Associate Professor Zwirn, Adviser
This program leads to certification as a teacher of the visual arts in all grades in New York state. The aim of this program is to provide prospective teachers with comprehensive knowledge and skills in the fine arts which, together with fundamental courses in education, will lead to public school teaching. Special subject programs are 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. This program is in conformity with standards for art teacher preparation published by the National Art Education Association, the New York State Art Education Association, and the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts
Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 129
After completing a minimum of 45 semester hours of college course work, the student should apply for admission to the School of Education through the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership. For admission policies and procedures, see Secondary Education, Undergraduate Programs.
The B.S. in Education degree in fine arts education requires the following:
1. The Successful Completion of 129 Semester Hours
The successful completion of 129 semester hours with a cumulative grade point
average (GPA) of 2.75 or better in all course work and a GPA of 2.5 or better
in fine arts course work.
2. Liberal Arts
At least 64 semester hours must be in the liberal arts and sciences.
3. Residence Requirements
There are two requirements that ordinarily must be completed in residence at
Hofstra: 29 semester hours of course work in education, including student teaching;
and the last 30 semester hours taken. (Education courses need not be included
within the last 30 semester hours.)
4. The Following General and Major Requirements
WSC 1 & 2 and a passing score on the Writing Proficiency Exam. (See University Degree Requirements), 6 s.h.
Philosophy, 3 s.h.: PHI 10, 14, or 20
Language other than English, 0-3 s.h.: completion of 3
s.h. in a college level language other than English, or; 3
s.h. placement equivalency. Three semester hours of American Sign
Language (REHB 191) will satisfy this requirement, but will not provide
liberal arts and sciences credit.
e) Social Science
6 s.h. including:
f) Natural Science
Natural science and mathematics/computer science, 9 semester hours including:
natural science, 3 s.h.; mathematics, 3 s.h.; and computer science, 3 s.h.
g) Fine Arts and Art History
Fine arts and art History, 57 semester hours including:
FA 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 27, 45, 80, 170 and 199; RTVF 1; AH 3, 4, and either AH 103, 114, 118, 161 or 165; and 3 s.h. FA or AH elective, chosen under advisement. Students are also required to complete 6 semester hours in one of the following areas of specialization:
- ceramics (FA 80A, 81, 82, 83, 180 or 180A)
- graphic design (FA 51, 51A, 158 or 159G)
- painting (FA 45A, 46, 47, 48, 160 or 166)
- photography (FA 170A, 170B, 170E, 170F, 170G, 170H, 170X, 170Y or 171)
- sculpture (FA 58, 59, 161 or 167)
Alternatively, the specialization requirement can be met with 9 semester hours in metalsmithing (FA 70, 120, 121, 122 or 123).
Reports based on museum visits are required of students in some fine arts courses.
h) Education - Semester Hours: 29
* Participation/observation in secondary school are required in each of the following courses:
- CT 102 - Field Placement-grades PreK-6 (20 clock hours)
- SED 113 - Field Placement-grades PreK-6 (20 clock hours)
- SED 114 - Field Placement-grades 7-12 (20 clock hours)
- SED 151 - Field Placement-grades 7-12 (20 clock hours)
- SPED 102 - Field Placement-grades 7-12 (20 clock hours)
Students receiving a grade lower than C- in a professional education course must repeat the course and receive a grade of C or higher in order to remain in the program.
Student Teaching Prerequisites
After completing at least 19 semester hours of professional education course
work and an adviser audit of content area course work, students may apply for
admission to student teaching. Application forms may be obtained in the Office
of Field Placement. Admission criteria are as follows:
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on overall course work or permission of adviser
- No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education
- A GPA of 2.5 or higher in fine arts content courses
Graduation from the program requires:
- Completion of all graduation requirements for the bachelor’s degree in the major
content area in which the certification will be sought;
- Completion of all course requirements for the co-major in the concentration area
within secondary education;
- No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional course work;
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 in overall course work;
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major area in which the certification will be sought;
- An electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and
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 Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. There will be opportunities to attend a certification workshop during the student’s final semester, to receive all the necessary information regarding applying for certification. 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), secondary (Grades 7-12) and special subject teachers as well as educational leaders are required to pass the New York State Teachers Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc., for state certification requirements. Students should consult with the Office of Educational Support Services regarding the appropriate examinations for their area of study.
We anticipate that teacher and school building leader candidates applying for certification on or after May 1st, 2014, will be required to take certain new exams. At the February 2012 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved a change to the implementation schedule for the new testing requirements for the initial certification of teachers and school building leaders. Please contact the office of Educational Support Services at Hofstra University at (516) 463-5747 or consult the state website.
For candidates graduating prior to May 2013, 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 in special education, speech and language disabilities or school administrators working in special education, to have training in the area of children with autism.
Hofstra University offers the above listed educational law seminars through the Office of Educational Support Services. All of these seminars must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.