Josh Tyburski

For centuries, individuals have been inspired to pursue their dreams because of the guidance and support they received from their teachers. These noble professionals open up an entire world of possibilities and learning opportunities. Good teachers prepare their students for future scholastic success. Excellent teachers change their students’ lives, inspire them to set their goals high and teach them how to fulfill their dreams.

The Bachelor of Science in Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA) Education program prepares teacher candidates to work with students age 12 to 21 in grades seven through 12 in one chosen content area.

As an AYA major, you can choose to specialize in one of the following:

  • Integrated language arts
  • Integrated social studies
  • Integrated science
  • Integrated mathematics (Note: This program is no longer accepting new students.)
  • Life science

Students can choose to apply for an international student teaching experience at the Pan American School of Porto Alegre in Brazil.

The Lourdes AYA program reflects the most current and extensive body of knowledge related to the education and development of adolescents and young adults. The professional education curriculum and field experiences are designed to provide teacher candidates with the opportunity to learn and practice the art of teaching. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate proficiencies based on the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession.

Lourdes Adolescence to Young Adult Education alumni are making a positive difference teaching in more than 150 diocesan, public and charter schools across the nation. As 21st century educators, they are preparing our adolescents for future success and inspiring them to reach their potential and exceed their imagination.

AYA majors may also wish to enroll in the Catholic High School Religion Teacher Certificate program.


Learn more about the adolescence to young adult education major and the College of Social Sciences.


  • Lourdes University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents).
  • The Lourdes University Teacher Education Initial Licensure Program in the College of Education and Human Services is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the CAEP Accreditation System, for a period of 7 years, 2015 to 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers TEAC accreditation.