May 20, 2018
Associate Professor Schwartz, Graduate Co-Program Director, Special Education, (516) 463-5778, Diane.C.Schwartz@hofstra.edu
Assistant Professor Cohen, Graduate Co-Program Director, Literacy Studies, (516) 463-463-5789, Barbara.J.Cohen@hofstra.edu
Option I. LITERACY STUDIES (Birth-Grade 6) and SPECIAL
EDUCATION (Birth- Grade 2)
Option II. LITERACY STUDIES (Birth-Grade 6) and SPECIAL
EDUCATION (Grades 1-6)
These dual programs prepare students to meet the educational
requirements for certification, Literacy (Birth-Grade 6) and Students
With Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades1-6). The degree provides
students with the opportunity to participate in classes that focus on
the most current understandings of literacy and special education
pedagogical practices. A universal theme woven into the fabric of all
programs in special education is an appreciation of diversity and the
understanding that the goal of education is to teach every child so
that all children can learn. Graduates of this program will be
recommended for the following teaching certificates: Classroom teachers
with preparation in Literacy (Birth to Grade 6) and Students With
Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades 1-6). Graduates will be
prepared for the following teaching positions:
- Literacy specialists with additional preparation in one-on-one and
small group instruction with students with disabilities (Birth-Grade 2)
or (Grades 1-6).
- Literacy specialists prepared to work
collaboratively with classroom teachers in designing and implementing
effective literacy instruction in inclusive environments. (Birth-Grade
2) or (Grades 1-6).
- Teachers of Students With Disabilities
(Birth-Grade 2) or (Grades 1-6) with additional preparation in literacy
instruction (Birth-Grade 6).
- B.A. or B.S. degree, with minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Possession of a New York State
Initial or Provisional Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood or Childhood Education (See Note (c) below).
- Interview with faculty
members in Literacy Studies and Special Education.
- A written Statement of Purpose is required for Special Education.
(a) Graduate students who
program of study on a non-matriculated basis are limited to a maximum
of 12 semester hours of
(b) A maximum of 6 semester
of advanced standing may be accepted
for relevant graduate course work
(c) Students who have
certification in an area of study other than those listed
above in #3
should speak to the department adviser.
General Education Core Requirements
In order to ensure that prospective teachers have a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, all students must have completed undergraduate course work from each of the content areas below.
1. Artistic Expression/Humanities, 3 s.h.
2. Communication, 3 s.h.
3. Information Retrieval, (0-3 s.h.; can be satisfied with passing score on exam)
4. Historical and Social Science Concepts, 3 s.h.
5. Language other than English, (0-3 s.h.; depending on placement)
6. Scientific Processes, 3 s.h.
7. Mathematical Processes, 3 s.h.
8. Written Analysis and Expression, 6 s.h.
Please note that programs may have general education requirements that exceed the minimum registered with the state. Degrees will not be conferred unless all general education core deficiencies have been met.
Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6) and Special Education (Birth-Grade 2)
Students take 47 to 50 s.h. for the dual certification in Literacy
(Birth-Grade 6) and Students With Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2): 26 s.h.
in Literacy Studies and 21 to 24 s.h. in Special Education. Phase I
courses must be completed before entering Phase II. LYST 240 and 241
are prerequisites for LYST 242. LYST 300 must be taken as part of the
first 12 s.h. of study. LYST 301 must be taken during the last spring
or fall semester of study. It is recommended that students take courses
in Literacy Studies and Special Education concurrently as listed in the
Phase I: Semester Hours: 28
Phase II: Semester Hours: 19-22
Literacy Studies (Birth-Grade 6) and Special Education (Grades 1-6)
Students take 51 to 54 s.h. for the dual certification in Literacy
(Birth-Grade 6) and Students With Disabilities (Grades 1-6): 26 s.h. in
Literacy Studies and 25 to 28 s.h. in Special Education. Phase I
courses must be completed before entering Phase II. LYST 300 and
SPED 277 must be taken as part of the first 12.s.h. of study.
LYST 301 must be taken as part of the final spring or fall semester of
study. Students must take SPED 201 or its equivalent as a
corequisite to beginning this program. It is recommended that
students take courses in Literacy Studies and Special Education
concurrently as listed in the table below:
Phase I - Semester Hours: 28
Phase II - Semester Hours: 23-26
- Completion of a minimum of 26 semester hours in
prescribed Literacy Studies courses and a minimum of 25 to 28
semester hours in Special Education with a
minimum grade point average of 3.0 for
- Completion of a minimum of 50 hours of field
experiences in Literacy Studies within school, family,
or community settings, including at least 30 practicum hours completed at
the Saltzman Reading/Writing/Learning Clinic and supervised student teaching in Special Education
under advisement of the Director of
- Successful presentation of a learning portfolio to
faculty and peers in Literacy Studies and successful completion of a
comprehensive examination in Special Education.
- Completion of all program prerequisites.
Upon successful completion of a school-based program, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. The state requires applicants to have passing scores on each of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE): the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), and the appropriate Content Specialty Tests (CSTs). The state will not issue certification to individuals not receiving passing scores on all New York examinations. In addition to pedagogical studies, the Commissioner’s Regulations require that all school-based programs provide students with instruction for the purpose of identification of child abuse and maltreatment; fire and arson prevention; prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse; School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); and highway and school safety/prevention of child abduction. No degrees will be conferred without the completion of all of these requirements. Please contact the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services for information regarding fingerprinting, examinations and seminars.