Mar 01, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Physical Education and Health (BS) and Health and Physical Education (MS), Dual-degree Program

Associate Professor Halliday, Adviser, 516-463-5811

This dual-degree program is designed to prepare pre-service health and physical education teachers to be scholarly, highly skilled, reflective practitioners able to meet the needs of students with a diversity of needs, experiences, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, and special abilities in all grades. The program focuses attention on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable the preservice teacher to develop and implement effective, innovative health and physical education programs that meet the New York State Learning Standards in schools. Successful completion of all BS in physical education and health and MS in health and physical education program requirements will lead to the University’s recommendation for initial certification in both health and physical education.

This BS/MS program requires the successful completion of 155 semester hours with at least 30 semester hours at the graduate level.

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:

  1. 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:

  1. 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.

Program Requirements

Students admitted to this dual-degree program will receive a BS in physical education and health upon completion of the following requirements:

Total Semester Hours: 125 Minimum

Successful completion of at least 125 s .h. with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in work completed at Hofstra.

Liberal Arts Requirements

63 s.h. in liberal arts courses.

A. Communication Skills - Semester Hours: 9

B. History Elective - Semester Hours: 3

C. Multicultural Perspectives-Semester Hours: 3

D. Mathematics Elective - Semester Hours: 3

E. Philosophy Elective - Semester Hours: 3

F. Fine Arts-Semester Hours:3

G. Literature Elective - Semester Hours: 3

H. Social Sciences - Semester Hours: 7

I. Natural Sciences - Semester Hours: 11

J. World Language-Semester Hours: 0-3

Placement at level 2 or above (American Sign Language accepted for language requirement but does not count toward liberal arts credit)

K. Foundations of Education-Semester Hours:3

L. Liberal Arts Electives - Semester Hours: 12-15

Residence Requirement

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: (a) 15 s.h. in the major field of specialization; and (b) the last 30 s.h. The 15 s.h. in the major need not be included within the last 30 s.h.

Major Requirements:

B. Physical Activity Courses - Semester Hours: 8

Required courses include:

C. Education - Semester Hours: 7

Required courses include:

D. Health Education - Semester Hours: 13

Required courses include:

Proof of Certification

Proof of current certification in ARC Responding to Emergencies First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or comparable certifications.

Writing Proficiency Exam

Successful completion of the University Writing Proficiency Exam.

Graduate Degree

Students admitted to this dual-degree program will receive a MS in health and physical education upon completion of the following requirements:

A. Health Education Core - Semester Hours: 18

Required courses include

  • HED 202-Analysis of Curricula and Implementation of School Health Programs Semester Hours: 3
  • HED 210 - Mental Health Issues for Health Educators Semester Hours: 3
  • HED 211 - Human Sexuality and Family Life Education Semester Hours: 3
  • HED 215 - Media Literacy and Consumer Health Semester Hours: 3
  • HED 221 - Health and the Elementary Child/Implementing Health Curricula (K-5) Semester Hours: 3
  • HED 222 - Implementing Health Education Curricula, Grades 6-12 Semester Hours: 3

(See the current Graduate Studies Bulletin for course descriptions)

B. Physical Education Student Teaching - Semester Hours: 6

Required courses include:

  • MSPE 272A - Student Teaching Semester Hours: 3
  • MSPE 272B - Student Teaching Semester Hours: 3

See the current Graduate Studies Bulletin for course descriptions.

C. Health Education Student Teaching - Semester Hours: 3

Required courses include:

  • HED 272A - Student Teaching in Health Education: Elementary Semester Hours: 1.5
  • HED 272B - Student Teaching in Health Education: Secondary Semester Hours: 1.5

See the current Graduate Studies Bulletin for course descriptions.

D. Health Education Capstone

  • HED 300 - Capstone Seminar in Health Education Semester Hours: 3

See the current Graduate Studies Bulletin for course descriptions.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and health requires:

  1. Completion of all undergraduate criteria above.
  2. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education and physical education course work.
  3. 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:

  1. Completion of all criteria above.
  2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all graduate course work.
  3. 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

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