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About the English Education MSEd Program

This 37-semester hour program blends on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings and leads to New York state initial teacher certification in secondary English language arts, grades 7-12. Literacy, multicultural education, and information technology are integrated throughout the curriculum, and the program culminates in full-time student teaching.

This program requires the successful completion of an undergraduate degree in English (or its equivalent), with a minimum of 36 credits completed in the content area. In addition, the program conforms to the New York State Learning Standards in English Language Arts and recommendations for teacher preparation of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Admission Requirements

Students who do not meet the full admission requirements must complete all prerequisite course work prior to graduation. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  • A completed application form to the master’s program.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in overall undergraduate course work and course work in the content area in which certification is being sought each of two categories.
  • Completion of General Education Core prerequisites for teacher education programs.
  • A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  • Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.

The department understands that any single criterion may not predict a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Candidates may wish to apply if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.

Program Requirements

View more information on the English Education, MSEd program’s requirements and course of study.


If you are interested in applying for this program, please visit Hofstra’s Office of Graduate Admissions.


To learn more about Hofstra’s Master of Science in Education in English Education, please contact:
Alan Singer, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Director
Phone: 516-463-5768
Email: Alan.J.Singer[at]hofstra.edu