Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Teaching Programs

General and Exceptional Adolescents: Social Studies


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: 45
Career Path: Classroom Social Studies teacher and Special Education teacher with an extension in Social Studies for grades 7-12

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

The principles of equity, access, and rigor frame the course work and field experiences designed to develop competencies in both general and special education in Social Studies.

The program is distinguished by exceptionally strong field experiences, carefully coordinated sequence of courses progressing from foundations and teaching methods, and a capstone requirement which includes the development of a teacher portfolio. Candidates’ development is supported by expert faculty, master teachers and field advisers/mentors.

Program Pre-Requisites

Applicants must have an earned degree in history or its equivalent with a minimum of 36 credits in social studies coursework. This content must include study in the following areas: U.S. history, U.S. government and political science, geography, sociology, economics, non-U.S. history, science/technology/society, psychology, cultural studies/anthropology and global connections. In all, at least 21 credits must be in the study of history and geography.

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.

Additional Adolescent Social Studies Programs

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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Pedagogical Core Students with Disabilities Core Program-Specific Courses

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. This program is an integrated dual certification program leading to New York state certification as Classroom Teacher, Adolescents - Grades 7-12, in Social Studies and Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist with an extension in Social Studies. 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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