Adolescence Education: Biology
: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
: Classroom Biology teacher for grades 7-12
: Fall, Spring, or Summer
: Lincoln Center & Westchester
To nurture middle school and high school students’ knowledge and appreciation of the life sciences, a teacher needs more than a foundation in biology. This program develops teacher candidates’ knowledge and understanding of adolescent learning and development, educational theory, and best practices in science education.
The program is distinguished by exceptionally strong field experiences and a carefully coordinated sequence of courses progressing from foundations and teaching methods to the development of a professional portfolio. Candidates’ development is supported by expert faculty, master teachers and field advisers/mentors.
Applicants must have 30 college credits in biology courses such as Anatomy/Physiology, Behavior, Cell Biology, Biological Diversity, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Growth, Human Biology, and Microbiology.
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Summer (both sessions): April 15
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Dual Certification and Extension Program Options
In the fall and spring semesters of the first year, students are in classrooms for three full days per week: observation for three weeks, then student teaching, in the same classroom, for ten weeks.
In the fall and spring semesters of the second year, students are in classrooms for five full days per week: observation for two weeks, then student teaching, in the same classroom, for twelve weeks.
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Adolescence Education Core
The program leads to a Master of Science in Teaching degree and initial New York State certification as a teacher of adolescence biology for grades 7-12. Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, complete the course of study and meet established field experience competencies are eligible for Fordham University’s endorsement for New York state initial certification in their program area. Read more about certification procedures
Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.