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Earth Science

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A teacher needs more than a foundation in earth science to nurture middle school and high school students’ knowledge and appreciation of the natural sciences.

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 Earth Science applicants can choose among three programs:

Adolescence Earth Science (30 credits)

This program prepares graduates to be Earth Science teachers for grades 7-12. There is an option to add an extension for grades 5-6.

Candidates for the adolescence earth science program must have a degree in geology (or a related field) with a minimum of 30 credits in earth science coursework.

This content must include study in the following areas: scientific methods, space systems, atmospheric systems, geological systems, and water systems.

Otherwise qualified candidates who lack coursework in a specified area may be admitted conditionally but must make up the content deficit prior to completion of the program.

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)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102 - 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: Earth Science (42 credits)

This program prepares graduates to be classroom Earth Science teachers for students with disabilities.

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must complete or have completed 18 credits or more in a earth science major or concentration including coursework in these areas: scientific methods, space systems, atmospheric systems, geological systems, and water systems.

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.

Earth Science 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: Earth Science (45 credits, dual certification)

This program prepares graduates to be classroom Earth Science teachers and Special Education teachers with an extension in Earth Science.

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must have an earned degree in earth science (or a related field), with a minimum of 30 credits in earth science coursework and at least 46 credits total in science.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

  • 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)

*Require eight to 10 fieldwork hours with students with disabilities.

Earth Science Courses

  • 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 Earth Science Contacts

45 Columbus Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6400

Fax: 212-636-7106

Email: gse_admiss@fordham.edu