Admission to the Program
Students wishing to enroll in the dual-degree program have two entry options:
1. Direct admission to the dual-degree program
Students entering Hofstra as incoming freshmen can apply for direct admission to this dual-degree program. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have an overall high school GPA of 3.5. Students admitted directly to the dual-degree program as incoming freshmen will be admitted automatically to the MS program at the end of their junior year provided that they fulfill the following requirements:
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 following completion of at least 90 s.h. of course work toward their BS degree in physical education and health.
2. Admission to the dual-degree program for current Hofstra students
Qualified Hofstra students majoring in physical education (BS) or qualified transfer students can apply for admission to the dual-degree program upon completion of the first semester of their junior year of undergraduate work. In order to qualify for admission to the dual-degree program, a student must attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. Students admitted to the dual-degree program should note that admission to the MS portion of the program requires the fulfillment of the following requirements:
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 at the time of application to the MS program.
Undergraduate students must apply and be accepted and/or transitioned into the graduate program before being allowed to take graduate courses as part of their undergraduate program. In addition, students must complete at least 90 s.h. toward their BS degree, with at least 30 s.h. completed in-residence at Hofstra, before being permitted to take graduate courses for the MS program in health and physical education.
Graduation with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and health requires:
- Completion of all undergraduate criteria above.
- No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education and physical education course work.
- An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all coursework.
Students not electing to continue into the MS program will NOT be eligible for certification for health or physical education.
Graduation with a Master of Science in health and physical education requires:
- Completion of all criteria above.
- An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all graduate course work.
- 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 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 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:
- 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 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.