Adjunct Assistant Professor Iverson, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5768, Marsha.W.Iverson@hofstra.edu
This course of study leads to New York State Initial Teacher Certification in business and marketing. This 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. The program conforms to the New York State Learning Standards of Career Development and Occupational Studies.
Applications for admission to a Master of Science in Education program in the
Department of Curriculum and Teaching are made to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the
- A completed application form to the master’s program.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in each of two categories:
- Overall undergraduate course work,
- Course work in the content area in which certification will be sought,
Applicants with GPAs between 2.5 and 2.75 may be accepted provisionally, subject
to special conditions.
- Completion of General Education Core prerequisites for teacher education programs.
- A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
- Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in
the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
- A Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree (See Business Content Requirements below.)
The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict
a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Consequently, candidates
may wish 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 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.
Business Content Requirements
Students admitted to the master of science in education program in business education should possess a bachelor of business administration (B.B.A.) degree with a major specialization in one of the following areas: accounting, information technology, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, or marketing. Business education majors must have completed specific studies in the following:
Economics, 6 s.h.
Ethics, 3 s.h.
Political Science, 3 s.h.
Business Core Requirements - Semester Hours: 36 (minimum)
Accounting, 3-6 s.h.
Business Law, 3 s.h.
Business Policy, 3 s.h.
Computer Tools in Business, 3-4 s.h.
Economics, 3-6 s.h.
Finance, 3-6 s.h.
International Business, 3 s.h.
Management, 3-6 s.h.
Marketing, 3 s.h.
Quantitative Methods, 3-6 s.h.
If one or more of the above content areas are missing from any student’s transcript, those content areas must be completed prior to completion of the master of science in education degree. Of these 36 s.h., six may be taken at the graduate level and counted toward the master of science in education degree under the electives category.
Where academic subject matter deficiencies in the specific business major are so great as to prevent completion of requisite work within the 37 s.h. master’s program, additional course work may be required. Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 28 s.h. of the master of science in education degree program in residence at Hofstra. No more than 9 s.h. may be transferred into the program. Student teaching may be used to meet the residency requirement.
A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the master of science in education degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program. To register for courses in the program other than SED 205, 264, or CT 227 a student must be matriculated in the program, or have written permission of the course instructor or departmental chairperson prior to the beginning of the course.
Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 37
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while
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.
The major in Business Education consists of a minimum of 37 semester hours of
course work, including each of the following:
Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 10
Choose one course from the following:
General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 6
Choose one from the following: 3 s.h.
Special Methods and Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 6
Electives - Semester Hours: 6
Electives supporting the content area of certification: 6 s.h. (With advisement).
Graduate course work in FDED, Business, CT, SPED, RES, LYST, ELED or SED
Student Teaching and Required Seminars - Semester Hours: 9
Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching
At least one field placement must be in a district identified as high-needs by
the New York State Education Department. All field experiences are incorporated
into course curricula. Students enrolled in SPED 201/264 are placed in educational
settings to work with students who have special needs or disabilities. A minimum
of 100 clock hours of participation/observation is required prior to student teaching.
Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement. Departmental policy
is to place prospective teachers in districts other than those in which they currently
reside or in schools that they attended.
Participation/observation field experiences in designated secondary schools are
required in each of the following courses:
Student Teaching Prerequisites
Students will qualify for admission to Student Teaching, SED 217, or Supervised
Teaching, SED 218, when they have satisfied the following requirements:
- Completion of SED 200, 205, 213, 264, 296; LYST 209/215A/217A, and SPED 201/264.
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.
Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Field Placement. Applications
are due on October 1 for the succeeding spring semester and March 1 for the succeeding
Graduation from the program requires:
- Completion of all General Education Core requirements.
- Completion of all business and special liberal arts requirements.
- Completion of the 37 s.h. course requirements in the M.S. in Education program
with no fewer than 28 s.h. in residence.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.
- An electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and
- All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been
completed within a five-year period.
* Course requires participation/observation in designated schools.