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

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI), Adv. Cert.

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Associate Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-5170

Courses in this program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification for teaching English as a Second Language at the preschool, elementary, middle or secondary levels. The program is intended for teachers who are enrolled in the Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI); hold a bachelor’s, master’s or higher degree in education; hold New York state certification in an area other than TESOL and are employed as ESL teachers.

On average, students complete this program in one academic year.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the Advanced Certificate, TESOL: ITI program in the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership  is 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 certification program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. Possession of a bachelor’s, master’s or higher degree in education.
  2. New York state certification in an area other than TESOL (provisional, permanent, initial or professional.)
  3. Employment as an ESL teacher.
  4. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher for applicants with a baccalaureate degrees or 3.0 or higher for applicants with master’s degrees in all prior course work. Additionally, applicants are required to have a  GPA of 2.75 or above in liberal arts course work.
  5. Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in the program course work.
  6. A written personal statement of professional intent or rationale.
  7. 12 semester hours of foreign language study or demonstrated proficiency in a second language.
  8. Students who hold provisional or permanent certification in contents other than TESOL must also satisfy General Education and content core prerequisites

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: 15

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. Students must earn a B or higher in all courses in the program.

Area One: Language and Culture Component – Semester Hours: 6

Area Two: Methodological Component – Semester Hours: 6

Area Three: Practicum – Semester Hours: 3

Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching

A minimum of 50 clock hours of participation/observation is required prior to practicum. One placement may be in the district in which the student is employed. At least one field placement must be in a district identified as high needs by New York State Education Department. All field experiences are incorporated into the course curricula. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement. Department policy is to place prospective teachers in districts other than those in which they currently reside or in schools that they attend or have attended.


The field work course (CT 218 ) involves 20 days of college-supervised teaching practiced by teacher candidates in the elementary and secondary level ESL classrooms. Students will qualify for admission to practicum after they have satisfied the following requirements: (1) completion of ELED 225 and SED 267, with a B or higher grade, and (2) a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall course work. Applications are obtainable in the Office of Field Placement in Hagedorn Hall. Applications are obtainable from the Office of Field Placement and are due on May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for the succeeding fall semester. *See note below regarding the teacher certification examination.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfaction of all outstanding General Education Core and Content prerequisites by those who hold provisional or permanent certification.
  2. Completion of all course work for the certification program with an overall GPA of 3.0; no grades below B required in courses;
  3. Completion of the 15 s.h. course requirements in the certification program with no fewer than 12 s.h. in residence;
  4. Completion of a portfolio illustrating the student’s educational and professional accomplishments. All course work taken in satisfaction of the certification program requirements must have been completed within a three-year period.
  5. Completion of all Education Law seminars.

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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