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

Special Education, M.S.Ed. in Inclusive Secondary

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Associate Professor Lodato Wilson, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5788.

For students with no formal course work or teaching experience in secondary education or special education at the adolescent development level. 49 s.h. program. This dual graduate pre-service program leads toward the New York state initial certificate to teach adolescent education, grades 7-12 in social studies, mathematics, sciences, English or foreign languages, students with disabilities 7-12 generalist, and extensions in the content areas. The 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 with a focus on teaching students with special learning needs. The Master of Science in Education in Inclusive Secondary Special Education conforms with New York State Learning Standards in the various areas of secondary education certification.

Admission Requirements

Students may apply through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission to the M.S. in Education in Inclusive Secondary Special Education program in the Department of Special Education  is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a liberal arts and sciences concentration.
  2. A completed application form to the master’s program.
  3. Completion of liberal arts and science course work for teachers of students with disabilities 7-12 (SWD) programs. This requirement includes a minimum of 6 s.h. in each of the following subjects, mathematics, English, sciences and history/social sciences. Minimum 2.75 GPA required.
  4. Completion of a minimum 36 s.h. of course work in the content area in which certification is being sought.
  5. A minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  6. Two letters of recommendation of which at least one addresses the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching of students with disabilities.
  7. A written personal statement of professional intent.
  8. Interview with a faculty member in special education.
  9. SPED 201 - The Exceptional Child  or equivalent course (3 s.h.)

The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in a graduate program. Consequently, 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: 49

A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading to the master of science in education degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program.

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to remain in the program. Courses in which students receive grades below C- confer no credit toward the graduate degree but are included in determining grade point average.


To qualify for the New York State Annotation for Teaching Students with Severe or Multiple Disabilities students will be required to complete additional course work in SPED 248: Education of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, or SPED 249: Understanding Physical, Sensory and Health Disabilities as well as an additional field experience (SPED 238) for a minimum of 50 hours working with students with Severe or multiple disabilities. Students seeking the annotation must be matriculated in this program.

Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching

Prospective teachers in the Inclusive Secondary Special Education program complete a minimum of 100 clock hours as participant observers in designated schools prior to student teaching.

At least one placement will be spent in a site recognized by the New York State Education Department as high needs. Field experiences are integrated extensively into course curricula. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement and the Special Education Program Director.

Special Methods Courses

Special methods courses for specific content areas are as follows:

Student Teaching

Students will qualify for admission to Student Teaching, SPED 223G and 223S, when they have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of 37 s.h. of core course work, including all courses in Phase I, II and III.
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.

Admission by permission of the graduate program director and application to the Office of Field Placement and the Department of Special Education , due on May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for the succeeding fall semester. Application forms are available in Hagedorn Hall, Room 118.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of SWD liberal arts and sciences requirements with a minimum 2.75. GPA;
  2. Completion of content area requirements minimum 2.75 GPA;
  3. Completion of 49 semester hours with no fewer than 42 s.h. in residence;
  4. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in overall graduate course work and all special education core courses;
  5. Successful completion of SPED 310 - Critical Issues in Special Education Across the Life Span ; and
  6. 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:

  1. Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  2. Fire and Arson Prevention
  3. School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  4. Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse
  5. Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction
  6. 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.

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