Adolescence Social Studies (M.S.T.)

30 credits

NYSED 25529/25530

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

In addition to the general requirements for study at the Graduate School of Education, for initial teacher education programs, and for the adolescence education programs, candidates for the adolescence social studies program must have must have taken a minimum of 30 undergraduate or graduate credits in social studies coursework. These credits must include coursework related to: U.S. history, non-U.S. history, anthropology or cultural studies, political science, government or civics, economics, sociology, geography, psychology, global connections, and the impact of science and technology on society. Of these, at least 21 credits must be in the study of history and/or geography. A grade of C+ or above is required for a course to be counted toward these totals, and an average of B or above is required for all social studies coursework.

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
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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

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
1

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

Course Title Credits
UEGE 5102Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education3
CTGE 5420Educating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners: Pre K-123
CTGE 5795Clinical Seminar in Adolescence Social Studies3
CTGE 5547Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum3
PSGE 5302Psychology of Adolescent Development and Learning3
CTGE 5261Teaching and Assessing Social Studies: Adolescents3
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.

  • Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Workshop
  • Dignity for All Students Training
  • Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Training (EDGE 0220)
  • Schools Against Violence Education Workshop