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Admissions

Select the program that you are interested in for more information:

      • Bachelor of Arts

        After completing a minimum of 45 semester hours of college course work, students may apply for admission to the School of Education. Admission into the B.A. program is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

        • A passing score on the Hofstra English Proficiency Exam,
        • An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher on overall course work and liberal arts and sciences course work,
        • Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession,
        • A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale,
        • An interview with the Program Director.
      • Master of Science Education

        Applications for admission to a Master of Science in Education program are made to the Office of Graduate Admissions. 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 each of two categories:
          • Overall undergraduate course work,
          • Course work in the content area in which certification will be sought.
        • Completion of General Education Core requirements 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.
        • A bachelor’s degree with a major (or equivalent) in the content area of science education in which certification will be sought (for exceptions see Science Content Requirements on the following page).
      • Master of Arts

        Applications for admission to the Master of Arts program are made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

        • A completed application form to the M.A. program.
        • New York state initial certification for teaching sciences, Biology 7-12, Chemistry 7-12, Physics 7-12, Earth Science 7-12 and General Science Extension. Applicants who have provisional certification should contact the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership for the correct program.
        • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in each of two categories:
          • Overall undergraduate course work;
          • Course work in the content area in which certification will be sought.
        • 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.

        Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of the M.A. program in residence at Hofstra. No more than 9 s.h. may be transferred into the program. A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the M.A. degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program.

      • Advanced Certificate

        Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

        • A completed application form to the program.
        • A bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree (or its equivalent) in the content area (or related content area)in which certification will be sought.
        • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in each of two categories:
          • Undergraduate liberal arts course work,
          • Course work in the area(s) in which certification is sought. Applicants with GPAs between 2.50 and 2.75 may be accepted provisionally, subject to special conditions.
        • 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.
        • An interview and/or portfolio are required for some content areas.

        Before completion of the first 12 credits of the program it is recommended that students complete the liberal arts component of the teacher certification examinations.

      • Learning and Teaching, Doctoral Program (Ed.D.) in
        • A completed application form.
        • Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate course work.  Applicants must hold master’s and bachelor’s degrees from accredited institutions.  Either the bachelor’s or master’s degree must closely relate to the doctoral specialization sought by the applicant.  A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 in graduate course work and 3.0 in undergraduate course work is required.
        • An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with a minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a minimum score of 5 on the analytical writing section.
        • A typed statement of intent and rationale for pursuing doctoral studies (500-1000 words).
        • Three professional references from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential for doctoral studies.
        • A minimum of two years of successful full-time teaching experience or the equivalent.
        • Evidence of past professional work (e.g., videotape, portfolio, or other relevant documentation).
        • Interview and on-site writing task (scheduled after all other admissions materials have been received).

  1. To apply to the undergraduate program, please visit Hofstra' s Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  2. To apply to the graduate programs, please visit Hofstra's Office of Graduate Admissions.

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