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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) With Specialization in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), MA

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Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Co-Director, 516-463-5170
Assistant Adjunct Professor Simons, Graduate Program Co-Director, 516-463-6468

This program with a specialization in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is designed for certified school teachers who seek the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to integrate the teaching of the STEM curriculum to all students, but especially to students of diverse language backgrounds. Technology is defined as information technology, the integration of skills that require the use of computer applications to enhance student learning of mathematics and science as well as design technology, which encompasses the study of the technological world that inventors, engineers and other innovators have created. Both educational technology and design technology are applied to the study of elementary science and mathematics to further the development of meaningful understanding in these areas. Integration of these areas occurs within a broader understanding of the way in which society both reflects and shapes curriculum and pedagogy in schools.

This program leads to New York state initial/professional teacher certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This program is intended for teachers who hold a New York state certification in an area other than TESOL. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experience in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time practicum. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the National TESOL Standards and the requirements of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

The program is designed to provide advanced study in curriculum for those currently holding New York state initial teacher certification. Graduate students who enter the program on a non-matriculated basis prior to making application for acceptance to the program are limited to a maximum of 12 semester hours of course work.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to this Master of Arts program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology  are made to the Graduate Admission Office. Admission is 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.

  1. New York state teaching certification in an area other than TESOL.
  2. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. An minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work.
  4. Submission of scores on a nationally-normed graduate admission test.*
  5. Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in the program.
  6. Interview with a program director.
  7. A written personal statement of professional intent or rationale.
  8. Twelve (12) s.h. of foreign language study or demonstrated proficiency in a second language.

*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).

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 38

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to remain 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, but the semester hours for a course are only awarded once, and both grades are factored into the overall grade point average.

STEM Component – Semester Hours: 23

Curriculum and Teaching Core STEM - Semester Hours: 3

Culminating Thesis Course and Field Consultation - Semester Hours: 8

TESOL Component - Semester Hours: 15

Linguistics - Semester Hours: 3

Society and Culture - Semester Hours: 3

Methodological Component - Semester Hours: 6

Practicum - Semester Hours: 3

Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching

A minimum of 50 clock-hours of participation/observation is required prior to practicum. 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 reside or in schools that they attended.

Participation/observation field experiences in designated schools are required in each of the following courses:


The practicum (CT 268 ) 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:

  • Successful completion of ELED 225  and SED 267 
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall course work.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all 38 s.h. course requirements for the Master of Arts TESOL/STEM with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Completion of the 38 s.h. course requirements in the Master of Arts TESOL/STEM with no fewer than 32 s.h. at Hofstra.
  3. Successful completion of the capstone project.
  4. Completion of all Educational Law Seminars.
  5. All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Upon successful completion of degree requirements, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. Contact the Office of Educational Support Services, 233 Hagedorn Hall, for information regarding any required Educational Law seminars* and other certification requirements. Forms for applying for certification can be found at the Office of Educational Support Services Web page under the certification tab.

*Please note, as of December 31, 2013, the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education now require a new six-hour seminar for Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention, required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

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.

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