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

Secondary Special Education Generalist, MSEd


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Professor Lodato Wilson, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-5788

Program Philosophy, Goals and Objectives


The Secondary Special Education Generalist is a 31 s.h. program designed for individuals who wish to teach students with disabilities on the secondary level in a variety of settings including self-contained classrooms, resource rooms, or in inclusive programs as a consultant teacher or integrated co-teacher. On successful completion of the program, individuals will be recommended for New York state certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities, 7-12, Generalist. The program goal is to develop ethical scholar-practitioners who are committed to social justice and dedicated to reflective, participatory and collaborative teaching processes. Literacy, culturally responsive instruction, universal design for learning, technology and research-based practices are integrated throughout all aspects of the program with a focus on teaching students with special needs at the adolescent level.

The program reflects a clinically rich teacher-preparation approach and requires a variety of field-based experiences including 100 clock hours of field experience and a student teaching experience.

Admission Requirements


Applications for admission to this Master of Science in Education program in the Department of Specialized Programs in Education  are made to the Office of Graduate Admission. Admissions decisions are 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 major, concentration, or the equivalent, in one or more of the liberal arts and sciences.
  2. A completed application form for the master’s program.
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on undergraduate course work, or it’s 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.
  4. Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching of students with disabilities at the adolescent developmental level.
  5. Content Area requirements prerequisites for teacher education programs (see below).
  6. A written personal statement of professional intent.
  7. Interview with a faculty member in special education.

*Candidates with a Bachelor of Science or International degree will need to show sequential study in a liberal arts subject or interdisciplinary field of at least 30 semester hours that provides knowledge of breadth and depth in that subject or interdisciplinary field. 

Content Area Requirements


Students admitted to the Master of Science in Education in Secondary Special Education Generalist must complete course work from each of the content areas below, and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 with no grades below a C. All deficiencies must be completed as co-requisites prior to the conferral of the degree.

  1. Math, 6 s.h.
  2. Science, 6 s.h.
  3. English Language Arts, 6 s.h.
  4. Social Studies, 6 s.h.
  5. Language Other than English, 3 sh

Special Education Prerequisite


Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 31


Note


A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading to the master of science in education degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to remain in the program. Courses in which students receive grades below C- confer no credit toward the graduate degree but are included in determining grade point average.

Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching


Prospective teachers in all programs must complete a New York state-mandated minimum of 100 clock hours of fieldwork in designated schools prior to student practicum. Students in certain programs may exceed those minimum hours.

Student Teaching


Students will qualify for admission to Student Teaching SPED 237 , when they have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of 25 s.h. 5 semester hours of core.
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.

Admission by permission of the graduate program director and application to the Office of Field Placement and the Department of Specialized Programs in Education , due on May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for the succeeding fall semester. Application forms  are available in Hagedorn Hall, Room 230.

Students registered for SPED 237 will complete two student teaching experiences at the Middle School and High School level.

Graduation Requirements


  1. Completion of the content areas requirement with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  2. Completion of the special education prerequisite requirement (minimum C grade).
  3. Completion of 31 s.h. with no fewer than 21 in-residence.
  4. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work and all special education core courses.
  5. Passing grade on the comprehensive examination.
  6. Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.
  7. All course work taken 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.

Fingerprinting
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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