Associate Professor Giuliani, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5143, George.A.Giuliani@hofstra.edu
For students with no formal course work or teaching experience in secondary education or special education at the adolescent development level. 49 s.h. program. This dual graduate pre-service program leads toward the New York state initial certificate to teach adolescents in social studies, mathematics, sciences, English or foreign languages (grades 7-12) and the New York state initial/professional certificate to teach special education at the adolescent developmental level (grades 7-12). The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education and information technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program with a focus on teaching students with special learning needs. The Master of Science in Education in Inclusive Secondary Special Education conforms with New York State Learning Standards in the various areas of secondary education certification as well as the standards and guidelines of the Council for Exceptional Children for the preparation and licensure of special educators.
Students may apply through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission to the M.S. in Education in Inclusive Secondary Education program in the department of counseling, research, special education, and rehabilitation is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a liberal arts and sciences concentration.
- A completed application form to the master’s program.
- Completion of General Education Core for teacher education programs.
- Completion of course work in the content area in which certification is being sought.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0.
- Three letters of recommendation of which at least one addresses the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching of students with disabilities.
- A written personal statement of professional intent.
- Interview with a faculty member in special education.
The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in a graduate program. Consequently, candidates are welcome to apply if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.
Required Course Work
General Education Core
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.
Content Area Requirements
Students admitted to the M.S. in Education in Inclusive Secondary Special Education program are expected to possess an undergraduate major or its equivalent commensurate with the content area requirements for which certification is being sought. Students who do not meet the full admission requirements may be advised to complete prerequisite courses under a planned program before becoming matriculated. Students must be advised by the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services in conjunction with the appropriate program director in the department of curriculum and teaching.
English: 36 s.h. (with a distribution of courses over the following content areas)
- Minimum of 3 s.h in English language, linguistics or general language
- Minimum of 6 s.h. in American literature
- Minimum of 6 s.h. in English literature
- Minimum of 3 s.h. in World literature
Mathematics: 36 s.h. (with a distribution of courses over the following content areas)
- Minimum of 6-8 s.h. differential and integral calculus (calculus I and II)
- Minimum of 3 s.h. higher algebra (linear or abstract)
- Minimum of 3 s.h. higher geometry (Euclidean, non-Euclidean, topology or equivalent)
- Minimum of 3 s.h. discrete or finite mathematics
- Minimum of 3 s.h. applied mathematics
- Minimum of 3 s.h. probability/statistics
- Minimum of 13-15 in mathematics-related course work
Sciences: biology, chemistry, physics, 54 s.h.
The science requirements for those seeking certification in the contents listed above is an undergraduate major or equivalent study (30 s.h.) in the area of certification sought as well as a minimum of 6 s.h. each in the other science areas as well as earth science and calculus based mathematics.
Social Studies: 36 s.h.
- Minimum of 6 s.h. European history (Western civilization)
- Minimum of 6 s.h. United States history
- Minimum of 3 s.h. in each of the following: political science, economics and geography
- Minimum of 21 s.h. in additional course work that determines competency in non-Western history, anthropology and sociology
Languages Other Than English: French, Spanish, German, and Russian: 36 s.h.
The language requirements for those seeking certification in the areas listed above should possess an undergraduate major or equivalent study above level four in the respective language with studies in the following areas:
- Minimum of 6 s.h. culture and civilization
- Minimum of 3 s.h. conversation
- Minimum of 3 s.h. grammar
- Minimum of 3 s.h. composition
- Minimum of 9 s.h. literature
- Minimum of 12 s.h electives in the target language
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 49
A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading to the master of science in education degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to remain in the program. Courses in which students receive grades below C- confer no credit toward the graduate degree but are included in determining grade point average.
Phase I - Semester Hours: 12
Phase II - Semester Hours: 12
Phase III - Semester Hours: 16
Choose From - Semester Hours: 3
Select one course from the following:
Choose From - Semester Hours: 3
Select one course from the following:
Choose From - Semester Hours: 3
Select at least one course from the following: 3 s.h.
Reflective Practice - Semester Hours: 9
To qualify for the New York State Annotation for Teaching Students with Severe or Multiple Disabilities students will be required to complete additional course work in SPED 248: Education of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, or SPED 249: Understanding Physical, Sensory and Health Disabilities as well as an additional field experience (SPED 238) for a minimum of 50 hours working with students with Severe or multiple disabilities. Students seeking the annotation must be matriculated in this program.
Field Experiences Prior to Student Training
Prospective Teachers in the Inclusive Secondary Special Education program complete
a minimum of 100 clock hours as participant observers in designated schools prior
to student teaching.
At least one placement will be spent in a site recognized by the New York State
Education Department as high needs. Field experiences are integrated extensively
into course curricula. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement
and the Special Education Program Director.
Special Methods Courses
Special methods courses for specific content areas are as follows:
Students will qualify for admission to Student Teaching, SPED 223G and 223S, when they have satisfied the following requirements:
- Successful completion of 37 s.h. of core course work, including all courses in Phase I and II.
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.
Admission by permission of the graduate program director. Applications to the Office of Field Placement and the department of counseling, research, special education, and rehabilitation are due on October 1 for the spring semester and March 1 for the fall semester. Application forms are available in room 118 Hagedorn Hall.
- Completion of liberal arts and sciences requirements.
- Completion of content area requirements.
- Completion of 49 semester hours with no fewer than 42 s.h. in residence.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in overall graduate course work and all special education core courses.
- Passing grade on the comprehensive examination.
- All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.
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.