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Specialized Programs in Education

Welcome to the Department of Specialized Programs in Education (SPE).  We invite you to become acquainted with the faculty, staff and the diverse spectrum of academic programs that are offered.  Studies in health and physical education can be done at undergraduate and graduate level, including a unique five-year dual degree dual certification program.  Graduate degrees range from master’s level preparation to advanced certificates and doctoral study in the following fields: leadership, literacy studies and special education.  SPE faculty are committed to preparing reflective educators and leaders prepared to work in a wide range of school, community and university settings. 

For more information about department faculty, please visit links on right to each area of study.

  • Contact SPE

    Office Contact Information
    101 Hofstra Dome
    Phone: 516-463-5808

    Faculty mailboxes – 290 Hagedorn Hall
    Adjunct Faculty mailboxes – 101 E Hofstra Dome

    Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    Summer Hours (End of May through Mid-August)
    Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    General Inquiries: SPE.department@hofstra.edu

    Alan D. Flurkey
    Chair and Professor
    263 Hagedorn Hall
    Phone: 516-463-5237

    Jeanne M. Henry
    Assistant Chair and Associate Professor
    267 Hagedorn Hall
    Phone: 516-463-5801

    Kathleen Smith
    Senior Executive Secretary for Specialized Programs in Education
    101 Hofstra Dome
    Phone: 516-463-5101
    Fax: 516-463-6275

  • Message from the Chair

    Welcome to the Department of Specialized Programs in Education. Our department contains several dynamic programs at the undergraduate, Masters and doctoral level. These programs, which are offered at a variety of K – College developmental levels, are designed to prepare 21st century educators for the changing outlook in education. Field experiences, internships, and experiential learning opportunities enable students to gain practical experience in a wide range of educational settings.

    SPE programs include Literacy Studies, Special Education, Physical Education, Health Education, and Leadership and Policy Studies. Experts in their respective fields, the faculty in our department are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. 

    Explore the webpages listed above to discover degree programs which match your interests. Please feel free to contact any of the program directors for more information about our programs.  We look forward to hearing from you.

    Alan D. Flurkey, Ph.D., Chair
    Jeanne M. Henry, Ed.D., Assistant Chair
    Specialized Education Programs
    School of Education

Dr. Stephen J. HernandezDr. Stephen J. Hernandez
Professor of Special Education
2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Award Recipient

Areas of Study

Health and Physical Education
Leadership and Policy Studies
Literacy Studies
Special Education
Doctoral Programs