The Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Program prepares prospective teachers to work with individuals from ages 12 through 21 and 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.

Teacher candidates may be licensed in at least one of the following teaching fields:

  • Integrated language arts
  • Integrated social studies
  • Integrated mathematics
  • Chemistry/life science
  • Life science
  • Physical science: physics/chemistry
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Our Adolescent/Young Adult Program is nationally recognized by the following Specialized Professional Associations, through 2026:

  • National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)
  • National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)

For more information on the adolescent/young adult teacher education program, including course of study and course descriptions, please visit John Carroll’s Undergraduate Bulletin.