Special Education

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The coursework and field experiences in our programs develop

  • competencies in understanding principles and policies of special education and
  • proficiency in assessing and providing evidenced-based intervention and instruction for culturally diverse adolescents with a range of disabilities.
Start Semester: Any
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-time: Both

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 Special Education applicants can choose among the following three programs:

General and Exceptional Adolescents (45 credits, Dual Certification)

This integrated, dual-certification program leads to New York state certification as both subject area classroom teacher for adolescents grades 7-12 and students with disabilities 7-12 generalist with a subject area extension.

Students can choose among the following subject area specializations:

Admissions prerequisites and curricula vary by subject area. Refer to the subject area webpage for more detailed information. There is also an option to add an extension to teach grades 5-6. 

Curriculum

  • 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)
  • Developing Digital Literacy (CTGE6201)
  • 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.

In addition to the content core courses, candidates for this degree must complete related subject area requirements to obtain the dual certification. The course of study includes 9 additional credits in the dual subject area.

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science

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

English

  • Integrated Instruction ELA (CTGE5793)
  • Language/Culture Adolescent ELA (CTGE5531)
  • Teaching and Assessing Composition (CTGE6405)
  • Teaching and Assessing Reading and Literature (CTGE6410)

Mathematics

  • Teaching and Learning Foundational Topics and Math (CTGE5284)
  • Teaching and Assessing Mathematics: Adolescents (CTGE5286)
  • Teaching and Learning Math in the Middle Grades (CTGE5283)

Social Studies

  • Introduction to Historical Thinking (CTGE5790)
  • Social Studies Curriculum (CTGE5791)
  • Social Studies Scope and Sequence (CTGE6794)
  • Teaching Assessment in Social Studies: Adolescents (CTGE5261)

Exceptional Adolescents with Subject Area Extension (42 credits)

Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (MST)
Credits: 42

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

Students can choose among the following subject area specializations: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies. Admissions prerequisites and subject area coursework are outlined below.

There are also options to add an additional extension to teach grades 5-6. Contact us for details.

Curricula

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)
  • Developing Digital Literacy (CTGE6201)
  • 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.

In addition to the content core courses, candidates for this degree must complete related subject area requirements to obtain the extension. The course of study includes six additional credits in the extension’s subject area.

Extension Admissions Prerequisite and Courses

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science

Biology Prerequisites: 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.

Chemistry Prerequisites: 18 credits or more in a chemistry major or concentration, including coursework in these areas: inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.

Earth Science Prerequisites: 18 credits or more in an earth science major or concentration, including coursework in these areas: scientific methods, space systems, atmospheric systems, geological systems, and water systems.

Physics Prerequisites: 18 credits or more in a physics major or concentration including coursework in these areas: mathematics, electricity, waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, radio activity, and quantum mechanics.

Courses

  • Cyber Communities for STEM (CTGE6203)
  • Science Curriculum and Assessment (CTGE5631)
  • Teaching and Assessing Science (CTGE5272)

English

Admissions Prerequisites: Complete or have completed 18 credits or more in an English major or concentration, including coursework in these areas: British literature, American literature, multicultural writers, women writers, literary criticism, and written composition.

Courses

  • Teaching and Assessing Composition (CTGE6405)
  • Teaching and Assessing Reading and Literature (CTGE6410)

Mathematics

Admissions Prerequisites: Complete or have completed 18 credits or more in a mathematics major or concentration.

Courses

  • Teaching and Assessing Mathematics: Adolescents (CTGE5286)
  • Teaching Foundational Topics in Mathematics (CTGE5284)

Social Studies

Admissions Prerequisites: 18 semester hours through a combination of study in United States history, world history, and geography. The social studies major or concentration should include coursework related to anthropology or cultural studies, economics, sociology, geography, psychology, global connections, and the impact of science and technology on society.

Courses

  • Social Studies Curriculum (CTGE5791)
  • Teaching and Assessing in Social Studies: Adolescents (CTGE5261)

Generalist (36 credits)

Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (MST)
Credits: 36

Career Path: Prepares teachers for support roles in special education such as consultant teacher, resource room service providers, and integrated co-teachers.

This program leads to New York state certification as a teacher of Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

  • Adolescence Education Portfolio (CTGE5200)
  • *Assessment of All Learners with Disabilities (CTGE5170)
  • *Behavior Interventions and Effective Classroom Management (CTGE5167)
  • *Collaboration and Co-Teaching in the Classroom: Learning Environment (CTGE5166)
  • Digital Literacies (CTGE6201)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Literacy and Learning 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 below will be taken by students seeking Middle Grades Extension

*Requires 8 to 10 fieldwork hours with students with disabilities.

There is also an option to add an extension to teach grades 5 and 6. Contact us for details.

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.