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Five-Year Integrated Teacher Education Track

Degree options: Master of Science in Teaching
Location: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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Accelerate your teaching career by taking a five-year route to certification.

Interested in becoming a teacher? Enroll in a program that will show you what the profession is all about and give you top-caliber training in the field through Fordham’s Graduate School of Education. You’ll gain extensive experience in the classroom, working in one of Fordham’s partner schools in New York City, as you complete both a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts and sciences and a Master of Science in Teaching within five years.

You’ll take part in seminars and fieldwork during your undergraduate years, learning more about the many roles of a teacher and your chosen area of certification. In senior year you can start taking classes for the master’s degree, and after graduation, you’ll complete two semesters of both academic work and full-time student teaching, working with a mentor. Overall, the program provides more than 600 hours of comprehensive experience in public schools.

This program is grounded in Fordham’s Jesuit values of acceptance, compassion, and understanding of the whole individual. Its students become highly qualified, reflective, insightful teachers equipped with a broad base of knowledge that serves them well throughout their careers.

Of course, you’ll learn about more than teaching during your undergraduate studies here. You’ll also study philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, languages, science, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.

Program Highlights

The five-year track allows students to complete a B.A./B.S. and a Master of Science in Teaching in early childhood education, childhood education, or adolescence education (biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science, mathematics, English, or social studies), or teaching English to students of other languages (TESOL).

Dual certification and extensions may also be pursued in early childhood special education, childhood special education, early childhood/childhood education, bilingual childhood education, and adolescence special education.

Students in this program begin to work closely with a Graduate School of Education (GSE) adviser as first-year students or sophomores and apply to GSE in the spring semester of junior year. The program follows a reflective practitioner model, with cohorts of students forming communities for reflection on teaching and learning. Each cohort follows a sequence of coordinated courses and field experiences that link theory and practice.

Seniors can integrate up to 12 GSE credits while completing undergraduate requirements. During the fifth year of study (including summers), candidates complete their graduate credits along with two semesters (fall and spring) of full-time student teaching.

Life After Fordham

Students receive support from a career adviser during the job search process. After completing the requirements for the Master of Science in Teaching, graduates are eligible for Fordham’s endorsement for New York State Initial Teacher Certification.

New York’s certification is reciprocal with many states. Graduates can attain professional certification in New York after teaching in the state for three years.

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