(Refer to the Hofstra University Graduate Studies Bulletin for information about graduate programs and courses offered by the School of Education.)
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Eva Badowska, Dean
Stacy Zalewski, Senior Associate Dean
Sheri Suzzan, Associate Dean for External Relations, Field Placement, and Recruitment
Anthony Robinson, Associate Dean of the Center for Educational Access and Success
Ariana Murphy, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation
Allison King, Assistant Dean of the School of Education
Michelle Ferraino, Assistant Dean of Graduate Recruitment
Hofstra University prides itself in having an “all-University approach” to teacher education. Since 1935 our history has been one of a four-year liberal arts college that early on expanded to serve the needs of such future professionals as engineers, business people, and professional educators. Unlike many other institutions that began as teacher training colleges and later added a liberal arts component, Hofstra University enjoys a duality between liberal and professional studies but is based on a University mission that places a liberal arts education of undergraduates in overriding priority.
Mission of the School of Education
The faculty of the Hofstra University School of Education is dedicated to the preparation of reflective and knowledgeable professionals who use scholarship to inform their practice. Collectively, we strive toward a more just, open, and democratic society as we collaborate with and learn from children, adolescents, and adults in diverse social and cultural settings.
We encourage and support the scholarship and practice of our colleagues and students in their professional lives; our endeavors include research that contributes to the knowledge base for educators. Thus, it is our intent to establish the School of Education as a place that nurtures communication, collaboration, and leadership both at Hofstra and in community settings.
For the undergraduate component of the initial program, then, the goals of the School of Education include:
- The cooperative education of students well-rounded both professionally and in the liberal arts and sciences;
- The first professional training of entry-level professionals who will serve in the public and independent schools of the region and nation;
- The development of analytic skills and sound judgments applied to content and also to professional issues; the ability to make warranted and thoughtful decisions about curriculum issues and student-related issues as well as issues relating to the conduct of the schools and the profession;
- To set the groundwork for continued learning by the new professional, whether that learning is through job-related experiences or graduate study applicable toward professional certification.
About the School
The School is composed of the following departments and their undergraduate programs or courses:
Specialized Programs in Education
Health Education (HED)
Literacy Studies (LYST)
Physical Education (PESP)
Special Education (SPED)
Teaching, Learning and Technology
Early Childhood Education (ELED)
Educational Studies (EDST)
Elementary Education (ELED)
Secondary Education (SED)
Dance Education (SED)
English Education (SED)
Fine Arts Education (SED)
Foreign Languages Education (SED)
Mathematics Education (SED)
Music Education (SED)
Science Education (SED)
Social Studies Education (SED)
Accreditation and Certification
The teacher education and educational leadership programs of the School of Education were accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the CAEP accreditation system, in 2014 for a period of seven years. In 2019, the School of Education became a member of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Founded by educators in 2017, AAQEP is an accreditation organization for educator preparation programs that promotes the preparation of effective educators in innovative, outcome-focused programs that engages education’s toughest challenges directly and in context. AAQEP’s comprehensive standards for educator preparation specify aspects of completer performance and program practice that identify effective programs and that qualify those programs for AAQEP accreditation.
Hofstra University is currently pursuing accreditation of its educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Hofstra University are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.
Hofstra University’s School of Education programs are registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Studies offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, advanced certificate, and doctoral levels are provided in the following school-based areas: early childhood (Birth-Grade 2); elementary education (Grades 1-6); secondary education (Grades 7-12); special subjects: business, dance, fine arts, family and consumer science, music, health, and physical education (all grades); and special education, gifted, TESOL, bilingual, literacy, speech and language disabilities, and coordinator of work-based learning extension. Non-classroom areas include pupil personnel services and educational administration.
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 School of Education Dean’s Office for 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. Individuals 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), childhood (Grades 1-6), adolescent (Grades 7-12) and special subject, students with disabilities, gifted, TESOL, bilingual, literacy, speech and language disabilities teachers, as well as school leadership candidates, are required to pass the New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc., including the Educating All Students Test (EAS) and the Content Specialty Test(s) (CST). Prospective School Leaders will be required to take the appropriate leadership exams. For more information regarding state testing, please contact the Office of Educational Support Services at 516-463-5747 or visit www.nystce.nesinc.com. For state certification requirements, students should consult with the School of Education Dean’s Office.
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
- Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
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.
Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000, the Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE), requires that applicants for teaching and administrative and pupil services personnel certification and prospective employees of covered schools (school districts, charter schools, and BOCES) must undergo fingerprint supported criminal history background check. However, many school districts and institutions across the metropolitan New York area are now requiring that all student teachers, observers, interns, or externs receive fingerprint clearance before they are placed in educational settings that are required for this degree program. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for fingerprint clearance upon acceptance to the program. Fingerprint clearance is also required for New York state certification. For information on how to register to be fingerprinted, visit http://www.nysed.gov/educator-integrity/fingerprinting and use the service code for Certification listed on the website.
Hofstra University has maintained the following passing rates on these examinations for 2017-2018:
|New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE®)
|Number Taking Tests
|Number Passing Tests
|Pass Rate (%)
|201 - EDUCATING ALL STUDENTS
|Content Specialty Test (CST) Areas**
| 069.1 - BUSINESS AND MARKETING CST.1
| 1211 - MULTI-SUBJECT BIRTH TO GRADE 2
| 1221 - MULTI-SUBJECT GRADES 1-6
| 115 - SOCIAL STUDIES CST
| 075 - MUSIC CST
| 060.1 - STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES CST.1
| TP014 - EARLY CHILDHOOD
| TP021 - K-12 PERFORMING ARTS
| TP004 - SECONDARY HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES
| TP012 - SPECIAL EDUCATION
| Program Completers 2017-18
*Numbers based on undergraduate and graduate program completers, 2016-17.
**Please note that tests for which there were fewer than 10 test-takers in a particular group or for a particular assessment have been omitted for confidentiality purposes.
New York state has interstate contracts with 42 other states and jurisdictions. Persons prepared in one of the contract states and who meet the contract requirements of the interstate agreement are eligible for an initial certificate upon application with each individual state. States not participating in the above reciprocity system will accept certificate applications and evaluate them on an individual basis.
Policy on Ethical and Professional Performance
Students are expected to behave in an ethical and professional manner according to the guidelines for student conduct and academic honesty at Hofstra University and to the professional standards identified in their respective programs in the School of Education. Satisfactory interpersonal behavior and professional performance in classes and meetings, student teaching, internships, and practica are expected. If a report is received concerning an ethics violation, or an incident of inappropriate behavior as defined by the Student Judicial Code, established University procedures will be followed to investigate the issue and determine the course of action.
It is our policy that if a student is dismissed from two schools/placements before and/or during the student teaching semester, that student will be considered for dismissal from the teacher education program and may be counseled out of the program. Certification requirements will not be met and the student will not be recommended for certification by Hofstra University.
A program is a coherent sequence of coursework and fieldwork designed to develop the professional competence of degree candidates. Programs offered by the School of Education are classified as either initial or professional. The initial programs are for students seeking their first teaching certification whether at the undergraduate or the graduate level. Professional programs are designed for individuals already certified (provisional or initial) to teach and those experienced as teachers (e.g., in private schools) and who wish to pursue advanced studies in a specialized field of education. Consult the Hofstra University Graduate Studies Bulletin and individual departments for advisement and specific program information.
The School of Education also offers co-major programs to undergraduate students interested in education as an additional field of study and inquiry. Students should consult individual departments for advisement.
To locate information about preparation programs for teaching and other educational roles, consult the chart for Undergraduate Initial Teacher Preparation Programs (below). Use the chart to identify the schools and departments offering the program of interest.
Click here for a list of all School of Education undergraduate majors and minors.
Undergraduate Initial Teacher Preparation Programs
Degree candidates are admitted after application to specific programs within the School of Education. Undergraduate degree candidates typically successfully complete a prescribed distribution of liberal arts and sciences course work, designated by each program before admission to the program. Enrollment is open to students showing dispositions that indicate potential as teachers of children and youth. Judgments concerning these dispositions are accumulated in reports, on field-based experiences from several of the students’ instructors, including faculty in liberal arts and education and cooperating teachers in the schools. Prospective teachers should obtain applications from the proper department in the School of Education even though initial enrollment may be in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, or the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science.
|Undergraduate Initial Teacher Preparation Programs
Teacher candidates should obtain advisement from the appropriate department of the School of Education as well as from the department of their anticipated teaching field.
|Anticipated Teaching Field
|Department of Teaching Field
|Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education
|Teaching, Learning, and Technology
|Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education
|Teaching, Learning, and Technology
|Foreign Languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian)
|Appropriate language department
|Specialized Programs in Education
|Appropriate science department
|Appropriate social science department
Prospective teachers in the following fields enroll as majors in the School of Education: dance education, early childhood/childhood (BS), fine arts education, music education, physical education, and dual degree (BS/MS) physical education and health education. Preparation for teaching in early childhood and elementary schools (BA) requires students to select from these majors that lead to a BA degree program from Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, or The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, as well as a co-major in the School of Education for completion of the professional education courses leading to certification. Students preparing to teach in secondary schools enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a major in teaching content and a co-major in secondary education. The chart is a guideline of teaching fields and their respective departments.
