May 21, 2018
Associate Professor Ludwig, Director
This undergraduate major program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, methods, materials, field experiences, and student teaching necessary for a career as a health education teacher all grades. Training includes the development of a broad knowledge base in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and program planning and implementation, with an emphasis on educational methods and techniques appropriate for a school setting. The program combines on-campus course work with a broad array of field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, information technology, and inclusion are integrated throughout all areas of the curriculum. Successful completion of the program and a passing score on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) will qualify the student to obtain initial New York State Teacher Certification.
Matriculation and Continuation Standards
Requirements for acceptance into the school health education major program include: meeting Hofstra University’s general admissions standards and an interview with the program coordinator for advisement and scheduling. All school health education majors must meet the following criteria to continue in the program:
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in the following categories:
- All course work completed at Hofstra
- All required school health education major course work.
- Recommendation of the major adviser.
- Recommendation of the School Health Education Program Coordinator.
Final admission to the program is made by the Chairperson of the Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology upon recommendation of the department faculty.
Student Teaching Prerequisites
After completing at least 19 hours of professional education course work, including the special teaching-methods courses, students may apply for admission into student teaching. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Field Placement in Hagedorn Hall and returned 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 2.5 on overall course work or permission of adviser;
- No grade lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work;
- A GPA of 2.5 or higher in all course work.
Degree Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 128
In order to ensure that prospective teachers have a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, all students must complete course work from each of the content areas as described on the distribution sheet for the program. The Bachelor of Science degree program in School Health Education requires 64 hours of study in the liberal arts and sciences. While the student has some flexibility, the following list of course work must be completed as part of those 64 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences. Some of the courses can be found in more than one category.
Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements:
1. Successful Completion of at Least 128 Semester Hours
Successful completion of at least 128 semester hours and a cumulative grade point
average of 2.5 in work completed at Hofstra.
2. Liberal Arts
At least 64 semester hours must be in liberal arts.
3. Residence Requirements
There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at
Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization, including student
teaching, and the last 30 hours. The 15 hours need not be included within the
last 30 hours.
Distribution of Semester Hours By Specific Area
a) Major Core Requirements - Semester Hours: 25-26
- SGA 60A. Fundamentals of Child Abuse & Child Abduction (New College) (This can be taken as a 2 hour workshop during student teaching. In this case, it does not offer semester hour credit but satisfies the NYS requirement)
see footnote *
- SGA 60C. AIDS: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (New College)
see footnote *
b) Major Field Requirements - Semester Hours: 22
c) Student Teaching Requirement - Semester Hours: 9
d) Major Core Electives - Semester Hours: 9
- SSG 060A Death & Dying (New College)
see footnote *
e) Liberal Arts Requirements - Semester Hours: 39-46
2. Humanities/Artistic Expression: 6 s.h.
including one from each category:
b) Humanities distribution
Any course from Hofstra’s Humanities distribution .
5. Basic statistics course: 3 s.h.
8. 3 s.h. in:
Any HIST course.
9. Language to Level I: 0-3 s.h.
Note: Three semester hours of American Sign Language (ASL 191 ) satisfies this requirement but does not provide liberal arts and sciences credit. Also, if student places in Level II or above, he/she meets this requirement.
f) Liberal Arts Electives - Semester Hours: 10-18
Sugestions for Health Education majors:
g) Free Electives - Semester Hours: 6
Teacher Certification Requirements
Upon the successful completion of a Hofstra state-approved teacher education program, students are eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. A request for recommendation must be submitted to the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. Students who apply directly to New York state for certification are responsible for learning about and satisfying the certification requirements set by the state. It should be noted that such requirements may differ from those in Hofstra’s registered programs.
All prospective early childhood (Birth-Grade 2), elementary (Grades 1-6) and secondary (Grades 7-12), special subject teachers and educational leaders are required to pass the New York State Teachers Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by Pearson Education, for state certification requirements. Students should consult with the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services regarding the appropriate examinations for their area of study. Beginning in May 2013 graduating students will be required to pass new Performance Assessments and revised Content Specialty Tests.
It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) prior to student teaching, and the Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W) and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. Students not receiving passing scores on these examinations will not be eligible for certification.
In addition to fulfilling the required courses of study, the Commissioner’s Regulations mandate that all prospective teachers, pupil personnel and education leaders receive instructions regarding:
- Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
- Fire and Arson Prevention
- School Violence Prevention and Intervention
- Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse
- Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction
New York state legislation also requires all persons seeking certification as special education teachers or school administrators working in special education to have training in the area of children with autism. All of these requirements must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.
* Counted as a liberal arts course.