Mar 18, 2018
Assistant Professor Fusco, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-7704, Esther.Fusco@hofstra.edu
The master’s program in elementary education is offered by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. This program leads toward the New York State Initial Certificate to teach Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). The program blends on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of elementary school settings, including high-needs schools, culminating in full-time student teaching. This program is registered with the New York State Education Department.
Admission to the M.S. in Education program in the Department of Curriculum and
Teaching is contingent upon the following:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a liberal
arts and sciences concentration.
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 in each of two categories:
- Overall undergraduate course work
- Course work in the liberal arts and science
Applicants’ with a GPA of 2.5-2.75 may be accepted provisionally, subject to special
- General Education Core prerequisites for teacher education programs (see below).
- A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
- Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the
teaching profession and graduate course work.
The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict
a student’s potential for success in the program. Students may consider applying
even if they fail to meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their
experience might compensate.
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.
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 39
Elementary Education Major Requirements
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to remain
in the program. Grades of D or lower will not be counted toward the graduate degree
but will be included in determining the grade point average.
Phase I - Semester Hours: 8
Admission to the Elementary Education Program
Phase II - Semester Hours: 22
Phase III - Semester Hours: 9
Admission to Student Teaching
Field Experiences Before Student Teaching
Prospective teachers in the elementary education program complete a minimum of
120 clock hours (15 clock hours in each designated course) as participant observers
in designated schools prior to student teaching. Placements are arranged by the
Office of Field Placement. At least one placement in Grades 1-6 will be spent
in a high-needs site recognized by the New York State Education Department. Students
in SPED 264 will participate on-site with special-needs children in Grades 1-6.
Field experiences before student teaching with children in Grades 1-3 and 4-6
are integrated with the following courses:
Student Teaching Prerequisites
- Program Phase 2 and General Education core must be completed prior to student
- Application forms for student teaching are available in the Office of Field Placement
and are accepted by October 1 or March 1 for the succeeding semester.
- Students must have a cumulative minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in graduate course
- Completion of all requirements for the Master of Science in Education in Elementary
Education with an overall GPA of 3.0.
- Completion of the 39 s.h. course requirements in the Master of Science in Education Elementary Education
- A comprehensive portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and
- A passing score on the departmental comprehensive examination or departmentally
authorized equivalent (no degree credit).
- The completion of the master’s degree 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.
*Fifteen clock hours of field work required in each designated course
**ELED 275 may be taken in substitution for ELED 205.