Professor Murphy, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-6775,
The Master of Science in Education in English Education is a 37-s.h. program that requires an undergraduate major or equivalent (with a minimum of 36 s.h.) in English. The course of study leads to New York state initial teacher certification in English language arts (Grades 7-12). 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 with the New York State Learning Standards in English Language Arts and with the recommendations for teacher preparation of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Application for admission to a master of science in education program in the department of curriculum and teaching are made to the Office of Graduate Admission. Students who do not meet the full admission requirements must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the conferring of the master’s degree. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:
- A completed application form to the master’s program.
- A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in each of two categories:
- Overall undergraduate course work,
- Course work in the content area in which certification is being sought.
- 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.
The department understands that any single criterion may not predict a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Candidates may wish to apply if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may 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.
English Content Requirements
Students admitted to the M.S. in Education program in English Education must have a minimum of 36 s.h. in English courses with a distribution of courses in the following 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;
- minimum of 12 additional s.h. (with advisement).
Candidates who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in their certification area, but who have succeeded in completing a majority of the required content courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher, are eligible to apply for the M.S. in Education program. Upon matriculation in the program, candidates may continue to complete the required courses while they are completing the requirements for the master’s program. Where academic subject deficiencies in English 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 31 s.h. in residence at Hofstra University. No more than 9 s.h. may be transferred into the program. Student Teaching may be used to meet the 31 s.h. residency requirement.
A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the M.S. in Education degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program. To register for courses in the program other than SED 205, 213, and 264 a student must 1) be matriculated in the program, or 2) have written permission of the chairperson of Curriculum and Teaching or their academic adviser prior to the beginning of the course. Students accepted to the program must meet with their adviser to determine any undergraduate content area deficiencies and to complete a plan of study (Graduate Student Advisement Record).
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 37
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while
in the program. Grades of D will not be counted toward the graduate degree but
will be included in determining the grade point average. Students may repeat courses
to meet grade point average requirements.
The M.S. in Education in English Education consists of 37 s.h. of course work,
including the following:
Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 10
Choose one course from the following: Semester Hours: 3
General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 6
Choose one course from the following: Semester Hours: 3
Special Methods and Curriculum Courses that Relate Content and Pedagogy - Semester Hours: 6
Electives - Semester Hours: 6
Elective Courses, with advisement, supporting the content area of certification:
FDED courses, cross-cultural courses, courses concerning urban and/or gender
issues are especially recommended. In addition, students may choose from the following
content area electives:
- MAP 261 - World Literature (New College), 3 s.h.
Student Teaching and Required Seminars
Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching
Participation/observation field experiences in designated secondary schools are
required in each of the following courses:
Student Teaching Prerequisites
To qualify for admission to SED 217, Student Teaching or SED 218, Supervised Teaching, students must:
- Completion of SED 200, 205, 213, 264, 296; SPED 201, 264 and LYST 209, 215A, 217A.
- 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 fall semester.
Graduation from the program requires:
- Completion of all General Education Core requirements.
- Successful completion of all English content requirements.
- Completion of the 37 s.h. course requirement in the M.S. in Education program with no fewer than 28 s.h. in residence.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.
- An electronic portfolio illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.
- 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.