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Seminars - Hofstra Students

The following five Educational Law Seminars are available to be completed online:
SOE 001A - Fire and Arson Prevention
SOE 002A - Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
SOE 003A - School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE)
SOE 004A - Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Abuse (Substance Abuse)
SOE 005A - The Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction

The following Educational Law Seminar is offered in-person only:
SOE 006A - Harassment/Bullying Seminar (as required under the Dignity for All Students Act – DASA)

Frequently Asked Questions about the Educational Law Seminars:

"How do I register for the Educational Law Seminars?"
Go to www.hofstra.edu
Click on "My Hofstra"
Login using your username and password
Click on "Student Services"
"Look up classes to add"
Select the term you are registering for
"Submit"
Under Subject, go to "School of Education – SOE"
Leave everything else blank
"Click Class Search"
All of the seminars should appear on the next screen
Click on the seminars you would like to register for
When prompted for a start and end date:
Current Semester - If you are registering for a seminar during a semester that has already started - put in today's date (the date you are registering) and leave the end date blank
Future Semester - If you are registering for a seminar in a future semester - put in the first date of that term
DASA start and end date – DASA will have a start and end date already in the boxes - leave those dates.
If you are asked for a "PIN" number, you will need to get that from your advisor.

"How do I access the online seminars?"
If you have registered for the seminars and you would like to begin working on them
Go to www.hofstra.edu
Click on "My Hofstra"
Login using your user name and password
In the upper right hand corner click on "My Apps" (looks like a small phone keypad)
Click on the "Blackboard App"
You may be prompted to click "OK"
Each seminar that you are registered for will be listed under "My courses"
*please note, you will not see the seminars until they are available.

"What fees are associated with taking the Educational Law Seminars?"
All Educational Law Seminars are free for Hofstra Students.

"What grade will I receive for the Educational Law Seminar on my transcript?"
The online seminars are graded "P" for Pass OR "NC" for No credit.
You will receive "NC" if you do not complete the seminar by the deadline.
Deadlines are found in the "Announcements" on blackboard, on our flyers located at the Office of Educational Support Services, 233 Hagedorn Hall, and at the top of this website:
http://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/soeahs/cess/cess_seminars_hofstra.html
You will also be sent several reminders to complete the seminar by its deadline. Reminders are sent to your Hofstra email account. It is important that you check your Hofstra email account regularly.
The Harassment/Bullying DASA seminar is graded "P" for Pass OR "NA" for Not Attended.

"I just registered for an online seminar; however I do not see it in Blackboard."
If you register for an online seminar prior to the beginning of the semester, you will not see the seminar in your blackboard account until the seminar becomes available. Please see the Educational Law Seminar Flyers for dates the online seminars become available. If you register for an online seminar after the semester begins, it will take 24 hours for the registration to be processed in Blackboard.

"What is the format of the online seminars?"
Each of the online seminars has four modules - each module contains a video followed by 3-4 questions based on the video.
You must get all of the questions correct in order to move onto the next module. You are given three attempts to get the questions correct.
If you do not get all of the questions correct, you will not have access to the next module.
If you do not complete all four modules, you will not receive credit for completing the seminar.

"I just completed an online seminar, why don't I see this reflected on my transcript?"
The seminar grades are not automatic. They are manually entered once every three weeks.

"How long will the Educational Law Seminars take me to complete?"
Each of the online seminars could take up to two hours to complete.
The Harassment/Bullying DASA seminar is an in-person seminar only. The state mandates six hours of training for DASA. Currently, we offer a one day DASA training for six hours. Beginning January 2017, we will offer DASA training in two sessions- three hours each session. For the two day sessions, you must attend BOTH dates in order to receive credit for attending. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made. If you only attend one of the dates, you will receive an "NA – Not Attended" on your transcript and you will need to re-register for another DASA seminar.

"Which of the Educational Law Seminars are posted to my TEACH account?"
The only seminars the state allows registered providers to upload are Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) and DASA.
The others, Fire and Arson Prevention, Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Abuse (Substance Abuse), and Highway and School
Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction, are part of program completion and required for Hofstra to make an institutional recommendation for certification.
The Office of Teaching Initiatives (TEACH) requires that the university verify that these seminars have been completed; however, they do NOT get uploaded to TEACH.

