Adolescence Physics (M.S.T., Transitional B)

30 credits

NYSED 27365/27360

This clinically rich master’s degree program prepares candidates to teach physics as a content-area subject in grades 7 through 12.

The Transitional B program is an alternative teacher certification program. The New York State Transitional B Certificate permits eligible candidates to be employed as a classroom teacher in a New York State public school while completing a master's degree. Upon successful completion of this Transitional B program, graduates of the program qualify and are endorsed for New York state certification in Physics 7–12.

In addition to the general requirements for study in the Graduate School of Education and for initial teacher education programs, candidates for the adolescence physics program 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 30 credits must be coursework in the following areas: principles of physics, including concepts in mechanics, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics; radioactivity; relativity; and quantum mechanics.

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. Attendance at an Adolescence M.S.T. 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

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

Course Title Credits
UEGE 5102Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education3
CTGE 5420Educating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners: Pre K-123
CTGE 5276Clinical Seminar in Adolescence Science Education3
CTGE 5547Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum3
CTGE 5401Human Development and Learning3
or PSGE 5302 Psychology of Adolescent Development and Learning
CTGE 5272Teaching and Assessing Science in Adolescent Classrooms (7-12)3
CTGE 5165Consultation and Co-Teaching in Collaborative Classrooms3
CTGE 6261Media Literacy Technology3
CTGE 5155Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, Future3
CTGE 5402Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents: Assessment and Planning3
CTGE 0709Adolescence Education Portfolio0
CTGE 5200Field Experience Seminar: Issues in Reflective Practice (taken twice)0
Total Credits30

Required Workshops

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

Course Title Credits
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