Exceptional Adolescents with Subject Area Extension: Biology
: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
: Classroom Biology teacher for students with disabilities
: Fall, Spring, or Summer
: Lincoln Center & Westchester
This program prepares teachers to be the teacher of record for a special class in Biology as well as for support roles in special education such as consultant teacher, resource room service providers, and integrated co-teachers in all subject areas.
The course work and field experiences emphasize the subject area of the extension while developing competencies in understanding principles and policies of special education and proficiency in assessing and providing evidenced-based intervention and instruction for culturally diverse adolescents with a range of disabilities.
Applicants must complete or have completed 18 credits or more in a biology major or concentration including coursework in these areas: anatomy and physiology, ecology, evolution, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, behavior, diversity, growth and human biology.
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Summer (both sessions): April 15
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Additional Degree/Extension Programs
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
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. This program leads to New York State certification as a teacher of Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist with an extension in Biology. 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.