"I do not have a TEACH account, how do I create one?"
If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to set up your account.
Go to the TEACH website:
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/
Click on "TEACH online Service"
Click on "Create an NY.gov TEACH account"
From there, follow the directions on how to set up an account.

"I took Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE), or DASA prior to the Spring 2015 Semester, why is not listed on my TEACH account?"
The Office of Teaching Initiatives (TEACH) first allowed registered providers to electronically upload the completion of Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) and DASA during the Spring 2015 Semester.
If you took Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention, School Violence Prevention/Intervention (SAVE) OR DASA at Hofstra University prior to the Spring 2015 semester, they were NOT electronic uploaded as it was not an option at that time.
It is understood through the university's institutional recommendation for certification that Hofstra has verified all seminars have been completed. The Office of Teaching Initiatives will not require any further documentation, or seminars to be listed separately under "workshops" for any student who completes a registered teacher preparation program and has the institutional recommendation for certification.

For more information on this, please see excerpts from the New York State Education Department Website:
Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment:
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/ca.html
"In the case of persons completing New York State registered programs leading to Certification, no Certification of Completion will be awarded because the training is a required component of the programs. No additional training is required."

School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE):
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/save.html
"Completion through a New York State Registered Teacher Education Program
Applicants who complete a teacher education program with a graduation date of May 2001 or later will be provided the required training as part of their teacher education program. Applicants who complete the training requirement through a registered program, and who are recommended for a teaching certificate by the institution, do not need to submit a Certification of Completion."

DASA Training:
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/dasa-applicant.html
"In the case of persons completing New York State registered teacher education programs leading to Certification after December 30, 2013, workshop completion will not display in the workshop table on TEACH. Once a recommendation from the institution is made, the requirement will appear as "checked off". The training is a required component of the programs, and no additional training is required."

"Where do I find the completion of the Educational Law Seminars on my TEACH account?"
The completion of Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) and DASA can be found in your TEACH account under "Workshops."
Go to http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/
Log into your account
Inquiry Links – Account Information - Workshops

"I finished the Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) seminar. The grade has been posted to my transcript, however, I do not see it noted on my TEACH account."
The completion of the online seminars Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) are electronically uploaded to your TEACH account once every three weeks.
If you do not see them posted on your TEACH account after three weeks please call 516-463-5747.

"I've used up all of my attempts in an online seminar, what do I do now?"
If you have used up all of your attempts and did not get a 100% in the module, you will be blocked from moving on to the next module.
You must call the Office of Educational Support Services at 516-463-5747

"I'm having difficulties viewing the videos."
Explorer doesn't always allow you to view videos. I would suggest changing browsers.
If you change browsers and still does not work, please try a different computer.
If you change browsers and computer and are still not able to view a video, or if you are having any other difficulties with Blackboard, please call the helpdesk at 516-463-7777

"What do I need to bring with me to the DASA seminar?"
For all of the seminars, you will need to bring a pen.
For the one day, six hour sessions, you will also need to bring a lunch. The state mandates six hours of training, so there will not be enough time to leave and purchase something to eat.
The presenter for the weekday DASA seminar requires that students print out a very large (72 page) handout. This handout is required for your attendance so please be prepared. The link to this handout will be emailed to you approximately two weeks prior to the seminar date.

"How long will it take the completion of the DASA seminar to show up on my TEACH account?" - For students who took DASA during Spring 2015 and after.
The completion of DASA will appear on your TEACH account approximately one week after the seminar date. If you do not see it after one week, please call 516-463-5747.

"I do not see DASA on my TEACH account, I took it prior to Spring 2015."
If you took the DASA seminar at Hofstra University prior to the Spring of 2015, you were given a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar with instructions on how to mail it to the state.
The certificate should be mailed to:
New York State Department of Education, Office of Teaching Initiatives
Room 5N-EB, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234
If you mailed the certificate and it is not appearing on TEACH you should call the TEACH helpline at 516-486-6041

"Who do I contact if I have any questions about the Educational Law Seminars requirement?"
Hofstra University students may contact Allison King at Allison.M.King[at]Hofstra.edu to inquire about their Educational Law Seminar Requirement.