Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-5170
Courses in this program lead toward the following two New York state teaching initial certificates: Languages Other Than English (LOTE) in Grades 7-12 and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in Grades PreK-12. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities, and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program.
Applications for admission to this program are made at the Graduate Admission Office. Students who do not fully meet admission requirements may be required to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with completion of the program 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.
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative 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.
- 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.
- Completion of General Education Core prerequisites for teacher education programs (see below).
- Prior course work in a language in which foreign language education certification will be sought. (See Foreign Language Content Requirements below.)
- Personal statement describing the applicant’s intent and rationale for entering the program.
- Two (2) letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in the teacher education program course work.
- An interview with the coordinators of the program.
*Certified teachers who hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university are exempt from standardized testing.
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.
Foreign Language Content Requirements
Students admitted to the MSEd in Languages Other Than English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program should possess a bachelor’s degree in Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish, or a minimum of 36 s.h. in college-level course work above level four, in the respective language distributed over the following areas:
- Culture and civilization - minimum 6 s.h.
- Conversation - minimum 3 s.h.
- Grammar - minimum 3 s.h.
- Composition - minimum 3 s.h.
- Literature - minimum 9 s.h.
- Electives in the target language –minimum 12 s.h.
- Advanced course work in the above areas or special topics such as phonetics, grammar or linguistics (with advisement)
Candidates who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in a foreign language and are native speakers or skilled and proficient in languages other than English may demonstrate their knowledge in an alternative manner. Candidates can earn a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit toward the content core by passing both the oral (OPI) and written (WPT) proficiency portions of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) examination. To pass these two examinations, candidates must be placed in Advanced High or Superior in both the OPI* and the WPT*. As stated in the summary of the American Council on Education (ACE) for Official ACTFL Ratings, the levels Advanced High or Superior in OPI and WPT are worth the equivalent of 14 semester hours each. Please note that these two exams are proctored on campus by a program director in the content area.
In order to fulfill the 36 semester hours requirement in the target language, candidates must take an additional 8 credits on the undergraduate level in the content area above level 4 distributed over the following areas:
- Culture/Civilization – minimum 2-3 s.h.
- Grammar – 1-3 s.h.
- Literature – 1-3 s.h.
Students who wish to fulfill the credits mentioned above off campus must first seek approval from the director of program support in the School of Education of HCLAS .
*Candidates seeking certification in Chinese or Mandarin meet the content requirements by taking a combination of Mandarin/Chinese OPI and WPT ACTFL exams.
Program Requirements – Total Semester Hours: 40
General Studies Component – Total Semester Hours: 6
Language and Literacy Component – Total Semester Hours: 6
Foreign Language Education Component – Total Semester Hours: 7
TESOL Component – Total Semester Hours: 9
Student Teaching and Practicum – Total Semester Hours: 12
To be eligible to enroll in SED 217 or 218 students must place in Advanced Low or Higher in both OPI and WPT examinations in target Language Other Than English.
To be eligible to enroll in CT 268 or CT 268A and 268B , international students must demonstrate competence in oral and written English language skills by passing the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Written Proficiency Test (WPT). To pass these two examinations, students must be placed in Advanced Low or higher, as described in the 2012 Guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
A minimum of 150 clock hours of college supervised field experience is required.
- Successful completion of all course work for the MSEd in Languages Other Than English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program with an overall GPA of 3.0; no grades below B in required course.
- Completion of all Liberal Arts and Science general core requirements (see above).
- Completion of all Foreign Language Content Requirements (see above).
- Completion of 40 s.h. course work.
- A portfolio illustrating the student’s educational course work and professional accomplishments.
- Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.
- All course work taken in satisfaction of the certificate requirements must have been 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), 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.