Professor Zwirn, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-4976
This program leads to initial certification as a teacher in visual arts in all grades. The program is designed to provide students who have completed baccalaureate studies in fine arts and art history with course work and field experiences in fine arts education, resulting in effective public school teaching. This program blends on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. It conforms with New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and with recommendations for teacher preparation by the National Art Education Association.
Applications for admission to this Master of Science in Education program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology are made to the Graduate Admission Office. Admissions decisions are based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria. The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Students may consider applying even if they fail to meet one of the GPA or testing criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate.
- A completed application form to the master’s program.
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, at least one indicating conferral of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work.
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 on course work in fine arts and art history.
- Submission of scores on a nationally-normed graduate admission test.*
- A written personal statement describing the candidate’s goals in the teaching profession and in graduate studies.
- Completion of General Education Core prerequisites for teacher education programs (see below).
- Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate studies.
- A portfolio of arts works (or photographs thereof).
*Please consult with the director of the program to determine which test would be best suited to you. Examples of such tests include, but are not limited to, the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the GRE general test or the relevant GRE subject exam (if appropriate to your intended area of certification).
Students who do not meet the admissions requirements may be advised to complete prerequisite courses under a planned program before becoming eligible for admission. A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the MSEd may be completed prior to matriculation in the program.
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.
- Artistic Expression/Humanities (3 s.h.)
- Communication (3 s.h.)
- Information Retrieval or placement exam (0-3 s.h.)
- Concepts in History/Social Science (3 s.h.)
- Language other than English (3 s.h.)
- Scientific Processes (3 s.h.)
- Mathematical Processes (3 s.h.)
- Literature, Analysis and Written Expression (6 s.h.)
Course work for the general education core in the liberal arts and sciences must have a GPA of 2.75 or above with no grades below a C-.
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.
Fine Arts Content Requirements
Prospective teachers must satisfy fine arts content requirements to qualify for New York state initial certification in special-subject education, valid for teaching fine arts (grades PreK-12). Hofstra’s program in fine arts education requires students to submit transcripts documenting completion of a minimum of 48 s.h. of post-secondary course work, distributed as follows:
- Art history: 9 s.h.
Western art, 3-6 s.h.
non-Western art, 3-6 s.h.
- Design: 6 s.h.
two-dimensional design, 3 s.h.
three-dimensional design, 3 s.h.
- Fundamental artistic techniques: 18 s.h.
drawing, 3-6 s.h.
painting, 3-6 s.h.
sculpture or ceramics, 3-6 s.h.
computer graphics or multimedia, 3-6 s.h.
printing, photography, or graphic design, 3-6 s.h.
- Electives in fine arts or art history: 6 s.h.
- Specialization in an artistic technique: 9 s.h.
Candidates who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, but who have completed a significant number of the required fine arts content courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher, may apply for admission to the MSEd program. Upon matriculation to the program, students may continue to complete the required content courses while they are completing the requirements for the master’s degree. Graduate courses in fine arts and art history taken in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MSEd degree may also be used to fulfill fine arts content requirements. All content area requirements must be completed prior to the conferring of the master’s degree.
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 38
To register for courses other than SED 205, 264, or CT 213, students must be matriculated in the program or have written permission of the chairperson of Teaching, Learning and Technology or their academic adviser.
Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 29 s.h. in residence at Hofstra University. Student Teaching may be used to meet the 29 s.h. residence requirement. With the academic adviser’s approval, a maximum of 9 s.h. may be transferred into the program from accredited institutions; it is strongly recommended that students consult their adviser prior to enrolling in courses intended for transfer into the program.
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. Students may repeat courses to meet grade point average requirements.
The course of study in fine arts education consists of a minimum of 38 semester hours of course work as follows:
Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 10
Choose From: Semester Hours: 3
General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 4
Special Methods and Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 9
Elective Courses - Semester Hours: 6
Choose with advisement.
Recommended are courses in Fine Arts, Art History, Teacher Education Programs, Literacy Studies, Research, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. Especially recommended are the following courses:
Student Teaching and Corequisite Seminar - Semester Hours: 9
Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching
A minimum of 100 clock hours of participation/observation is required prior to
student teaching. Field experiences are integrated extensively into course curricula.
At least one placement (SED 264) will be spent in a site recognized by the New
York State Education Department as high-needs. 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 they
Participation/observation field experiences in designated schools are required
Student Teaching Prerequisites
To qualify for admission to Student Teaching (CT 227) or Supervised Teaching (CT 228), students must
- Complete CT 229, 298A, 298B; LYST 202; SED 200, 205, 264; and SPED 201/264.
- Maintain 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.
- Completion of General Education requirements for teacher education programs.
- Completion of fine arts content requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
- Completion of the 38 s.h. course requirements in the MSEd in Fine Arts Education program (with no fewer than 32 s.h. in-residence) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in graduate studies.
- An electronic portfolio illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.
- Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.
- All course work offered in satisfaction of fine arts education requirements must be 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., 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:
- 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 prospective 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.