Sep 20, 2017
Assistant Professor Masrour, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-5653.
Courses in this program lead toward the following two New York state teaching initial certificates: Languages Other Than English (LOTE) in Grades 7-12 and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in Grades PreK–12. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities, and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program.
Applications for admission to the M.S. Ed. in Foreign Language Education and TESOL program are made at the Graduate Admissions Office in the Admissions Center. Students who do not fully meet admission requirements may be required to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with completion of the Certificate Program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 or higher GPA;
- prior course work in a language in which foreign language education certification will be sought (see Foreign Language Content Requirements below);
- personal statement describing the applicant’s intent and rationale for entering the program;
- two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in the teacher education program course work; and
- interview with the coordinator of the program.
The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Candidates may wish to apply even if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate.
Foreign Language Content Requirements
Students admitted to the M.S. Ed. in Foreign Language Education and TESOL program should possess a bachelor’s degree in Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, German or Russian or a minimum of 36 s.h. in college-level course work above level four, in the respective language distributed over the following areas:
- Culture and civilization - minimum 6 s.h.
- Conversation - minimum 3 s.h.
- Grammar - minimum 3 s.h.
- Composition - minimum 3 s.h.
- Literature - minimum 9 s.h.
- Electives in the target language –minimum 12 s.h.
- Advanced course work in the above areas or special topics such as phonetics, grammar or linguistics (with advisement)
Candidates who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in a foreign language and are native speakers or skilled and proficient in languages other than English may demonstrate their knowledge in an alternative manner. Candidates can earn a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit toward the content core by passing both the oral and written proficiency portions of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) examination. The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) must both be taken and passed to receive the credit. Candidates are also required to have a passing score on the following New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE): the Content Specialty Test (CST) in LOTE.
Program Requirements – Total Semester Hours: 37
General Studies Component – Total Semester Hours: 7
Language and Literacy Component – Total Semester Hours: 6
Foreign Language Education Component – Total Semester Hours: 9
TESOL Component – Total Semester Hours: 9
Student Teaching and Practicum – Total Semester Hours: 6
To qualify for student teaching, students must demonstrate competence in oral and written linguistic skills of the target language by taking and passing both the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Written Proficiency Test (WPT). To pass these two examinations, students must be placed in Advanced Mid or higher, as described in the 2012 Guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Please note that these two exams are proctored on campus by a program director in the content area.
Graduation for the program requires completion of:
- All course work for the M.S. Ed. in Foreign Language Education and TESOL Program with an overall GPA of 3.0; no grades below B in required courses;
- All foreign language content requirements;
- 37 s.h. course work;
- A portfolio illustrating the student’s educational course work and professional accomplishments. All course work taken in satisfaction of the certificate requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.
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:
1. Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
2. Fire and Arson Prevention.
3. School Violence Prevention and Intervention.
4. Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse.
5. 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.