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Master of Science in Teaching Online

Elementary school teacher with young studentThe Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) program is offered online for aspiring educators who are seeking initial teacher certification and want to earn their degree from wherever they live.

The program prepares you to teach students in grades 1–6 with a range of academic, social, and emotional abilities from a variety of backgrounds. Our online teaching program is designed to offer you strategies and techniques relevant to classroom success in the 21st century, with a focus on approaches that consider the emotional and academic growth of the whole child.

Childhood Education Track

The Master of Science in Teaching in Childhood Education is for aspiring teachers who want to pursue positions working with elementary-school-age children. As a student, you will complete a well-rounded curriculum with classes and coursework that explore child development, instructional practices for inclusive elementary classrooms, and professional studies.

This online master’s program comprises 36 credit hours and can be completed in 2 years.

Childhood Special Education Track

The Master of Science in Teaching in Childhood Special Education is a dual-certificate program that prepares educators to teach children with disabilities in grades 1–6. As a student, you will learn to create classroom environments where all children can learn, thrive, and succeed. Classes and coursework blend instruction in child development, adaptive instructional practices for children in all settings, and professional studies.

This online master’s program comprises 45 credit hours and can be completed in just over two years.

Admissions for the Online M.S.T.

The Master of Science in Teaching program starts three times throughout the year (January, May, and August). Learn more about application deadlines and admissions requirements.

Online Program Curriculum

All Fordham GSE programs, including our online master’s in teaching programs, are grounded in the University’s Jesuit values of acceptance, compassion, and understanding of the whole individual. This preparation allows graduates to be nimble educators who are able to work with students’ strengths to support varied, adaptive learning techniques.

As a student in our online teaching program, you will progress through a prescribed sequence of classes, building your knowledge of theory and practice both in your online classes and your in-person field experiences. You will emerge a reflective practitioner who can meet the needs of children in today’s classrooms. View our online program course descriptions.

Field Experience

You will apply theory to practice through approximately 600 hours of field experience and student teaching during your time in the program. The field experience includes:

  • A fall or spring start during your second year in the program.
  • Two separate placements that allow you to experience working with elementary school children in different grade levels.
  • Placement in a school in or near your community by Fordham’s team of placement specialists.

Online Certification

The online Master of Science in Teaching in Childhood Education program leads to initial teacher licensure in New York.

The online Master of Science in Teaching in Childhood Special Education is an integrated dual-certificate program that leads to endorsement for New York state teacher certification as a childhood teacher (grades 1–6) and as a teacher of children with disabilities in childhood education.

Upon graduation from this program, you will be eligible to sit for licensure exams in New York. While this program is designed to enable you to meet the requirements to become a teacher in New York, you may also be eligible for licensure in other states. Certification requirements differ from state to state, so we encourage students enrolling in this program to research the requirements in the state in which they reside or intend to practice.

Online Learning

As a student, you will attend classes and complete coursework online. You will do this through our online campus, a hub that will act as your connection to all facets of the program. Through this portal, you can attend your live weekly classes, access your video coursework and case studies, and connect with professors and classmates. You can also use the online campus to track assignments and grades, as well as reach out to technical support and student advisers.

Become a Teacher With Fordham’s Online M.S.T.
If you’re ready to learn more about our online teaching programs, request information and one of our admissions counselors will get in touch with you.