A student preparing to teach early childhood/elementary (BA), or secondary education should, by the beginning of the sophomore year, select a co-major in the appropriate college. With an adviser from the chosen department, the student should develop an approved plan of study that satisfies the requirements of that department as well as the School of Education program. Students preparing to teach early childhood/childhood (BS), art, dance, or music should enroll in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology during the first year. Early childhood/childhood (BS) will also need to choose a concentration area in the liberal arts. Students preparing to teach physical education or health education should enroll in the Department of Specialized Programs in Education during the first year.
Frequently it is necessary for students to take more than the minimum 124 semester hours for graduation in order to meet the subject requirements of their academic department in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, or The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and the teacher education requirements of the School of Education.
Students will need to apply separately to be accepted into the School of Education. Once they have been accepted by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Technology they should also submit a Change of Study Form (to declare two majors) to the Office of Academic Records. This form should be signed by program advisers in both areas of study.
Undergraduate students should plan with their liberal arts adviser to take the majority of their distribution and liberal arts co-major courses before their junior year. Education majors will respectively need to plan to alternate a semester of mornings and a semester of afternoons in order to participate in t local school districts. Programs require a minimum of 100 to 150 hours of observing/participating in the schools prior to student teaching.
The School of Education has implemented a policy of careful initial and continuing selection of students and courses offered by the School. Generally, undergraduate courses are not open to students who have not been accepted into the School of Education. Exceptions include some courses in foundations of education, educational psychology, physical education, and special education.
At the end of the sophomore year, students who have applied for enrollment in the School of Education will be assigned to one of three categories:
- Accepted, meaning that an applicant may continue in teacher education at Hofstra.
- Accepted provisionally, in secondary education, meaning that an applicant may continue work in professional education although specified deficiencies must be made up.
- Rejected, meaning that an applicant may not enroll in any course offered by the School.
Students who have been accepted may be dropped from programs in education at a later date in cases where academic performance, judgments of field-experience supervisors and cooperating school personnel or other factors make such steps advisable.
School-Based Employment Opportunities
Hofstra University and faculty in the School of Education are committed both to attract excellent candidates to our programs, as well as assisting them in locating employment upon graduation. Teaching candidates are strongly encouraged before enrolling in a given program to review the employment prospects in their chosen field. Such opportunities, of course, differ among teaching areas and within regions of the country. Data about the profession, including supply and demand by region and certification area, are routinely available and updated regularly on such websites as www.highered.nysed.gov, https://www.bls.gov/audience/students.htm or www.vault.com (accessible via the Hofstra Career Hub at http://hofstra.edu/careerhub). Additionally, The Hofstra Career Center provides students with complimentary copies of the American Association for Employment in Education’s Job Search Handbook which contains a wide array of resources including a supply and demand feature.
The Career Center helps students explore, prepare, connect and share. We do this by providing services that empower students to develop and pursue career-related goals and complete meaningful practical experiences. Additionally, we support the goals and initiatives of our employer and campus partners, as we view their work as parallel to our own.
We offer one-on-one counseling services, in-person and online workshops to groups (classes, student organizations, etc.), career fairs, creative connection and networking events to connect students to alumni and other professionals, field trips to companies, collaboration with departments and campus partners, and much more.
The Hofstra Career Center’s website contains an array of resources and information for students enrolled in an education program, and the Hofstra Career Hub (http://hofstra.edu/careerhub) connects students to resources to help them research and locate opportunities. Additionally, the site refers students to our Handshake System where both local and national employers post employment opportunities. Our website can also guide students to outside resources, such as the New York State Education Department, New York City Department of Education, the National Association of Independent Schools, and many more dedicated employment sites. At Hofstra, education majors find an excellent and dedicated faculty, outstanding career support services, and extensive electronic links to education career information and employment opportunities.