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  • Early Childhood Education, B.A.

    The undergraduate Early Childhood Education program prepares students for York state initial teacher certification in early childhood (Birth-grade 2). The early childhood program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with clinical experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, and information technology are integrated throughout all aspects of this program. The program conforms to the standards and guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the New York State Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education.

    For further information about the program, visit the program's Bulletin. As of Fall 2015, we will no longer be accepting new students into this B.A. program.  Students are encouraged to explore the Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education Program.

  • Elementary Education, B.A.

    The undergraduate Elementary Education program prepares students for New York state initial teacher certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6). The Elementary Education program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with clinical experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, and information technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the standards and guidelines of the Association for Childhood Education International and with the New York State Learning Standards for Childhood Education.

    For further information about the program, visit the program's Bulletin. As of Fall 2015, we will no longer be accepting new students into this B.A. program. Students are encouraged to explore the Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education Program.

  • Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education, B.A.

    The undergraduate dual certification program in Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education prepares students for New York state initial teacher certification for both early childhood education (birth-grade 2) and childhood education (grades 1-6). Students combine major study in a liberal arts or sciences area with a co-major in early childhood education and childhood education. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with clinical experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, and information technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms to the standards and guidelines of the New York State Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education.

    More information about Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education, B.A.

  • Early Childhood Education, M.A. (for initially certified teachers)

    This integrated program is designed for teachers who hold the Initial Certificate to teach Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education and wish to prepare for the New York State Professional Certificate to teach Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2).

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  • Elementary Education, M.A. (for initially certified teachers)

    The M.A. program in Elementary Education is designed to provide advanced study in elementary school and instruction for those holding Initial Certification in Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education. Hofstra's M.A. in Elementary Education offers three areas of specialization:

    • Specialization: Arts and the Humanities
      The program is designed for practicing teachers who wish to experience personal growth and development as well as explore new perspectives on teaching and learning as they engage in curriculum organization and revision in arts and the humanities.
    • Specialization: Curriculum Studies in Multicultural Communities
      The M.A. Program in Elementary Education with specialization in Curriculum Studies in Multicultural Communities will prepare elementary school teachers to work in urban communities and collaborate with parents, staff, teachers and community workers to create equitable educational environments. The core ideals of this program are community, democracy, development and achievement.
    • Specialization: Educational Technology
      Emerging technologies are providing new opportunities and options for teaching and learning at all levels. This specialization in education technology provides certified teachers with advanced study in the applications of educational technology within schools. The program includes a common core of courses that integrates information technologies with curriculum and instructional theory.

    For futher information about the program, visit the program's Bulletin. As of Fall 2015, we will no longer be accepting new students into this M.A. program.

  • Early Childhood Education, M.S.Ed.

    The M.S.Ed. program in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare qualified graduate students as teachers in the area of Early Childhood Education. This integrated program, registered with the New York State Education Department, leads toward the New York State Initial Certificate to teach Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) upon recommendation by the School of Education.  Liberal arts and sciences education prerequisites required by the New York State Education Department must be completed prior to conferral of the degree.


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  • Elementary Education, M.S.Ed.

    The master's program in Elementary Education is designed to prepare qualified graduate students as teachers in the area of Elementary Education. The program combines courses in the key areas of the elementary curriculum with work in the foundations of education, human development and the liberal arts. All students in the program are engaged in clinical experiences in a variety of elementary school settings throughout the area. This master's program leads to certification (first grade through sixth grade) in Childhood Education by the State Education Department upon recommendation by the School of Education. Graduate students who enter upon programs of study on non-matriculated 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.

    More information about Elementary Education, M.S.Ed.

  • Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education, M.S.Ed.

    The dual certification master's program in Early Childhood Education and Childhood Education is designed to prepare qualified graduate students as teachers in the areas of early childhood education and childhood education. It is designed to prepare qualified graduate students as teachers in the areas of early childhood education and childhood education.  The program blends on-campus preparation with clinical experiences in a variety of early childhood and childhood settings, including high-needs schools, and culminates in full-time student teaching. This integrated program, registered with the New York State Education Department, leads to the New York State Initial Certificates to teach Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) and Childhood  (Grades 1-6) upon recommendation by the School of Education.   Liberal arts and sciences education prerequisites required by the New York State Education Department must be completed prior to conferral of the degree.

    More information about the Dual Certificate Program in Early Childhood Ed (Birth-Grade 2) and Child Ed (Grades 1-6), MSEd.


For more information about Elementary Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, please visit hofstra.edu/MASTEM.