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2022-2023 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Elementary Education, MSEd

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Professor Libresco, Graduate Program Co-Director, 516-463-6543

The master’s program in elementary education is offered by the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology . This program leads toward the New York State Initial Certificate to teach Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). The program blends on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of elementary school settings, including high-needs schools, culminating in full-time student teaching. This program is registered with the New York State Education Department.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this Master of Science in Education program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology  is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria.  The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Students may consider applying even if they fail to meet one of the criteria listed below but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate. All individual cases will be reviewed by an Admissions Counselor before being referred to the graduate program for further review.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a liberal arts and sciences concentration.
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work or its equivalent (e.g., a 3.0 in a completed graduate program). We encourage you to submit all transcripts from your undergraduate work and any graduate work for consideration.
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on course work in the liberal arts and sciences.
  4. General Education Core prerequisites for teacher education programs (see below).
  5. A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  6. Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and graduate course work.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 39

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to remain in the program. Grades lower than a B- will not be counted toward the graduate degree but will be included in determining grade point average. Students may repeat courses as necessary to meet grade point average requirements, but additional credit is not earned for such courses.

Pedagogical Core Requirements - Semester Hours 30

Student Teaching Requirements – Semester Hours: 9

Field Experiences Before Student Teaching

Prospective teachers in the elementary education program complete a minimum of 110 clock (2 45-hour internships each in ELED 202L  and ELED 209L  plus 20 hours in SPED 264 ) as participant observers in designated schools prior to student teaching. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement. At least one placement in Grades 1-6 will be spent in a high-needs site recognized by the New York State Education Department. Students in SPED 264  will participate on-site with special-needs children in Grades 1-6. Field experiences before student teaching with children in Grades 1-3 and 4-6 are integrated with the following courses:


* courses with field experiences

Student Teaching Prerequisites

  1. Pedagogical Core Requirements and General Education core must be completed prior to student teaching.
  2. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Field Placement. Applications are due on May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for the succeeding fall semester.
  3. Students must have a cumulative minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in graduate course work.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all requirements for the MSEd in Elementary Education with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Completion of the 39 s.h. course requirements in the MSEd in Elementary Education program.
  3. Completion of all General education core in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 2.75 or above.
  4. A comprehensive portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.
  5. Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.
  6. All course work offered in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Upon successfully completing 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 during 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, 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 School of Education Dean’s Office or visit www.nystce.nesinc.com.

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
  6. Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention is 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 School of Education Dean’s Office. 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 now require that all student teachers, observers, interns, or externs receive fingerprint clearance before being placed in educational settings that are required for this degree program. Therefore, we recommend 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.hofstra.edu/Academics/colleges/soeahs/CESS/cess_requirements_fingerprints.html.

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