The dual-degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major in Psychology and the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) focuses on preparing candidates as Secondary Special Education Generalist teachers. Students entering Hofstra as incoming freshmen may apply for direct admission to the dual-degree program, and those accepted are automatically admitted to the M.S.Ed. program provided they attain minimum requirements noted in the bulletin. Students may replace up to fifteen semester hours of undergraduate course work for their bachelor's degree with graduate course work.
Designed for students with no formal course work or teaching experience in secondary education or special education at the adolescent development level, this dual graduate pre-service program leads toward the New York state initial certificate to teach adolescent education, grades 7-12 in social studies, mathematics, sciences, English or foreign languages, students with disabilities 7-12 generalist, and extensions in the content areas. Students seeking certification in math and science are encouraged to explore the Robert Noyce Fellowship opportunity. Click here for more information.
The Secondary Special Education Generalist program is designed for individuals who wish to teach students with disabilities on the secondary level in a variety of settings including self-contained classrooms, resource rooms, or in inclusive programs as a consultant teacher or integrated co-teacher. On successful completion of the program, individuals will be recommended for New York state certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities, 7-12, Generalist.
The Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist with Extensions in Secondary Education program is designed for individuals who wish to teach students with disabilities on the secondary level in a variety of settings including subject-specific special education classes (mathematics, sciences, social studies, English, or languages other than English), in resource rooms or in supportive roles in inclusive programs as a consultant teacher or integrated co-teacher. The content extension does not permit these individuals to perform as the teacher of record for grades 7-12 secondary education general education subject area classrooms.
Upon successful completion of the program, individuals will be recommended for New York state initial certification, Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist with appropriate content extensions.
The advanced certificate in special education is an 18 to 21 s.h. program designed for individuals who hold initial/professional New York state certification as childhood or adolescent education classroom teachers, and who would like a concentrated study for continued professional development.
Special Education(M.A.) As of Fall 2015, we will no longer be accepting new students into this M.A. program.
This program is designed to provide students who enter holding an initial certificate in special education with advanced training in issues and problems of inclusion, transition, and other aspects of PreK-12 education.
This program prepares reflective practitioners who are able to translate experience and research literature alike into workable solutions to problems in the public schools.