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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Music Education, BSEd Major in

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Associate Professor Robinson, Adviser, 516-463-4514

This program leads to initial certification as a teacher of music in all grades in New York state. The aim of the program is to provide prospective teachers with comprehensive knowledge and skills in music which, together with fundamental courses in education will lead to effective public school teaching. The program conforms with the National Standards for Arts Education and the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts.

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 129

After completing SED 111  and receiving a passing score on the Piano Proficiency Examination, students may apply for admission to the School of Education  through the Department of Teacher Education Programs . This typically occurs during the student’s junior year. Click here  for admission policies and procedures.

The BSEd degree in music education requires the following:

1. The Successful Completion of 129 Semester Hours

The successful completion of 129 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better in all course work.

2. Liberal Arts

At least 65 semester hours must be in the liberal arts and sciences with no fewer than 30 semester hours outside the Department of Music .

3. Residence Requirements

There are two requirements that ordinarily must be completed in residence at Hofstra: 30 semester hours of course work in education, including student teaching; and the last 30 semester hours of course work taken. (Education courses need not be included within the last 30 semester hours.)

4. The Following General and Major Requirements

a) WSC

WSC 001 and 002 and a passing score on the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam (see University Degree Requirements), 6 s.h.

b) History

History – any HIST course listed under the Social Sciences Division of the Hofstra Distribution, 3 s.h.

c) Social Sciences

Social sciences – PSY 001  or 007  (prerequisite for CT 102 ).
Philosophy – any PHI course listed under the social science division of the Hofstra distribution  or FDED 127 .
PHI 014  is highly recommended.

d) Language other than English

Language other than English, 0-6 s.h.: completion of 6 s.h. in a college-level language other than English, or language placement equivalent to 6 s.h.

e) Scientific Processes

Scientific Processes–Any natural science course listed under the Natural Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science Division of the Hofstra distribution  , 3 s.h.

f) Communication

g) Artistic Expression

Artistic Expression–Any MUS course listed under Music in Hofstra’s offerings, 3 s.h.

h) Information Retrieval

Information Retrieval–CSC 005 , a passing score on the Examination for Information Retrieval (EIR), or comparable course work, 0-3 s.h.

i) Mathematical Processes

Mathematical Processes – Any MATH course listed under the Mathematics/Computer Science subdivision of the Hofstra Distribution , 3 s.h. MATH 030B  highly recommended.

j) Music Course Work

Performance Requirements: 12 s.h.

Students are Required to Take the Following:

Concert Attendance

Music  and Music Education majors are required to attend 10 concerts per semester for a total of eight semesters.  See Music  Department for advisement.

8 s.h. as advised in:


Students without previous keyboard experience should enroll in MUS 035A , 035B , 035C , during freshman and sophomore semesters. The Piano Proficiency Examination must be passed before applying for admission to the School of Education . Keyboard majors will take two semesters of Voice Class.


* Participation/observation in secondary school are required in each of the following courses:

Student Teaching Prerequisites

After completing at least 19 semester hours of professional education course work and an adviser audit of content area course work, students may apply for admission to student teaching. Application forms may be obtained in the Office of Field Placement. Admission criteria are as follows:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on overall course work or permission of adviser
  2. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work
  3. A GPA of 2.5 or higher in music content courses

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of criteria listed in 1-4 above.
  2. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work.
  3. An overall GPA of 2.75 or better in all course work.
  4. A GPA of 2.5 or better in music course work.
  5. An electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.
  6. Completion of all required Educational 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., including the Educating All Students Test (EAS), Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Content Specialty Test(s) (CST) and the edTPA. Prospective School Leaders will be required to take the appropriate leadership exams. For more information regarding state testing, please contact the Office of Educational Support Services at 516-463-5747 or visit www.nystce.nesinc.com.

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. Fingerprint clearance is also required for New York state certification. For information on how to register to be fingerprinted, visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/colleges/soeahs/CESS/cess_requirements_fingerprints.html.

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