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2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Fine Arts and Music Education, Adv. Cert.


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Associate Professor Bell, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-5495
Associate Professor Robinson, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-4514
Professor Zwirn, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-4976

The advanced certificate in fine arts and music education (all grades), is a 26 s.h. certificate program leading to initial New York state certification for elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers. This program is intended for individuals who hold a master’s degree or higher. Students are required to have a major or equivalent (a minimum of 40 s.h. for music and a minimum of 48 s.h. for fine arts) in an appropriate content area (or related area) during either their undergraduate or graduate study.

In subsequent paragraphs the standard requirements and options are outlined. Substitutions will be permitted with advisement where, in the light of the student’s background and academic preparation, other courses are seen by the department to be appropriate.

Applications for admission to this advanced certificate program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology  are made to the Office of Graduate Admission. Students who have not met the full admission requirements may be advised to complete prerequisite courses under a planned program before becoming eligible for acceptance.

On average, students complete this program in two and one-half academic years.

Admission Requirements


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. All individual cases will be reviewed by an Admissions Counselor before being referred to the graduate program for further review.

  1. A completed application form to the program.
  2. A bachelor’s degree with a major (or equivalent) in the content area in which certification will be sought and a master’s degree or an equivalent advanced degree in the content area where certification is being sought.
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work, or its equivalent (e.g., a 3.0 in a completed graduate program). We encourage you to submit all transcripts from your undergraduate work and any graduate work for consideration.
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on course work in the liberal arts and sciences.
  5. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on course work in the content area in which certification is being sought.
  6. Submission of scores on a nationally-normed graduate admission test (GRE or Praxis). Recent SAT/ACT exams may be accepted if verifiable by the test provider.
  7. A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  8. Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
  9. An interview, audition, and/or portfolio.

*Certified teachers who hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university are exempt from standardized testing.

Before completion of the first 12 credits of the program, it is recommended that students complete the liberal arts component of the teacher certification examinations.

A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be transferred into programs with the permission of the program graduate director.

General Education Prerequisites



  • Three semester hours introductory psychology or equivalent.
  • Meet requirements of General Education Liberal Arts and Sciences core for initial certification.
  • Appropriate content area specialization.

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.

  1. Artistic Expression/Humanities (3 s.h.)
  2. Communication (3 s.h.)
  3. Information Retrieval or placement exam (0-3 s.h.)
  4. Concepts in History/Social Science (3 s.h.)
  5. Language other than English (3 s.h.)
  6. Scientific Processes (3 s.h.)
  7. Mathematical Processes (3 s.h.)
  8. 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.

Content Area Requirements in Area of Specialization:



Fine Arts Education

Requires 48 s.h. in college-level fine arts course work including Western and non-Western art history, two and three dimensional design, artistic techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture or ceramics, computer graphics or multimedia, printmaking, photography or graphic design or equivalents or established competency in the field.

Music Education
40 s.h. in college-level music course work including music theory, music history and literature, applied music, conducting, secondary applied, and performance or equivalents or established competency in the field.

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 certificate but will be included in determining the grade point average.

Fine Arts Education Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 26


Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 7


General Methods Course - Semester Hours: 3


Special Methods and Literacy Courses - Semester Hours: 7


Student Teaching and Corequisite Seminar - Semester Hours: 9


Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching for Fine Arts


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. Departmental policy is to place prospective teachers in districts other than those in which they currently reside or in schools that they attended.

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

Student Teaching Prerequisites


To qualify for admission to Student Teaching (CT 227) or Supervised Teaching (CT 228), students must:

  1. Complete CT 229, 298A, 298B; SED 200, 264; and SPED 201/264;
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.

Applications are obtainable from the Office of Field Placement and are due on May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for the succeeding fall semester.


Music Education Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 26


Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 7 s.h.


General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 3


Special Methods and Literacy Courses - Semester Hours: 7


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. Departmental policy is to place prospective teachers in districts other than those in which they currently reside or in schools that they attended.

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

Student Teaching Prerequisites


To qualify for admission to Student Teaching (CT 227) or Supervised Teaching (CT 228), students must:

  1. Complete CT 229, 299A, 299B; SED 200, 264;  and SPED 201/264;
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall graduate course work.

Applications are obtainable from the Office of Field Placement and are due on May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 for the succeeding fall semester.


Graduation Requirements


  1. Completion of all General Education Core prerequisites.
  2. Completion of program requirements.
  3. Completion of all content area and special liberal arts requirements.
  4. Completion of the 26 s.h. course requirement in the certification program.
  5. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.
  6. An electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.
  7. Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.
  8. All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.

Footnote*


Course requires participation/observation in designated schools.

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:

  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.

Fingerprinting
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.

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