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

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 Physics applicants can choose among three programs:

Adolescence Physics (30 credits)

This program prepares graduates to be classroom Physics 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 physics courses such as Mechanics, Electricity, Waves, Optics, Atomic and Nuclear, Radioactivity, Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics.

Program Curriculum

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

  • Adolescence Education Portfolio (CTGE0709)
  • Clinical Seminar in Teaching Science (CTGE5276)
  • Collaboration and Co-Teaching in Classroom Learning Environments (CTGE5166)
  • Community Based Resources for Science (CTGE5634)
  • Developing Digital Literacies (CTGE6201) or Cyber Communities for STEM (CTGE6203) or Special Topics in Educational Technology (CTGE6200)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Integrating Math, Science, and Technology Education (CTGE5275)
  • Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (CTGE5547)
  • Science Curriculum and Instruction (CTGE5631)
  • Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, and Future (CTGE5155)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents: 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 and Assessing Science (CTGE5272)
  • Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Adolescents (CTGE5305)
  • Child Abuse Identification Training (EDGE0210)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop (EDGE0260)
  • School Violence Prevention Training (EDGE0230)

 

Exceptional Adolescents: Physics (42 credits)

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

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must complete or have completed 18 credits or more in a physics major or concentration including coursework in these areas: mathematics, electricity, waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, radioactivity and quantum mechanics.

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.

Physics 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: Physics (45 credits, dual certification)

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

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must have an earned degree in physics or related area (for example, physical science) with a minimum of 30 credits in physics coursework and 16 credits distributed among biology, earth science and chemistry. Included in the 36 credits must be coursework in the following areas: principles of physics including concepts in mechanics, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics; radioactivity, relativity and quantum mechanics.

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)

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

Physics 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 Physics Contacts

45 Columbus Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6400

Fax: 212-636-7106

Email: gse_admiss@fordham.edu