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2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Dance Education, BSEd Major in

Associate Professor, Rachel List, 516-463-5661

This undergraduate major program is designed to prepare prospective dance teachers to be highly skilled and creative dancers and choreographers, as well as scholarly, reflective educators, able to meet the varied needs of students of all grades. This program focuses attention on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable the pre-service teacher to develop and implement effective, innovative dance education programs that meet the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. Students who successfully complete the program and pass all New York State certification requirements will qualify for New York State initial teaching certification.

Program Requirements

During the second semester of the sophomore year (after completing a minimum of 45 semester hours of college work) students may apply for admission to the School of Education through the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology . An interview will be required. For program admission policies, see Admission Requirements for Teacher Education Programs .

Semester Hours: 124 and GPA Requirement

The successful completion of at least 124 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better in all course work, and a GPA of 2.5 or better in dance course work.

Liberal Arts - Semester Hours: Minimum 63

At least 63 semester hours in liberal arts with no fewer than 30 s.h. outside the Department of Drama and Dance .

Residence Requirement

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 hours of course work taken.  (Education courses need not be included within the last 30 hours.)

The following general and major requirements:

WSC 001 and 002 and Writing Proficiency Exam

WSC 001 and 002 and a passing score on the Writing Proficiency Exam. (See University Degree Requirements ), 6 s.h.

Literature course and RHET 001

Any literature course offered for distribution credit, 3 s.h., and RHET 001 , 3 s.h.


History–any HIST course offered for distribution credit, 3 s.h.

Social Sciences

Social Sciences–any social science course offered for distribution credit, 3 s.h. 

Natural Science


Mathematics–any MATH course offered for distribution credit, 3 s.h.

Information Retrieval - 0-3 s.h.

Language Other Than English

Language other than English–Completion of 3 s.h. of a language other than English, or language placement equivalent to 3 s.h. Three s.h. of American Sign Language  (REHB 191) will satisfy this requirement but does not provide liberal arts and sciences credit. 

Dance and Related Course Work - Semester Hours: minimum of 56.5

Professional Education course work - Semester Hours: 30 (with advisement)

Students receiving a grade lower than C- in a professional education course must repeat the course and receive a grade of C or higher in order to remain in the program.


*Twenty clock hours of participation/observation in elementary and secondary schools are required in each of the following courses:

Students receiving a grade lower than C- in a professional education course must repeat the course and receive a grade of C or higher in order to remain in the program.

Free Electives

Students may need additional free electives in order to complete:

  • At least 30 s.h. in the liberal arts outside the Department of Drama and Dance .
  • A minimum total of 124 s.h. for the degree.


Participation in MOVOM (Departmental Modern Dance Club) and T’DAA (Teaching Dance as Art: Dance Education Club) are highly recommended.

Student Teaching Requirements

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 Office of Field Placement. Placement criteria are as follows:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on overall course work or permission of adviser.
  2. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work.
  3. A GPA of 2.5 or higher in dance content courses.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all criteria listed above under Program Requirements.
  2. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work.
  3. An overall GPA of 2.75 or better in all course work.
  4. A GPA of 2.5 or better in dance course work.
  5. Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.

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 School of Education Dean’s Office 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), Content Specialty Test(s) (CST) and the edTPA. Prospective School Leaders will be required to take the appropriate leadership exams. For more information regarding state testing, please contact the School of Education at 516-463-5747 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 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 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.hofstra.edu/Academics/colleges/soeahs/CESS/cess_requirements_fingerprints.html.