Oct 17, 2017
Undergraduate Teacher Preparation for Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
Bachelor of Arts. The undergraduate early childhood education program leads toward New York state initial teacher certification in early childhood (Birth-grade 2). The early childhood 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 this program. The program conforms to the standards and guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the New York State Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education.
Students select a B.A. degree program from Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (excluding fine arts, dance, drama, music and speech-language-hearing sciences) or a B.A. degree program in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies from the School of Communication. After completing 45 semester hours of college course work, students choose early childhood education as a co-major. This education 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 programs. Hofstra’s undergraduate program in early childhood is a New York state-registered program. Students who successfully complete the program and who obtain passing scores on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) will qualify for New York State initial teaching certification.
Admission Criteria for the Early Childhood Education Program
After completing 45 semester hours of college course work, students may apply for admission to the School of Education, Health and Human Services through the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:
- A passing score on the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam.
- An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in overall course work and liberal arts and sciences course work.
- Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession.
- A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
- An interview with the program director.
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.
Required Course Work for the B.A. in Early Childhood Education
The Department of Curriculum and Teaching strongly recommends emphasis on course work dealing with multi-cultural issues and social contexts of education. In order to ensure that prospective teachers have a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, all students in the B. A. degree programs with co-majors in early childhood education must complete course work from each of the content areas below. When programs are planned carefully, these requirements may be satisfied while completing the Hofstra Distribution. Specific courses and minimum credits required for prospective teachers are indicated.
Whereas satisfaction of the Hofstra Distribution may require more credits in the indicated areas than those stipulated below, the designated courses within the following areas must be included in the B.A. degree program of the early childhood and elementary education major.
Areas to be included in partial fulfillment of the Hofstra Distribution and New York State Education Department requirements:
Artistic Expression/Humanities - Semester Hours: 3
Any LT or AA course listed under the Humanities Division of the
Communication - Semester Hours: 3
Information Retrieval - Semester Hours: 0-3
Historical/Social Sciences Concepts - Semester Hours: 6
Include at least one HIST course listed under the Social Science Division of the Hofstra Distribution (prerequisite to ELED 126A ).
Language Other Than English - Semester Hours: 0-12
Completion of 3 s.h. in a language other than English, or placement at level 2 or above. American Sign Language, ASL 191 , may be used to satisfy this requirement but does not carry liberal arts credit.
Scientific Processes - Semester Hours: 3
Any NS course listed under the Natural Sciences Division of the Hofstra distribution .
Mathematical Processes - Semester Hours: 3
Any MATH course listed under the Mathematics/Computer Science division of the Hofstra Distribution .
Written Analysis and Expression - Semester Hours: 6
The following courses and a passing score on the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Examination (Students transferring from other institutions must pass the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam).
Transfer students must plan their courses of study carefully with an
academic adviser to assess that their progress will fulfill both the
University and the New York State Education Department requirements.
Pedagogical Core Requirements for Early Childhood Education
Core Requirements for the Early Childhood Education Program (Birth-Grade 2)
Satisfactory completion of 45 semester hours of college level course work and
admission to the Early Childhood Education Program.
Admission to Student Teaching
Student Teaching Prerequisites
Program Phases 1 and 2 must be completed prior to student teaching. Application forms for student teaching are available in the Office of Field Placement and are due by May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for the succeeding fall semester. Admission criteria are as follows:
- a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on overall course work;
- a GPA of 2.5 or higher in liberal arts and sciences course work;
- a grade of C- or higher in each ELED course completed and
- no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work.
Graduation Requirements for the Early Childhood Education Program
Graduation from an undergraduate early childhood education program requires:
- completion of all graduation requirements for the appropriate B.A. degree in the liberal arts and sciences;
- completion of all course requirements for the co-major in early childhood education;
- the successful completion of at least 131 semester hours. (Military Science courses may not be counted toward this total semester hour requirement.);
- completion of at least 93 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences course work (FDED 111 and 127 may be counted toward this requirement);
- a minimum GPA of 2.75 in overall course work;
- a minimum GPA of 2.5 in liberal arts and sciences course work;
- an electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.
Teacher Certification Requirements
Upon successful completion of a teacher education program, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York State teachers’ initial certificate. Students are required to pass each of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: The Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills–Written (ATS-W), and the Content Specialty Test (CST). Students not receiving passing scores on all three examinations will not be eligible for certification. Additional information pertaining to certification can be found in the general information of the School of Education, Health and Human Services.
Note: It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and
Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
prior to student teaching, and the Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS-W)
and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. All three NYSTCEs
should be completed prior to graduation. Students not receiving passing scores
on all three examinations will not be eligible for initial certification.