Sep 28, 2023
Associate Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5170, Tatiana.Gordon@hofstra.edu
Courses in this Master of Arts program lead toward a New York State teaching certificate extension for bilingual education. The program is designed for teachers who hold New York State certification in early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, special subjects, or career and technical education and wish to earn a certification extension for bilingual education. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in the school settings specific to the focus of the student’s base teaching certificate. Literacy education, multicultural education, and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the requirements of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and is registered with the New York State Education Department.
Applications for admission to the Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Bilingual Education Program in the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership are made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students who do not fully meet admission requirements may be required to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with completion of the master’s program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:
- New York State certification (initial or professional) in one of the following areas: early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, a special subject or career and technical education.
- An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in all course work.
- Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
- Interview with the director of the Bilingual Program.
- Demonstration of proficiency in English and another language or a proficiency examination satisfactory to the department and consistent with the New York State certification guidelines. Students who fail to achieve a satisfactory score on the language proficiency examination are retested after remediation and are required to achieve a satisfactory score prior to completion of the program.
The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Candidates may wish to apply even if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate.
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 31
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 Two: Linguistic Component - Semester Hours: 6
Area Three: Society and Culture - Semester Hours: 6
Area Four: Methodological Component - Semester Hours: 12
A minimum of 50 clock-hours of supervised field experience is required. Students are placed in the settings specific to the foci of their base teaching certificates. All field experiences are incorporated into the course curricula and supervised by the University faculty. 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.
Supervised field experiences in designated schools are required in each of the following courses:
- Completion of all course work for the Master of Arts program in Bilingual Education
with an overall GPA of 3.0.
- Completion of the 31 s.h. course requirements in the M.A. in Bilingual Education program
with no fewer than 25 s.h. in residence.
- An electronic portfolio illustrating the student’s education course work and
- All course work offered in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have
been completed within a five-year period.
*Course requires participation/observation in designated schools.
Teacher Certification Requirements
Upon successful completion of degree requirements, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. Contact the Office of Educational Support Services, 129 Hagedorn Hall, for information regarding any required Educational Law seminars* and other certification requirements. Forms for applying for certification can be found at the Office of Educational Support Services Web page under the certification tab.
*Please note, as of July 1, 2013, the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education now require a new six-hour seminar for Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention, required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/news/newsitem05162013.html.