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English Education in middle and high schools helps students gain understanding and appreciation of themselves and the world in which they live through the exploration of literature, culture, language and communication.

The Adolescence Education program builds on a candidate’s undergraduate English major and develops their knowledge and understanding of adolescent learning and development, educational theory, and best practices in English 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 English applicants can choose among three programs:

Adolescence Education: English (30 credits)

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

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must have an earned degree in English or its equivalent, with a minimum of 30 credits in English language arts coursework. This content must include study in the following areas: American literature, British literature prior to 1650, multicultural (non-Anglo) literature, multiple genres, written composition, and women writers.

Program Curriculum

All descriptions for Adolescence English Education courses are available in the GSE Bulletin.

Exceptional Adolescents: English (42 credits)

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

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must have an earned degree in English or its equivalent, with a minimum of 36 credits in English language arts coursework. This content must include study in the following areas: American literature, British literature prior to 1650, multicultural literature, multiple genres, written composition, and women writers.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions and review a list of courses.

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

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

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must have an earned degree in English or its equivalent, with a minimum of 36 credits in English language arts coursework. This content must include study in the following areas: American literature, British literature prior to 1650, multicultural literature, multiple genres, written composition, and women writers.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions and review a list of courses.

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 English Contacts

45 Columbus Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6400

Fax: 212-636-7106

Email: gse_admiss@fordham.edu