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Five-Year Track: Bachelor and Master's Degrees

Teacher Certification Programs for Fordham Undergraduate Students

Summer 2022 Application: Apply Now!

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The Five-Year Integrated Teacher Education Track provides opportunities for Fordham undergraduates to complete a B.A/.B.S. in a liberal arts and sciences major and a Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.).

The integrated track is based on a reflective practitioner model with cohorts of students progressing through a sequence of coordinated courses and field experiences designed to link theory and practice.

Graduates of the programs are highly qualified teachers who respect individuals in a multicultural society, excel in academic disciplines, acquire a broad knowledge base, learn in meaningful contexts, become reflective practitioners, and engage in life-long learning.

Why should I apply for the Five-Year Track Program?

Beyond earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in five years, the Graduate School of Education works to prepare and develop teachers who are committed to professional and school excellence, reflective practice, and lifelong learning.

Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships Available

Fieldwork required for financial aid and scholarships.

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

Program Prerequisites

Applicants must have prerequisites in seven areas of study, including English literature, math, science, foreign language, writing or communications, artistic expression and social sciences.

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
  • GRE or MAT exam scores

M.S.T. Fieldwork Requirements

The practical application of theory, teaching strategies, curriculum construction, and behavior management is woven into student teaching throughout our program. Generally, student teaching requires one full academic year, with placements in two different grade levels. In the fall and spring semester, students complete student teaching requirements as prescribed by their program.

Students are mentored by a field specialist and placed in our high needs partnership schools in New York City.

Contact (Lincoln Center Campus)

Professor Marilyn Bisberg, 

Admissions Process

How does the admissions process work?

The program has a two-stage admissions process.

First Stage
Preliminary declaration of interest and MST advisement

  • Complete a Declaration of Interest form* and submit to the FIve-Year Track Coordinator at GSE.
  • Meet with the coordinator for program advisement.
  • Plan your credit/course strategy to complete your BA/BS while integrating the 12 MST credits at GSE.
  • Inform your undergraduate academic advisor about intent to enter the Five-Year Track.

Once you submit the Declaration of Interest form*, the coordinator will open registration for the 1-credit Field Experience Seminar. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors meet once monthly. Field Experience requires 30 hours per semester through senior year.

*Note: The Declaration of Interest form is on the last page of the document.

Second Stage
Formal application to the Graduate School of Education

  • Apply at the beginning of the spring semester of junior year for early admission.
  • Complete the GSE admissions application (including personal statement, two letters of reference, resume, and official transcript from all universities attended).
  • Inform your undergraduate academic advisor that you submitted your application and will complete 12 GSE credits during senior year (including field experience and reflective seminar.)
  • Complete all liberal arts and sciences and content requirements by the end of senior year.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B or better). No D grades accepted.

What do my fourth and fifth years look like?

Students apply to the Graduate School of Education (GSE) 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 undergraduate requirements. During the 5th 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 5th year, students obtain an MST and are eligible for Fordham’s endorsement for New York State Initial Teacher Certification.

NYS teacher certification requires passing a series of exams (one exam to be taken during senior year) and workshops. Exam information and fees can be found at We provide extensive support in meeting certification requirements.

Program Curriculum

Which teaching programs can I pursue? 

MST Programs*

MST Programs* for Dual Certification

Extensions (available for additional credits)

*MST programs are 30-45 credits depending upon program.

Fieldwork Requirements

How is fieldwork integrated into the program?

The goals of the field experiences are to:

  • examine your interest in teaching and to make an informed decision about teaching as a career.
  • gain insight into the curriculum and organization of a school, classroom or educational settings.
  • work with students on different age levels.
  • allow education faculty to learn about your disposition, motivation, skills, and suitability for teaching.
  • prepare you for a 5th year student teaching experience.

We require a minimum of 30 hours of fieldwork in a school or approved educational setting each semester. In choosing a site, our students look for the opportunity to be an active participant in teaching-learning and to gain exposure to diverse educational settings and age groups.