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To nurture middle school and high school students’ knowledge and appreciation of the life sciences, a teacher needs more than a foundation in biology.

This program develops teacher candidates’ knowledge and understanding of adolescent learning and development, educational theory, and best practices in science education.

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 30
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Adolescence Biology applicants can choose among three programs:

Adolescence Education: Biology (30 credits)

This path prepares graduates to be classroom biology teachers for grades 7-12. There is also an option to add an extension for grades 5-6.

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must have 30 college credits in biology courses such as Anatomy/Physiology, Behavior, Cell Biology, Biological Diversity, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Growth, Human Biology, and Microbiology.

Program Curriculum

All descriptions for the below courses are available in the GSE Bulletin.

  • Adolescence Education Portfolio (CTGE0709 - 0 credits)
  • Clinical Seminar in Teaching Science (CTGE5276 - 3 credits)
  • Consultation and Co-Teaching in Collaborative Classrooms (CTGE5165 - 3 credits)
  • Educating Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners: PreK-12 (CTGE5420 - 3 credits)
  • Elective Course in Technology (changes each semester - 3 credits)
  • Field Experience (CTGE5200-3 credits)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102 - 3 credits)
  • Human Development and Learning (CTGE5401 - 3 credits)
  • Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (CTGE5547 - 3 credits)
  • Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, Future (CTGE5155 - 3 credits)
  • Special Topics in Educational Technology (CTGE6200 - 3 credits)
  • Teaching and Assessing Science (CTGE5272 - 3 credits)

Workshops:

  • Child Abuse Identification Training (EDGE0210)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop (EDGE0260)
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Training (EDGE0220)
  • School Violence Prevention Training (EDGE0230)

 

Exceptional Adolescents: Biology (42 credits)

This path prepares graduates to be classroom biology teachers for students with disabilities.

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must complete or have completed 18 credits or more in a biology major or concentration including coursework in these areas: anatomy and physiology, ecology, evolution, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, behavior, diversity, growth and human biology.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

  • Adolescence Education Portfolio (CTGE0790)
  • *Assessment of All Learners with Disabilities (CTGE5170)
  • *Behavior Interventions and Effective Classroom Management (CTGE5167)
  • *Collaboration and Co-Teaching in Classroom/Learning Environments (CTGE5166)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Learning and Literacy Across the Curriculum (CTGE5547)
  • *Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, Future (CTGE5155)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 1: Development and Communities (CTGE5401)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 2: Assessment and Planning (CTGE5402)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 3: Differentiated Instruction (CTGE5403)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 4: Reflection and Innovation (CTGE5404)
  • *Teaching English Language Arts and History in Inclusive Adolescence Classrooms (CTGE5175)
  • Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Adolescents (CTGE5305)
  • *Teaching Math and Science in Inclusive Adolescence Classrooms (CTGE5176)

*Courses require eight to 10 fieldwork hours with students with disabilities.

Biology Core

  • Cyber Communities for STEM (CTGE6203) or Developing Digital Literacy (CTGE6201)
  • Science Curriculum and Assessment (CTGE5631)
  • Teaching and Assessing Science (CTGE5272)

General and Exceptional Adolescents: Biology (45 credits, dual certification)

This path prepares graduates to be classroom Biology teachers and special education teachers with an extension in Biology.

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must have an earned degree in biology (or a related field, for example, biological sciences), with a minimum of 30 credits in biology coursework. This content must include study in the following areas: anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, evolution, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, diversity, growth and human biology.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

Instructional Core

  • Adolescence Education Portfolio (CTGE0790)
  • *Assessment of All Learners with Disabilities Disabilities (CTGE5170)
  • *Behavior Interventions and Effective Classroom Management (CTGE5167)
  • *Collaboration and Co-Teaching in Classroom/Learning Environments (CTGE5166)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (CTGE5547)
  • *Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, Future (CTGE5155)
  • *Teaching English Language Arts and History in Inclusive Adolescence Classrooms (CTGE5175)
  • Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students (CTGE5305)
  • *Teaching Math and Science in Inclusive Adolescence Classrooms (CTGE5176)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 1: Development and Communities (CTGE5401)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 2: Assessment and Planning (CTGE5402)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 3: Differentiated Instruction (CTGE5403)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 4: Reflection and Innovation (CTGE5404)

Requires 8-10 hours of fieldwork with students with disabilities.

Biology Core

  • Cyber Communities for STEM (CTGE6203) or Developing Digital Literacy (CTGE6201)
  • Integrating, Math, Science, and Technology (CTGE5275)
  • Science Curriculum and Assessment (CTGE5631)
  • Teaching and Assessing Science (CTGE5272)

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.

Certification Information

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. 

Adolescence Biology Contacts

45 Columbus Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6400

Email: gse_admiss@fordham.edu