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Elementary and Secondary Education

Teacher Certification Program

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Fordham College at Lincoln Center students preparing for teaching careers can pursue the five-year integrated teacher education track and MST teaching degree with the Graduate School of Education.

The five-year integrated teacher education track provides opportunities for students to complete a BA/BS in a liberal arts and science major and a 36- or 45-credit Master of Science in Teaching (MST) degree in one of the following programs:

36-credit MST Programs:

  • Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Adolescence Education in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics (Grades 7-12)
  • Exceptional Adolescents (Special Education) Generalist with Subject Extension or
  • Dual Certification(Grades 7-12)
  • TESOL - Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (Grades Pre K -12)

45-credit MST Programs for Dual Certification:

  • Childhood or Early Childhood Special Education
  • Early Childhood/Childhood Education
  • Bilingual Childhood Education
  • General and Exceptional Adolescence

Extensions in middle childhood education, TESOL, special education, and bilingual education are also available for additional credits

Full course descriptions and programs of study can be found in the GSE Bulletin or the GSE website.

Application and Enrollment Process:

Students apply to the Graduate School of Education in the beginning of the spring semester of junior year. Qualified students receive early admission to a 36- or 45-credit Master of Science in Teaching (MST) degree program. In senior year, students can integrate up to 12 GSE credits while completing Fordham University requirements. During the fifth year (including summers), students complete the graduate credits required for the degree along with two semesters (fall and spring) of full-time field experiences and student teaching.

After completion of all program requirements at the end of the fifth year, students obtain an MST degree in their selected program and are eligible for Fordham’s endorsement for New York State Initial Teacher Certification. NYS teacher certification requires the passing of a series of exams (one exam to be taken during senior year) and workshops. Exam information and fees can be found online. Extensive support in meeting certification requirements is provided to students.

Highlights and Benefits:

  • Students are offered the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in a liberal arts and science major and a Master of Science in Teaching degree (MST) after five years. Personal attention is given to students, both during the advising process and within courses.
  • There is a financial benefit because 12 graduate credits are taken on the undergraduate level and can be used for both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Students can pursue a dual certification or extension for additional credits, which may be more advantageous when pursuing a teaching position. Dual certification programs are 45 credits.
  • Upon meeting all degree, program, and certification requirements (NYS Teacher Certification Exams and workshops), Fordham endorses its graduates for New York State Initial Teacher Certification. Students are then eligible to begin teaching in NYS schools.
  • NY state certification is reciprocal with most other states. After successfully teaching in New York for three years and meeting additional requirements, New York State Professional Certification can be obtained.
  • Fordham is nationally recognized for its excellence in teacher education. It was the first institution in New York City accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All Fordham teacher education programs are nationally recognized by the specialty professional organizations that oversee teacher preparation.
  • Extensive field and student teaching placements provide more than 600 hours of comprehensive experiences in public schools in applying theory in practical, mentored situations. Cooperating teachers and field specialists support, mentor, and coach.

Interested students should contact:

Five-Year Integrated Teacher Education Track
Dr. Arlene Moliterno
Room 1003F