Return to: School of Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor Iverson, Business Education Adviser, 516-463-7284
This program of study leads to New York State Initial Teacher Certification in business and marketing, K-12 , as well as an extension for a Work Based Learning Coordinator for Career Development. This program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, and information technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms to the New York State Learning Standards of Career Development and Occupational Studies, in addition to the Common Core State Standards.
Teachers who are pursuing an extension for a Work Based Learning Coordinator for Career Development certification must provide documentation to New York state of 600 clock hours of previous work experience outside of teaching. This experience might have been in high school, college, summer employment or in a previous career. This is the responsibility of the applicant. Hofstra University (or any institution providing the Work Based Learning preparation courses) does not have a role in this documentation.
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. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:
- A completed application form to the master’s program.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in each of two categories:
- Overall undergraduate course work,
- Course work in the content area in which certification will be sought,
- Completion of General Education Core prerequisites for teacher education programs.
- A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
- Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
- A Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree (See Business Content Requirements below.)
The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Consequently, candidates may wish to apply if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.
Required Course Work
General Education Core Requirements
In order to ensure that prospective teachers have a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, all students must have completed undergraduate course work from each of the content areas below.
1. Artistic Expression/Humanities, 3 s.h.
2. Communication, 3 s.h.
3. Information Retrieval, (0-3 s.h.; can be satisfied with passing score on exam)
4. Historical and Social Science Concepts, 3 s.h.
5. Language other than English, (0-3 s.h.; depending on placement)
6. Scientific Processes, 3 s.h.
7. Mathematical Processes, 3 s.h.
8. Written Analysis and Expression, 6 s.h.
Please note that programs may have general education requirements that exceed the minimum registered with the state. Degrees will not be conferred unless all general education core deficiencies have been met.
Business Content Requirements
Students admitted to the master of science in education program in business education should possess a bachelor of business administration (B.B.A.) degree with a major specialization in one of the following areas: accounting, information technology, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, or marketing. Business education majors must have completed specific studies in the following:
Economics, 6 s.h.
Ethics, 3 s.h.
Political Science, 3 s.h.
Business Core Requirements - Semester Hours: 36 (minimum)
Accounting, 3-6 s.h.
Legal Studies in Business, 3 s.h.
Business Policy, 3 s.h.
Computer Tools in Business, 3-4 s.h.
Economics, 3-6 s.h.
Finance, 3-6 s.h.
International Business, 3 s.h.
Management, 3-6 s.h.
Marketing, 3 s.h.
Quantitative Methods, 3-6 s.h.
If one or more of the above content areas are missing from any student’s transcript, those content areas must be completed prior to completion of the master of science in education degree. Of these 36 s.h., six may be taken at the graduate level and counted toward the master of science in education degree under the electives category.
Where academic subject matter deficiencies in the specific business major 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 28 s.h. of the master of science in education degree program in residence at Hofstra. No more than 9 s.h. may be transferred into the program. Student teaching may be used to meet the residency requirement.
A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the master of science in education degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program. To register for courses in the program other than SED 205, 264, or CT 227 a student must be matriculated in the program, or have written permission of the course instructor or departmental chairperson prior to the beginning of the course.
Program Requirements - Total 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 Business Education consists of a minimum of 37 semester hours of course work, including each of the following:
Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 9
Choose one course from the following:
General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 6
Choose one course from the following: 3 s.h.
Choose one course from the following: 3 s.h.
Special Methods and Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 7
Work-Based Learning Coordinator Courses - Semester Hours: 6
Student Teaching and Required Seminars - Semester Hours: 9
*Course requires participation/observation in designated schools.
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 each of the following courses:
Student Teaching Prerequisites
Students will qualify for admission to Student Teaching, SED 217, or Supervised Teaching, SED 218, when they have satisfied the following requirements:
- Completion of SED 200, 205, 213, 264, 296; LYST 209/215A/217A, and SPED 201/264.
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.
Application forms may be obtained 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 from the program requires:
- Completion of all General Education Core requirements.
- Completion of all business and special liberal arts requirements.
- Completion of the 37 s.h. course requirements in the M.S. in Education program
with no fewer than 28 s.h. in residence.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.
- An electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and
- 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 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.
Return to: School of Education