Students select a major in one of the following areas of science: biology, chemistry, geology, or physics. Students interested in obtaining teaching certification in earth science should major in geology. During the second semester of the sophomore year (after completing a minimum of 45 semester hours of college course work), the student should apply for admission to the School of Education through the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology and choose Science Education as a co-major. For program admission policies, see Admission Requirements for Teacher Education Programs.
In addition to meeting all the course requirements for the BA degree in the selected science major (biology; chemistry geology; or physics), prospective teachers of science must include within their overall undergraduate program of study at least six (6) semester hours in each of the following areas: biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. In addition, all such majors must include at least three (3) semester hours of calculus-based mathematics and an additional three (3) semester hours of statistics or other advanced mathematics. Students who are preparing to teach earth science are required to take GEOL 007 in addition to their other major requirements.
Students who are preparing to teach biology should follow the secondary education study track as listed in the BA in Biology requirements.
The co-major in Science Education consists of at least 31 semester hours of education course work, including each of the following:
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.)
- Creative Participation (3 s.h.)
- Communication (3 s.h.; RHET 001 or 007)
- Information Retrieval or placement exam [0-3 s.h.; can be satisfied with a passing score on the Examination for Information Retrieval (EIR)]
- Historical/Social Science Concepts (6 s.h.; with a least 3 s.h. in history)
- Language other than English (0-3 s.h.; depending on placement)
- Scientific Processes (3 s.h.)
- Mathematical Processes (3 s.h.)
- Written Analysis and Expression (6 s.h.)
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.
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), 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.