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2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Business Education, B.B.A.

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Iverson, Education Adviser

The business education program, offered in conjunction with the Zarb School of Business and the School of Education, Health and Human Services, leads to New York State initial certification for classroom teachers of business education (all grades). Courses in the business education program are taken in combination with an appropriate business major. Literacy, multicultural education, and the information technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The degree program followed is the Bachelor of Business Administration. The business education program conforms with the New York State Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies.


Program Requirements

Prospective teachers of business education in secondary and middle-level schools (all grades) choose the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) as a degree program within the Zarb School of Business. They select a major field of specialization in one of the following areas: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Technology, International Business, Management or Marketing. After completing a minimum of 45 s.h. of college course work, the student then chooses Business Education as a co-major. For admission policies, procedures, and program requirements, see Secondary Education, Undergraduate Programs. Students in the B.B.A. program with a co-major in Business Education must satisfy all of the requirements for the B.B.A. degree as well as all education requirements. These include a General Education Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements, Professional Education course work, the specific liberal arts requirements for B.B.A. students, the Business Core, and course work within the major field of specialization.

General Education Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements - Minimum 24 s.h.

Areas to be included in partial fulfillment of the Hofstra Distribution and University requirements, as well as the New York State Education Department requirements:

Artistic Expression/Humanities - Semester Hours: 3

Any LT or AA course listed under the Humanities Division of the Hofstra Distribution.

Communication - Semester Hours: 3

Information Retrieval - Semester Hours: 0-3

Historical/Social Science Concepts - Semester Hours: 6

Language Other Than English - Semester Hours: 0-3

  • Completion of 3 s.h. in a language other than English, or 3 s.h. placement equivalency. Three semester hours of American Sign Language (ASL 191 ) will satisfy this requirement but does not provide liberal arts and sciences credit.


Scientific Processes - Semester Hours: 3-4

  • Any natural science course listed under the Natural Sciences Division of the Hofstra Distribution.


Mathematical Processes - Semester Hours: 3

  • Any MATH course listed under the Mathematics/Computer Science Division of the Hofstra Distribution.


Written Analysis and Expression - Semester Hours: 6

  • Semester Hours: 3-4
  • Semester Hours: 3
  • and a passing score on the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam. (Students transferring from other institutions must pass the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam.)

Note for transfer students:

Transfer students must plan their courses of study carefully with an academic adviser to assure that their programs will fulfill both the University and New York State Education Department requirements.


Professional Education Course Work - Semester Hours: 31

General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 6

Special Methods and Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 6

Student Teaching and Co-requisite Seminars - Semester Hours: 9

* Footnotes:

* Participation/observation in secondary school are required in each of the following courses: SED 102, 151, 158; LYST 101; SPED 102. See course description for additional information. 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.

See Also: Complete B.B.A. Requirements

The complete B.B.A. Requirements  in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

Student Teaching Prerequisites

After completing at least 19 semester hours of professional education course work, students may apply for admission to student teaching. Application forms may be obtained in the Office of Field Placement and are accepted by May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for the succeeding fall semester. 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 professional education course work;
  3. a GPA of 2.5 or higher in content courses.   

Graduation Requirements

Graduation from the program requires

  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 students education course work and professional accomplishments.

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 Office of Certification and Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. Students 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), elementary (Grades 1-6) and secondary (Grades 7-12), special subject teachers and educational leaders are required to pass the New York State Teachers Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by Pearson Education, for state certification requirements. Students should consult with the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services regarding the appropriate examinations for their area of study. Beginning in May 2013 graduating students will be required to pass new Performance Assessments and revised Content Specialty Tests.

It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) prior to student teaching, and the Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W) and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. Students not receiving passing scores on these examinations will not be eligible for certification.

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

New York state legislation also requires all persons seeking certification as special education teachers or school administrators working in special education to have training in the area of children with autism. All of these requirements must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.

Commercial Subjects

One degree program followed is the Bachelor of Business Administration. Students who wish to be certified in business subjects should consult the Zarb School of Business for selection of a major field for the B.B.A. and proper courses for meeting certification requirements. A 3 semester hour course in mathematics is required of all undergraduate students completing teacher education programs within the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership. It is recommended that prospective secondary education teachers of business subjects complete the following:

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