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2013-2014 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2013-2014 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Physical Education, M.A.

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For more information, please contact the Health Studies and Kinesiology Department at 516-463-5883.

The master of arts in physical education is designed to provide professional certification for teachers who possess New York state initial/provisional certification in physical education. The 31-semester hour program is designed with a content-pedagogy linkage to liberal arts and sciences, and two specializations options:

  1. Adventure Education
  2. Strength and Conditioning

The program supports and reflects the New York State Learning Standards for Health, Physical Education, and Home Economics, and is aligned with NASPE Advanced Standards for graduate degree programs in physical education, and with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS, 1999).

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the master of arts (M.A.) in physical education program is made to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. Baccalaureate degree in physical education.
  2. Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75. Students with less than a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average may be admitted with additional requirements upon the recommendation of the program adviser. The probationary period will consist of no less than 12 semester hours during which the student will be required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Additional requirements may include the GRE and other additional remedial course work. This will be established at the time of the interview.
  3. New York state initial teacher certification
  4. Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching and physical activity professions and in graduate work.
  5. A brief statement indicating the applicant’s interest in the program and describing professional intent.
  6. An interview with the graduate program director or departmental adviser.

The faculty of the Department of Health Studies and Kinesiology recognizes that any single criterion may not reliably predict a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Candidates are welcome to apply if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 31

This program is designed to provide advanced study for teachers interested in developing their pedagogical content knowledge and instructional leadership capacities for curricular change and program improvement.  The 12 s.h. content-pedagogy linkage provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to prepare teachers for leadership roles in school settings. It is ideal for teachers and coaches interested in enhancing student learning and developing supervisory knowledge and experience.

Area of Specialization - Select One From Below: Semester Hours: 12

Transfer Credits/Residency Requirement

Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of the M.A. program in-residence at Hofstra.  No more than 12 s.h. may be transferred into the program.  A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the M.A. degree may be completed prior to matriculation into the program.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation from the master of arts program requires:

•    Completion of the 31 s.h. course requirements with no fewer than 24 s.h. in-residence
•    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall course work
•    Satisfactory completion of a department approved capstone project
•    All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period
•    Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars

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.

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