Adolescent Physics M.S.T.
Please Note: Admissions to the following program are currently on hold for the 2023-2024 application cycle. Program faculty are in the process of redesigning this program and we will update this site to indicate future admission cycles.
To nurture middle school and high school students’ knowledge and appreciation of the physical sciences, a teacher needs more than a foundation in physics.
This program develops teacher candidates’ knowledge and understanding of adolescent learning and development, educational theory, and best practices in science education.
- Fall: June 30
- Summer (both sessions): April 15
General Teacher Education Program Admissions Requirements
- 3.0 GPA
- Online application
- Official transcript(s)
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
Adolescence Physics applicants can choose among three programs:
This program prepares graduates to be classroom Physics teachers for grades 7-12. There is also an option to add an extension for grades 5-6.
Applicants must have 30 college credits in physics courses such as Mechanics, Electricity, Waves, Optics, Atomic and Nuclear, Radioactivity, Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics.
All descriptions for program courses are available in the GSE Bulletin.
This program prepares graduates to be classroom Physics teachers for students with disabilities.
Applicants must complete or have completed 18 credits or more in a physics major or concentration including coursework in these areas: mathematics, electricity, waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, radioactivity, and quantum mechanics.
This program prepares graduates to be classroom Physics teachers and Special Education teachers with an extension in Physics.
Applicants must have an earned degree in physics or a related area (for example, physical science) with a minimum of 30 credits in physics coursework and 16 credits distributed among biology, earth science, and chemistry. Included in the 36 credits must be coursework in the following areas: principles of physics including concepts in mechanics, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics; radioactivity, relativity, and quantum mechanics.
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.
The program leads to a Master of Science in Teaching degree and initial New York State certification.
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.
Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.
Programs are open to all who qualify; however, only U.S. citizens or international students who possess a U.S. Green Card or H1-B visa may be recommended for New York State teacher certification.