Adolescence Biology, MST

30 credits

NYSED 25525/25534

This clinically-rich master’s degree program in adolescence biology prepares candidates to teach biology as a content-area subject in grades 7 through 12. Graduates of the program qualify and are endorsed for New York state certification in Biology 7–12.

In addition to the general requirements for study in the Graduate School of Education and for initial teacher certification programs, candidates for the adolescence biology program must have an earned degree in biology (or a related field, for example, biological sciences), with a minimum of 30 credits in biology coursework. This content must include study in the following areas: anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, evolution, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, diversity, growth, and human biology.

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. An interview, as well as attendance at an Adolescence MST information session, is recommended.

Applicants for any of the initial teacher education (ITE) programs must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Education as well as their specific degree or certificate program and the following ITE requirements:

  • baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major or concentration in one of the liberal arts or sciences
  • a minimum undergraduate grade point average of approximately 3.0 (B or better)
  • MAT or GRE scores (no more than five years old)
  • two reference reports: academic and professional
  • satisfactory command of oral and written English as evidenced through an admissions essay or interview
  • Candidates for whom English is a second language are required to take and achieve a passing score in one of two tests: the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELT (International English Language Test). The following scores are the recommended minimum current1 test scores for English language proficiency for admission to the Graduate School of Education:
    IELTS1: 7 for General Test Score, no subtest can be lower than 6
    TOEFL1: 577 for paper test, 90 for Internet-based (IBT) test
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Scores can be no more than two years old. See program descriptions for additional program-specific requirements.

Matriculation Requirements

Once admitted, teacher candidates must meet these requirements for matriculation:

  • proof of immunization against measles, meningitis, mumps, and rubella, to be submitted to Fordham University Office of Student Health Services
  • proof of baccalaureate degree in cases where student is admitted to the Graduate School of Education during the undergraduate senior year, to be submitted to the Graduate School of Education, admissions office
  • proof of registration for the first semester of coursework, under advisement of the appropriate ITE program coordinator

Program of Study

CourseTitleCredits
UEGE 5102HISTORICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, AND MULTICULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN EDUCATION3
CTGE 5420EDUCATING CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE LEARNERS: PREK-123
CTGE 5155SPECIAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE3
CTGE 5401TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH DIVERSE ADOLESCENTS: DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITIES3
CTGE 5402TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH DIVERSE ADOLESCENTS 2: ASSESSMENT & PLANNING3
CTGE 5165CONSULTATION AND CO-TEACHING IN COLLABORATIVE CLASSROOMS3
CTGE 5272TEACHING AND ASSESSING SCIENCE IN ADOLESCENT CLASSROOMS (7-12)3
CTGE 5276CLINICAL SEMINAR IN ADOLESCENCE SCIENCE EDUCATION3
CTGE 5547LITERACY AND LEARNING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM3
Elective Course on Technology3
CTGE 0709ADOLESCENCE EDUCATION PORTFOLIO0
Total Credits30

The following courses may apply toward the elective technology requirement:

CourseTitleCredits
CTGE 6200SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY1
CTGE 6201DEVELOPING DIGITAL LITERACIES3
CTGE 6203CYBER COMMUNITIES FOR STEM1
CTGE 6261TECHNOLOGY IN READING, WRITING, AND SOCIAL STUDIES3
CTGE 6262APPLICATION OF COMPUTERS TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
CTGE 6265EMERGING ISSUES IN TECHNOLOGY3

Required workshops

The workshops listed below are required of all Initial Teaching (MST) programs as well as certain other programs related to NY state licensure.

CourseTitleCredits
EDGE 0230SCHOOLS AGAINST VIOLENCE EDUCATION WORKSHOP0
EDGE 0210CHILD ABUSE IDENTIFICATION AND REPORTING WORKSHOP0
EDGE 0260DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS TRAINING0
EDGE 0220DRUG, ALCOHOL, AND TOBACCO TRAINING0