Jun 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin

Social Studies Education, BA Major in

Professor Singer, Adviser, 516-463-5853

The degree program followed in the Bachelor of Arts. Courses in this program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification in social studies, grades 7-12. Secondary education programs are designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, and information technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the New York State Learning Standards in Social Studies and with the recommendations for teacher preparation of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Program Requirements

Students choose a major in history or one of the social sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, or Sociology) within the liberal arts and sciences. During the second semester of the sophomore year (after completing a minimum of 45 semester hours of college coursework), the student should apply for admission to the School of Education through the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology  and choose Social Studies Education as a co-major. For program admission policies, see Admission Requirements for Teacher Education Programs .

Prospective teachers of social studies must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in history and social studies courses with at least 21 semester hours in history and geography. The Hofstra University program requires a distribution of history and social studies courses in specific subject areas as follows:

c) Additional Coursework

Additional coursework (under advisement) that demonstrates competency in non-Western (African, Asian, Latin American, or Russian) History and the following social sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology. These requirements can be satisfied through the following:

  • 6 s.h. in non-Western (African, Asian, Latin American, or Russian) history (including either HIST 102  or 103 );
  • 3 s.h. in Economics
  • 3 s.h. in Geography
  • 3 s.h. in Political Science

Anthropology - Semester Hours: 3

or an equivalent under advisement

Sociology - Semester Hours: 3

or an equivalent under advisement

Secondary Education Program - Semester Hours: 31

The co-major in Social Studies Education consists of a minimum of 31 semester hours of professional education course work, including the following:

General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 6

Special Methods and Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 7

Student Teaching and Corequisite Seminar – Semester Hours: 9


Participation/observation in middle and secondary schools are required in each of the following courses:

  • SED 102  – Field Placement – grades 7-9
  • SED 151  – Field Placement – grades 7-12
  • SED 156L  – Field Placement – grades 10-12
  • SPED 102  – Field Placement – grades 7-12
  • LYST 101  – Field Placement – grades 7-12

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

Student Teaching Prerequisites

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. Admission 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 required social studies or professional education course work .
  3. A GPA of 2.5 or higher in social studies content courses


Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all graduation requirements for the bachelor’s degree in the major content area in which the certification will be sought.
  2. Completion of all course requirements for the co-major in the concentration area within secondary education.
  3. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work.
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in overall course work.
  5. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major area in which the certification will be sought.
  6. An electronic portfolio illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.
  7. Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.

General Education Core Requirements

NY State Requirement Recommended courses that fulfill both the NY State Requirements and Hofstra’s BA Degree Requirements Semester Hours
Written Analysis & Expression WSC 001  and WSC 002   6
World Language Completion of 3 s.h. in a language other than English, or placement at level 2 or above 3
Artistic Expression/Humanities Any AA distribution course   3
Communication Skills RHET 001  or 007   3
Mathematical Processes Any MA distribution course   3
Scientific Processes Any NS distribution course    3
Information Retrieval  Any  CS distribution course   or LIBR 001 , or satisfactory completion of Information Retrieval Exam (EIR) 0-3
Concepts in Historical & Social Sciences Any HIST course  in the HP distribution and any BH distribution course 6

Complete BA Requirements

BA Requirements  in HCLAS.

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:

  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.