignity and social justice.
  • Prepare for your teaching license with the option to pursue additional certifications such as special education.

Adelphi professors share their passion for teaching with our future educators.

90%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our master’s graduates say that Adelphi University increased their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professionals in their field
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

The STEP program was very attractive when I first came here. It smooshes six years into five which saves you time…they pull you into student teaching, and get you better and better at public speaking, answering questions, reacting to students.

Kip Jackson ‘17

Education Tracks and Teaching Certification

You can choose from the following three STEP tracks:

Our program provides the opportunity to work toward one or more of the following certifications to expand your career opportunities:

  • Initial Certificate: Childhood 1–6, Adolescent 7–12, or TESOL PK–12
  • Special Education: Childhood 1–6 or Adolescent 7–12 levels
  • Middle School Extension: Grades 5–6 or 7–9

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi, we’re committed to providing our students with hands-on experiences that build critical skills for future careers. Our STEP students regularly serve in student-teaching positions in the New York City Department of Education and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

Program Info

Application Requirements

First-year applications to STEP must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA
  • If submitting test scores, SAT score of 1090 or higher (minimum 530-560 on each part) or ACT score of 21 (all subscores). Please note that the students may still be referred if applying SAT/ACT optional for Fall 2021.

The structure of STEP is particularly effective in meeting the needs of the transfer student. Most students entering the program at the junior level have a three-year course of study, which takes them through their master’s degree (MA). Transfer students may transfer up to 64 credits.

To apply for this program, submit the appropriate application requirements:

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

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