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. 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. 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 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 2 years.
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.
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.
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 elementary school children in different grade levels. 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.
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.
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.