Oct 04, 2023
The Department of Curriculum and Teaching strongly recommends emphasis on course
work dealing with multi-cultural issues and social contexts of education. In order
to ensure that prospective teachers have a broad education in the liberal arts
and sciences, all students in B.A. degree programs with co-majors in early childhood
education must complete course work from each of the content areas below. When
programs are planned carefully, these requirements may be satisfied while completing
the Hofstra Distribution. Specific courses and minimum credits required for prospective
teachers are indicated.
Whereas satisfaction of the Hofstra Distribution may require more credits in
the indicated areas than those stipulated below, the designated courses with the
following areas must be included in the B.A. degree program of the early childhood
and the elementary education major. Comparable course work must be completed by
New College and School of Communication students in each of the areas below.
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.
Student 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
Areas to be included in partial fulfillment of the Hofstra Distribution:
Artistic Expression/Humanities - Semester Hours: 3
Creative Participation - Semester Hours: 3
Communication - Semester Hours: 3
- a passing score on the Examination for Information Retrieval (EIR)
Historical/Social Science Concepts - Semester Hours: 6
- HIST course listed in the Social Sciences Division of the Hofstra Distribution or the equivalent particularly recommended.
Language Other Than English - Semester Hours: 0-12
Completion of level 4 competence in a language other than English, placement
above level 4, or completion of the special language option. American Sign Language, REHB 191 and 192, may be used to satisfy this requirement for New College students.
Scientific Processes - Semester Hours: 3
One of the Following Courses
Satisfy the Natural Sciences Distribution requirement by completing one of the
following laboratory sciences courses:
Mathematical Processes - Semester Hours: 3
Any MATH course listed under the Mathematics/Computer Science division of the
Written Analysis and Expression - Semester Hours: 6
A passing score on the Hofstra English Proficiency Examination (also required for transfer students).
Successful completion of the New College Writing Program is a requirement prior to admission to ELED courses for New College students.
Cross-Cultural Appreciation - Semester Hours: 3
Any course in the Cross-Cultural division of the Hofstra Distribution.
Transfer students must plan their courses of study carefully with an
academic adviser to asess that their progress will fulfill both the
University and the New York State Education Department requirements.
Pedagogy Core Requirements for Early Childhood Education
Core Requirements for the Early Childhood Education Program (Birth-Grade 2)
Satisfactory completion of 45 semester hours of college level course work and
admission to the Early Childhood Education Program.
Admission to Student Teaching
Student Teaching Prerequisites
Program Phases 1 and 2 must be completed prior to student teaching. Application
forms for student teaching are available in the Office of Field Placement and
are accepted by October 1 or March 1 for the succeeding semester. Admission criteria
are as follows:
- a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on overall course work;
- a GPA of 2.5 or higher in liberal arts and sciences course work;
- a grade of C- or higher in each ELED course completed and
- no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work.
Graduation Requirements for the Early Childhood Education Program
Graduation from an undergraduate early childhood education program requires:
- completion of all graduation requirements for the appropriate B.A. degree in
the liberal arts and sciences;
- completion of all course requirements for the co-major in early childhood education;
- the successful completion of at least 129 semester hours. (Military Science courses
may not be counted toward this total semester hour requirement.);
- completion of at least 93 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences course
work (FDED 111 and 127 may be counted toward this requirement);
- a minimum GPA of 2.75 in overall course work;
- a minimum GPA of 2.5 in liberal arts and sciences course work;
- an electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and
Teacher Certification Requirements
Upon successful completion of a teacher education program, students will be eligible
to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York State teachers’ Initial
Certificate. Students are required to pass each of the New York State Teacher
Certification Examinations: The Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment
of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS-W), and the Content Specialty Test (CST). Students
not receiving passing scores on all three examinations will not be eligible for
certification. Additional information pertaining to certification can be found
in the School of Education and Allied Human Services.
Note: It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and
Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
prior to student teaching, and the Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS-W)
and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. All three NYSTCEs
should be completed prior to graduation. Students not receiving passing scores
on all three examinations will not be eligible for initial certification.