Associate Professor Robinson, Adviser
This program leads to initial certification as a teacher of music in all grades in New York state. The aim of the program is to provide prospective teachers with comprehensive knowledge and skills in music which, together with fundamental courses in education will lead to effective public school teaching. The program conforms with the National Standards for Arts Education and the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts.
Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 129
After completing SED 111 and receiving a passing score on the Piano Proficiency Examination, students may apply for admission to the School of Education and Allied Human Services through the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership. This typically occurs during the student’s junior year. For admission policies and procedures, see Secondary Education, Undergraduate Programs.
The B.S. in Education degree in music 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.
2. Liberal Arts
At least 65 semester hours must be in the liberal arts and sciences with no fewer
than 30 semester hours outside the department of music.
3. Residence Requirements
There are two requirements that ordinarily must be completed in residence at
Hofstra: 30 semester hours of course work in education, including student teaching;
and the last 30 semester hours of course work 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 Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam (see University Degree Requirements), 6 s.h.
History – any HIST course listed under the Social Sciences Division of the Hofstra
Distribution, 3 s.h.
d) Language other than English
Language other than English, 0-6 s.h.: completion of 6 s.h. in a college-level language other than English, or language placement equivalent to 6 s.h.
e) Scientific Processes
Scientific Processes–Any natural science course listed under the Natural Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science Division of the Hofstra distribution , 3 s.h.
g) Artistic Expression
Artistic Expression–Any MUS course listed under Music in Hofstra’s offerings, 3 s.h.
h) Information Retrieval
Information Retrieval–CSC 005 , a passing score on the Examination for Information Retrieval (EIR), or comparable course work, 0-3 s.h.
i) Mathematical Processes
Mathematical Processes–Any MATH course listed under the Mathematics/Computer Science sudivision of the Hofstra Distribution , 3 s.h. MATH 030B highly recommended.
j) Music Course Work
Performance Requirements: 12 s.h.
Students are Required to Take the Following:
Students without previous keyboard experience should enroll in MUS 035A , 035B , 035C , during freshman and sophomore semesters. The Piano Proficiency Examination must be passed before applying for admission to the School of Education, Health and Human Services. Keyboard majors will take two semesters of Voice Class.
In addition, music education students who focus their studies in the vocal/general area must complete or pass competency examinations in the following courses: MUS 110 , 175A , 175B , and two semesters of MUS 001A .
In addition, music education students who focus their studies in the instrumental area (band) must complete or pass competency examinations in the following courses: MUS 032A , 033A , 034A , 109 . Band students must enroll in two semesters of Jazz improvisation as part of their MUS 020 (6 semesters) requirement.
In addition, music education students who focus their studies in the Instrumental area (Orchestra) must complete of pass competency examinations in MUS 109 and three of the four following classes: MUS 013P , MUS 014P , MUS 015P , MUS 016P .
5. Professional Education Course Work - Semester Hours: 30
* Participation/observation in secondary school are required in each of the following courses:
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 Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership. 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 course work
- A GPA of 2.5 or higher in music content courses
Graduation from the program requires:
- Completion of criteria listed in 1-4 above
- No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education
- An overall GPA of 2.75 or better in all course work
- A GPA of 2.5 or better in music course work
- 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.
Note: In addition, music education students who focus their studies in the instrumental area (orchestra) must complete or pass competency examinations in MUS 109 and three of the four following classes: MUS 013P , 014P , 015P , 016P .