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2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Foreign Language Education, M.S.Ed.


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Assistant Professor Masrour, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5653.

The course of study leads to New York state initial certification, valid for teaching languages other than English in grades 7-12. This program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time 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 Languages other than English and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages standards for oral proficiency. Individuals interested in extending their certification to include foreign language instruction in the elementary school, grades 1-6 should see FLES program.

Admission Requirements



Applications for admission to a master of science in education program in the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership are made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students who do not meet the full admission requirements must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the conferring of the master’s degree. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. A completed application form to the master’s program.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in each of two categories:
    1. Overall undergraduate course work;
    2. Course work in the language in which certification will be sought.
  3. Completion of General Education Core for teacher education programs.
  4. A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  5. Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.

The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Consequently, candidates are welcome to apply if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.

Foreign Language Content Requirements


Students admitted to the M.S. in Education program in Foreign Language Education should possess a bachelor’s degree in French, Spanish, German or Russian, or a minimum of 36 s.h. in college-level course work above level four in the respective language, distributed over the following areas:

    Culture and Civilization, 6 s.h.
    Conversation, 3 s.h.
    Grammar, 3 s.h.
    Composition, 3 s.h.
    Literature, 9 s.h.

Electives in the target language—additional course work in related areas (with advisement: advanced course work in the above areas or special topics such as phonetics, film or linguistics), 12 s.h.

If the candidate possesses an undergraduate degree in the target language but one or more of the above content areas were not included in the candidate’s undergraduate degree, those missing content areas must be completed prior to completion of the M.S. in Education degree. Of these 36 s.h., six may be taken at the graduate level and counted toward the M.S. in Education degree under the Electives category.

Candidates who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in the specific language, but who have succeeded in completing a majority of the required content courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher, may apply for admission to the M.S. in Education program. Upon matriculation in the program, candidates may continue to complete the required content courses while they are completing the requirements for a master’s program. Where academic subject matter deficiencies in the language are so great as to prevent completion of requisite work within the 37 s.h. master’s program, additional course work may be required. Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 31 s.h. in residence at Hofstra. No more than 6 s.h. may be transferred into the program. Student Teaching may be used to meet the 31 s.h. residency.

A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the M.S. in Education degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program. To register for courses in the program other than SED 205, 213, or 264 a student must 1) be matriculated in the program; or 2) have written permission of the course instructor or departmental chairperson prior to the beginning of the course.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 37



Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while in the program. Grades of D or lower will not be counted toward the graduate degree but will be included in determining the grade point average. 

The major in foreign language education consists of a minimum of 37 s.h. of course work, including each of the following:

Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 10


Choose From - Semester Hours: 3


General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 6


Special Methods and Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 6


Electives Supporting the Content Area of Certification - Semester Hours: 6


Choose with Advisement:

FDED, course work in the specific foreign language, CT, SPED, RES, ELED or LYST recommended, 6 s.h.

Student Teaching and Corequisite Seminars - Semester Hous: 9


Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching


At least one field placement must be in a district identified as high-needs by the New York State Education Department. All field experiences are incorporated into course curricula. Students enrolled in SPED 201/264 are placed in educational settings to work with students who have special- needs or disabilities. A minimum of 100 clock hours of participation/observation is required prior to student teaching. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement. Departmental policy is to place prospective teachers in districts other than those in which they currently reside or in schools that they attended.

Participation/observation field experiences in designated secondary schools are required in the following courses:

Student Teaching Prerequisites


Students will qualify for admission to SED 217, Student Teaching, or SED 218, Supervised Teaching, when they have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. Completion of SED 200, 205, 213, 264, 291; LYST 209, 215A, 217A; and SPED 201, 264.
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.
  3. A passing grade on the written and oral departmental proficiency examination. See individual departments for information. Exam is given twice a year.

Application forms are available from the Office of Field Placement. Applications are due on May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for the succeeding fall semester.

Graduation Requirements



  1. Completion of all General Education Core requirements.
  2. Completion of all foreign language content requirements.
  3. Completion of the 37 s.h. course requirement in the M.S. in Education program with no fewer than 31 s.h. in residence.
  4. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work. 
  5. An electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.
  6. All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.

Footnote:


Course requires participation/observation in designated schools.

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.

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