M.S. in Ed. Dual (Early Childhood & Childhood Ed.)
The Master’s dual certificate program in Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education is offered by the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership. It is designed to prepare qualified graduate students as teachers in the areas of Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education. All students in the program are engaged in observation and field work in a variety of early childhood and elementary school settings throughout the area. This Master’s program leads to certification (Birth-Grade 2; Grades 1-6) by the New York State Education Department upon the recommendation of the School of Education, Health and Human Services. Graduate students who enter upon programs of study on nonmatriculated bases are limited to a maximum of 12 semester hours of course work.
Liberal arts and sciences education prerequisites required by the New York State Education Department must be completed prior to conferral of the degree.
Admission to the master of science in education degree program in the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria including the following:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a liberal arts and sciences concentration.
- An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher on all course work.
- A GPA of 2.75 or higher in liberal arts and sciences course work. Applicants’ with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.75 may be accepted provisionally, subject to special conditions.
- Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession.
- A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
- An interview with the program director.
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 criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate.
For more information on program requirements and for the most up-to-date information, please visit the Hofstra Bulletin.
For more information about the program, please contact:
Dr. Doris Fromberg
Early Childhood Graduate Programs Director
Professor of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership