Mar 20, 2023
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Professor Whitton, Adviser
The degree program followed in the Bachelor of Arts. Courses in this program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification, mathematics, 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 Mathematics, Science and Technology and with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Prospective teachers of mathematics choose mathematics as a major within the liberal arts and sciences. After completing a minimum of 45 semester hours of college course work, the student then chooses Mathematics Education as a co-major. For admission policies, procedures, and program requirements, see Secondary Education, Undergraduate Programs.
The B.A. degree in Mathematics requires a minimum of 41 semester hours of course work in mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of course work chosen from the category of Natural Sciences in the Hofstra Distribution (see Distribution Courses program) are also required for prospective teachers of mathematics. The following courses (or comparable course work in the indicated areas) must be completed within the B.A. degree program in Mathematics:
Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 10
The co-major in Mathematics Education consists of a minimum of 31 semester hours
of professional education course work, including each of the following:
General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 6
Special Methods and Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 6
Student Teaching and Corequisite Seminars - 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 154 - 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 professional education course must
repeat the course and receive a grade of C or higher in order to remain in the
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 Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership. Admission criteria are as follows:
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on overall course work or permission of adviser
- No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work
- A GPA of 2.5 or higher in mathematics content courses.
Graduation from the program requires:
- Completion of all graduation requirements for the bachelor’s degree in the major
content area in which the certification will be sought;
- Completion of all course requirements for the co-major in the concentration area
within secondary education;
- No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 in overall course work
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major area in which the certification will be sought
- An electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and
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:
- 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
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.
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