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Associate Professor Halliday, Adviser
This undergraduate major program is designed to prepare preservice physical education teachers to be scholarly, highly skilled, reflective practitioners able to meet the needs of students with a diversity of needs, experiences, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, and special abilities in all grades. The program focuses attention on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable the preservice teacher to develop and implement effective, innovative physical education programs that meet the New York State Learning Standards in schools. Successful completion of all program requirements will lead to the University’s recommendation for Initial Certification in physical education.
For provisional acceptance into the physical education major program, the following are required:
- Admission into Hofstra University.
- An interview with the program coordinator for advisement and scheduling.
Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements:
1. Total Semester Hours: 129
Successful completion of at least 129 semester hours and a cumulative grade point
average of 2.5 in work completed at Hofstra.
2. Liberal Arts Requirements
At least 63 semester hours must be in liberal arts.
3. Residence Requirements
There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 25 hours in the major field of specialization, including: PESP 103, 104, 155A, 155B, 130A, 130B, 138A, 170, 170A, and the last 30 hours. The 25 hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.
4. General Education Requirement - Total Semester Hours: 52
||WSC 001 & 002 , RHET 001
||MATH 008 or other statistics class as approved by the program coordinator
||PHI 010 , 014 , 020 or others as approved by the program coordinator
||PSY 001 , 153
||BIO 103 , 105
|Language Other Than English
||Completion of level 1 in a language other than English, or placement above level 1. (American Sign Language accepted.)
|Information Retrieval and Technology
|Liberal Arts Electives
||Successful completion of the University Writing Proficiency Exam
5. Physical Education Skills Courses - Total Semester Hours: 8
A. Required Skills Courses - Semester Hours: 3
B. Elective Skills - Total Semester Hours: 5
a. Sport skills: Select at least one course from each of the following categories (2.5 s.h.)
- Net and wall sports: PESP 003A , 033A , 036A or others as approved by the program direcor.
- Target sports: PESP 002A , 007A , 009A , 014A or others as approved by the program director.
- Outdoor/leisure pursuits: PESP 045 , 046 or others as approved by the program director.
- Striking/fielding sports and personal performance sports: PESP 027A , 034A , 039A or others as approved by the program director.
- Team passing sports: PESP 005A , 008A , 010A , 016 , 026A or others as approved by the program coordinator.
b. Additional elective courses (2.5 s.h.):
- Electives chosen from any of the sport skills categories above.
- Aquatics: PESP 031 , 042 , 143 (must meet prerequisites). Students completing PESP 042 and/or PESP 143 may substitute these classes for additional required activity credits at the discretion of the program director.
- Dance: PESP 111B and courses offered in the dance department as approved by the program director.
6. Physical Education Content Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 42
Admission to the Physical Education Pedagogy Sequence
Students who have declared physical education as their major must meet the following standards in order to be admitted to the physical education pedagogy sequence:
- Complete all required major activity couirses and at least six elective major activity courses with a grade of C- or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in activity courses.
- Complete the following courses with a grade of C- or better, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in physical education content courses.
Pedagogy Sequence Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 18
Coaching Internship Requirement
Students must complete an independent internship experience coaching a middle school or high school interscholastic team for at least one season (or other similar experience as approved by the program director). A letter from the school district verifying the student’s participation is required for completion of this requirement.
Students who have declared physical education as their major must meet the following standards in order to continue in the program:
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 or better in the following categories:
- all course work completed at Hofstra University
- required physical education content course work
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 or better in required physical education skill and pedagogy course work.
Student Teaching Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 9
To be admitted to student teaching, students must meet the following requirements:
- Meet all continuation requirements as outlined above;
- receive a grade of C- or better in RHET 001 ;
- complete FDED 111 or 127 ; CT 102 ; PESP 103 , 104 135 , 136 , 155A , 155B , 170 , 170A ; no Ds, Fs or unresolved incompletes in major courses;
- a minimum GPA of 2.75 in required physical education pedagogy courses.
The following student teaching courses are required:
Graduation from the program requires:
- Completion of criteria listed above;
- no grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in physical education skills, content, or pedagogy course work;
- a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better in overall course work and in physical education content course work;
- a minimum GPA of 2.75 in physical education skills and pedagogy course work;
- successful completion of all other degree requirements; and
- fulfillment of all Education Law seminars.
All requirements must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.
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 Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. There will be opportunities to attend a certification workshop during the student’s final semester, to receive all the necessary information regarding applying for certification. Individuals 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), childhood (Grades 1-6), adolescent (Grades 7-12) and special subject, students with disabilities, gifted, TESOL, bilingual, literacy, speech and language disabilities teachers, as well as school leadership candidates, are required to pass the New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc., For state certification requirements, students should consult with the Office of Educational Support Services regarding the appropriate examinations for their area of study.
We anticipate that teacher and school building leader candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014, will be required to take certain new exams. Candidates who graduate and apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014, but do not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, will also be required to pass the new exams. Candidates will not be permitted to mix and match examinations from the old and new tests. Please contact the Office of Educational Support Services at Hofstra University at 516-463-5747 or consult the state website.
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
- Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
New York state legislation also requires all persons seeking certification in special education, speech and language disabilities or school administrators working in special education, to have training in the area of children with autism.
Hofstra University offers the above listed educational law seminars through the Office of Educational Support Services. All of these seminars must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.
Forms for applying for certification can be found at the Office of Educational Support Services Web page under the certification tab.
Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000, the Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE), requires that applicants for teaching and administrative and pupil services personnel certification and perspective employees of covered schools (school districts, charter schools and BOCES) must undergo fingerprint supported criminal history background check. However, many school districts and institutions across the metropolitan New York area are now requiring that all student teachers, observers, interns or externs receive fingerprint clearance before they are placed in educational settings that are required for this degree program. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for fingerprint clearance upon acceptance to the program. Fingerprinting can be completed through Hofstra University using LIVESCAN technology, arranged by the Office of Educational Support Services each semester. You may contact us at 516-463-5747 or visit Hagedorn Hall, Room 129. You may also register online. Fingerprint clearance is also required for New York state certification.
* Counted in total credits as required liberal arts course. For admission to
student teaching, these courses should be used in the computation of grade point
average in the required physical education and skills category.
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