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

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), M.S.Ed.

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Associate Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5170.

Courses in this master of science in education program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification for teaching English as a second language (all grades). The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the National TESOL Standards and the requirements of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Admission Criteria

Applications for admission to a master of science in education program in the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership are made to the Graduate Admission Office. Students who do not fully meet admission requirements may be required to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with the completion of the master’s program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in all course work.
  2. A GPA of 2.75 or higher in liberal arts and sciences course work.
  3. Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
  4. Completion of General Education Core and Content requirements for teacher education programs (see below).
  5. Interview with the director of the TESOL Program.
  6. A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  7. 12 semester hours of foreign language study or demonstrated proficiency in a second language.

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

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 37

Students must maintain a 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.

Area One: Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 7

Area Five: Practicum/Student Teaching - Semester Hours: 3-6

Elective (Certified Students Only) - Semester Hours: 3

(With advisment.) Courses in foundations of education, teaching, literacy, and leadership, literacy development, special education are recommended.

Field Experience Prior to Student Teaching

A minimum of 100 clock hours of participation/observation is required 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. 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 schools are required in each of the following courses:

Student Teaching Prerequisites

Students will qualify for admission to practicum or student teaching (CT 268  or CT 269 ) after they have satisfied the following requirements:

1) Completion of CT 229  or LYST 208 ; ELED 225 ; SED 267 ; SPED 264 ; LYST 213A  with a grade of B or higher; and
2) A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.

Applications are obatinable in 243 Gallon Wing. Applications are due on October 1 for the succeeding spring semester and March 1 for the succeeding fall semester. *See note below regarding teacher certification examination.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfaction of all General Education Core and Content requirements.
  2. Completion of all course work for the Master of Science in Teaching of English as a Second Language with overall GPA of 3.0.
  3. Completion of the 37 s.h. course requirements in the M.S. in Education program with no fewer than 31 s.h. in residence.
  4. An electronic portfolio illustrating the student’s educational course work and professional accomplishments.
  5. All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.

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.


*Course required participation/observation in designated schools.

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