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Adolescence Education: Biology/Conservation Life Science


Application Deadlines
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15


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Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
Credits: 36
Career Path: Classroom Biology/Conservation Life Science teacher for grades 7-12

Start Semester: Fall, Spring, or Summer
Campus: Lincoln Center & Westchester
Full-time/Part-time: Both

Amid the increasing distress about the low achievement in sciences on the part of American middle and high school students, there is a new awareness that science instruction needs to be exciting and relevant to the lives of today’s students.

In a unique partnership, the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University and the Wildlife Conservation Society have designed a New York State-approved M.S.T. program, as well as a M.S.E program, both of which tap the resources of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Graduate School of Education’s deep store of teaching expertise.

These dynamic degree programs are committed to the development of educated professionals in the field of Biology/Conservation Life Science, meeting the growing demand for science educators in New York state and across the United States. Some courses are offered in classrooms with views of some of the greatest zoo exhibits in the world, while other courses will be held in the smart classrooms of Fordham University

Program Pre-Requisites

Applicants must have the following:
  • An earned degree in life science (or a related degree, for example, in conservation biology or other biological science) with a minimum of 30 credits in coursework focusing on themes identified by NYSED (anatomy, physiology, behavior, cell biology, biological diversity, ecology, evolution, genetics, growth, biology and microbiology), and 16 credits in other sciences.
  • Completion of college-level work in: artistic expression, communication, social science, science, a language other than English, English composition and literature, information retrieval, math and humanities of Education, these programs provide the content, tools and venues to bring science inquiry alive.

Admissions Information

Application Deadline:
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15
Visit the Admissions section for applications and general application requirements.

Dual Certification and Extension Program Options

Fieldwork Requirements

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.

Program Curriculum

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Certification Information

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.


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