Associate Professor Robinson, Graduate Program Director,
(516) 463-4514, Nathalie.G.Robinson@hofstra.edu
This program leads to New York state initial teacher certification, valid for the teaching of music in all grades. This is a comprehensive program which aims to integrate on–campus course work with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, and technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. This program supports and reflects the national and New York State Learning Standards for the Arts.
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. Students who do not meet the full admission requirements must complete all prerequisite courses prior to conferring of the 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 music.
- Completion of General Education Core requirements for teacher education programs (see below).
- 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 reliably predict a candidate’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.
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.
Music Content Requirements
Students admitted to the M.S. in Education program in Music Education should
possess a bachelor’s degree in music or have a minimum of 36 s.h. in college-level
music course work distributed over the following content areas:
Music Theory, 11 s.h.
Music History and Literature, 6 s.h.
Applied Music, 4 s.h.
Conducting, 3 s.h.
Secondary Applied, 5 s.h.
Performance, 3 s.h.
Other courses related to music, 4 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 M.S. in Education
degree. Of these 36 s.h., six may be taken at the graduate level and counted toward
the M.S. in Education degree under the Electives category.
Candidates who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in music, but who have succeeded
in completing a majority of the required content courses with a cumulative grade
point average of 2.75 or higher, may apply for admission to the M.S. in Education
program. Upon matriculation in the program, candidates may continue to complete
the required content courses while they are completing the requirements for the
master’s program. Where academic subject matter deficiencies in music are so great
as to prevent completion of requisite work within the 38 s.h. master’s program,
additional course work may be required. Matriculated students must complete a
minimum of 29 s.h. of the M.S. in Education 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 29 s.h. residency.
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, 264, or CT 227 a student must 1) be
matriculated in the program, or 2) have written permission of the course instructor
or departmental chairperson prior to the beginning of the course.
Program Requirement - Semester Hours: 38
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. Students
may repeat courses to meet grade point average requirements.
The major in Music Education consists of a minimum of 38 semester hours of course
work, including each of the following:
Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 10
Choose From - Semester Hours: 1
Choose From - Semester Hours: 3
General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 4
Special Methods and Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 9
Electives Supporting the Content Area of Certification - Semester Hours: 6
(With advisement). FDED 200, 220, 252, and courses from MUS, CT, SPED, RES, LYST,
ELED or SED recommended, 6 s.h.
Student Teaching and Corequisite Seminars - Semester Hours: 9
Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching
A minimum of 100 clock hours of participation/observation is required 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. 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 may apply for admission to Student Teaching, CT 227, when they have
satisfied the following requirements:
- Completion of SED 200 or 200M, 205, 213, 227A, 264; CT 229, 299A, 299B; LYST
202; and SPED 201, 264.
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.
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.
- Completion of all General Education Core requirements.
- Completion of all music content requirements.
- Completion of the 38 s.h. course requirement in the M.S. in Education program
with no fewer than 29 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