Special Assistant Professor of Special Education
Hagedorn Hall 160
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DegreesEDD, 2013, Hofstra Univ; MSED, 1981, Long Island Univ Brooklyn; BA, 1979, Fordham Univ
Stephen J. Hernandez has been a member of the faculty in the Special Education Department at Hofstra University since 2004. In addition, he has extensive experience as an adjunct professor at other area colleges, teaching courses in special education, disabilities, child development, psychology, and non-profit management.
Dr. Hernandez earned his B.A. from Fordham University, a M.S. in Education from Long Island University-Brooklyn College, a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and his Doctor of Education from Hofstra University.
In addition to Dr. Hernandez’s work in academia, he has worked for over thirty years serving individuals with special needs. He has held positions ranging in scope from direct care service provider to classroom instructor to various administrative capacities. Most recently as an administrator with the Brookville Center for Children’s Services at Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park, NY as well as at United Cerebral Palsy of Westchester in Purchase, NY.
Dr. Hernandez’s areas of research include collaborative teaming, interdisciplinary intervention and the management of children’s challenging behavior. His teaching interests include understanding emotional and behavioral disorders of children and youth as well as the assessment and diagnosis of young children with developmental delays and disabilities.
Dr. Hernandez is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association for the Education of the Young Child, The American Academy of Special Education Professionals, and The International Association of Special Education.
Dr. Hernandez also serves on several boards representing children with and without disabilities including the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children as a Statewide Member-At-Large.
Teaching InterestsSpecial Education
Research InterestsCollaborative Engagements amongst special education professionals. Assessment and support for children with challenging behavior.
Recent Courses Taught
|SPED 101||INCL:INF, TOD, PRE, & K-6 CHIL||Undergraduate|
|SPED 102||INCL:MEET SPEC NEEDS IN K-12||Undergraduate|
|SPED 201||THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD||Graduate|
|SPED 216||ASSMNT&DIAGNS:ERLY CHLD SP ED||Graduate|
|SPED 219C||SUPERVISED TEACHING||Graduate|
|SPED 219G||STUDENT TCHG INCLUSIVE/GEN ED||Graduate|
|SPED 219S||STU TCHG SELF-CONTAINED SPED||Graduate|
|SPED 241||IDENT & INTRVNT-EMTNL/BHVRL DS||Graduate|
|SPED 264||INCLUSION IN TODAY'S SCHOOLS||Graduate|
|SPED 293||LRNG, COG, &EMO/BEHV DISABILTS||Graduate|
|SPED 295||PRACTICUM IN SPCL EDUCATION||Graduate|