Assistant Professor Phillips, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-4314
This program is designed to prepare individuals without previous professional education to meet New York state initial teacher certification in grades preschool through 12 physical education. This is a comprehensive program providing course work and field experiences across a variety of school settings. Graduates from this program are eligible for professional certification after two years of successful teaching experience and an approved mentoring relationship as described by the New York State Education Department Regulations.
Program Philosophy, Goals and Objectives
The mission of the Master of Science in Physical Education is to prepare scholarly and innovative practitioners specializing in preschool through the secondary level physical education. Attention is focused on the development and implementation of physical activity content through theory and field-based experiences. Individuals are provided with the means and understandings necessary to effectively teach basic movement, motor, rhythm, and sport skills for increased physical activity. Lectures and course work promote an understanding of teaching and learning philosophies, implementation strategies, and the means used to assess lesson outcomes for different populations of students, including those living in low economic situations and having disabilities or special-needs. Importance is also placed in theories and learning experiences that promote cooperation, respect for diversity, and social responsibility within the school environment and local community. Technological applications for teaching and learning are applied throughout the program.
Applications for admission to this Master of Science program in the Department of Specialized Programs in Education 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 bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on undergraduate course work.
- Submission of scores on a nationally-normed graduate admission test.*
- Completion of General Education Core prerequisites for teacher education programs (see below).
- Two (2) letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate work.
- A brief typed statement indicating the applicant’s interest in the program, and identifying any previous physical education teaching experience or sport involvement.
- Interview with the graduate program director.
*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).
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.)
- Research Methods, Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation, Epidemiology (3 s.h.)
- Human Development (3 s.h.)
- Foundations of Education (3 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.
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 36-39
Successful completion of a total of 30 semester hours of physical education content course work, as follows: (15 credits of this content is satisfied in the MS degree program requirements, listed below.)
- MSPE 248 - Contemporary Dance, Rhythms, and Educational Gymnastics , 3 s.h.
- Team Sports, Individual Sports, Leisure or Outdoor Sports, Fitness Activity, 3 s.h.
- Motor Learning/Motor Development or equivalent, 3 s.h.
- Exercise Physiology or equivalent, 3 s.h.
- Kinesiology or equivalent, 3 s.h.
- One course in Human Development (PreK-12) and one course in Foundations of Education.
- One course in Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation, Research Methods, Epidemiology, or another equivalent course (statistics may also meet mathematics requirement).
- Completion of a certificate in first aid and CPR.
- Completion of 36 to 39 s.h. of the Master of Science degree program.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average while taking the graduate level course work or be placed on probationary status for one semester while completing the following courses:
Content Core Courses - Semester Hours: 15
Pedagogical Core - Semester Hours: 18
Major Field Requirement - Semester Hours: 3-6
Field Experiences Prior to Student Training
A total of 100 hours of field assignments are required for Teacher Certification
by the New York State Education Department before student teaching. The following
courses include field assignments involving observation and interaction with students
in preschool through grade 12:
Student Teaching and Supervised Teaching Prerequisites
To qualify for admission to Student Teaching (MSPE 272A, 272B) student must complete all content and pedagogical core course work and all pre/corequisite physical education content course work, human development, foundations of education, and statistics or other research methods course. Students may not register for more than 9 s.h. total during their student teaching semester.
To qualify for Supervised Teaching (MSPE 273, MSPE 274) students must complete all content and pedagogical course work and all pre/corequisite physical education content course work, human development, foundations of education, and statistics or other research methods course. Students may not register for more than 9 s.h. total during their supervised teaching semester.
All individuals must successfully complete New York State Teacher Certification required workshops or courses. These can be taken during MSPE 272A, 272B, or during MSPE 273 or MSPE 274. Additional opportunities to complete the required workshops are available through the Office of Field Placement.
Application forms for Student Teaching and Supervised Teaching (MSPE 272A, 272B and MSPE 273, 274) may be obtained from the Office of Field Placement. Applications must be submitted by May 1 for admission to student teaching in the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for admission to student teaching in the succeeding fall semester.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while in the program.
Students receiving a grade lower than C- in a content core course or pedagogical
core course must repeat the course and receive a grade of B or higher in order
to remain in the program. Grades below C- will not be counted toward the graduate
degree but will be included in determining the grade point average.
Up to 9 credits of comparable courses from other accredited institutions may
be transferred to Hofstra University to meet content, pedagogical, and field requirements.
- Successful completion of the General Education Core in the liberal arts and sciences.
- Completion of all content and pedagogical core courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
- Completion of MSPE 272A and MSPE 272B or MSPE 273 , or MSPE 274 .
- Satisfactory completion of an electronic portfolio, identifying samples of exemplary work that reflect the individual’s ability to plan and implement dynamic physical education programs for a wide range of populations and age levels.
- 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:
- 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.