Master of Science in Teaching

Fordham Graduate School of Education offers an online Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) program for aspiring educators who are seeking initial teacher certification. 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.

M.S.T. Track Options

The M.S.T. program offers five different tracks, so you can align your degree with the desired age and demographic of students you want to teach. Depending on your chosen M.S.T. track, you will be prepared to teach students ranging from birth through grade 6 with a range of academic, social, and emotional abilities from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about the different M.S.T. tracks below.1

Early Childhood Education Track

The M.S.T. in Early Childhood Education prepares aspiring educators for positions teaching children from birth to grade 2.

As a student, you will explore different early childhood education models, focus on creating diverse, inclusive classrooms, and learn to incorporate play as a beneficial teaching technique. You will also learn about the effects family life has on early childhood education and how it is a key factor of student learning.

During your field experience in the early childhood education track, you will complete student teaching with both pre-K and K through grade 2 students.

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

Early Childhood Special Education Track

The M.S.T. in Early Childhood Special Education is a dual-certificate program that prepares educators to teach children in general or special education from birth to grade 2.

As a student, you will explore teaching theory and practice as it relates to contemporary issues in the classroom. You will learn to revise traditional teaching methods and develop skills in behavior management, social-emotional development, and inclusive teaching for diverse learners.

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

Childhood Education Track

The M.S.T. in Childhood Education is for aspiring teachers who want to pursue positions working with children in grades 1–6.

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. During your field experience, you will apply what you learn in class to your work in schools in or near your own community.

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

Childhood Special Education Track

The M.S.T. 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.

Dual Degree in Childhood and Early Childhood Education Track

The M.S.T. Dual Degree in Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education prepares educators for positions working with children from birth to grade 6.

As a student, you will learn from coursework that covers the different stages of childhood development, explore techniques that help solve challenges affecting children at different developmental stages, and learn how to make a positive impact as their teacher.

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

Choose the M.S.T. Track That’s Right for You

Earn your Master of Science in Teaching online from Fordham and align your degree with your teaching career.

Certification

Upon graduation from the M.S.T. 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 to research the requirements in the state in which they reside or intend to teach.2

M.S.T. in Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education

These programs lead to endorsement for New York state initial teacher certification as an early childhood teacher (birth to grade 2) or childhood teacher (grades 1–6).

M.S.T. in Early Childhood Special Education

This integrated dual-certificate program leads to endorsement for New York state teacher certification as an early childhood teacher (birth to grade 2) and as a teacher of children with disabilities in early childhood education.

M.S.T. in Childhood Special Education

This integrated dual-certificate program 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.

M.S.T. in Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Dual Degree)

This integrated dual-certificate program leads to endorsement for New York state teacher certification as both an early childhood teacher (birth to grade 2) and a childhood teacher (grades 1–6).

Curriculum

All Fordham GSE programs are grounded in the University’s Jesuit values of acceptance, compassion, and understanding of the whole individual.

Our online master’s teaching programs are developed with these values in mind and feature a strong focus on differentiated instruction. 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.

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Field Experience

You will apply theory to practice through approximately 600 hours of field experience and student teaching during your time in the program. Two separate placements will allow you to experience working with children of different grade levels and ages.

You will begin your fieldwork requirement in the fall or spring of your second year in the program, and Fordham’s team of placement specialists will place you in a school in or near your community. Throughout your placements, you will be supported by an on-site mentor teacher and GSE faculty, who will monitor your progress and act as mentors as you hone your teaching practice.

Teach Children From a Variety of Backgrounds

Earn your M.S.T. online from Fordham and learn to teach with compassion and understanding.

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.

Admissions

The upcoming application deadline is: March 4, 2019

We are seeking motivated aspiring educators who are inspired to create inclusive, differentiated classrooms where children can learn and succeed.

You can learn more about our application requirements here.

Student Support

We focus on student support as a way to ensure your success as a student and as a future educator. To guide you throughout your program, you will have access to extensive support services—from admission to enrollment to graduation.

1Teaching certification requirements vary from state to state, this includes type and grade/age range. Please contact your state for specific requirements. Return to footnote reference
2Teaching certification requirements vary from state to state, this includes type and grade/age range. Please contact your state for specific requirements. Return to footnote reference