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Why attend Hofstra?

  • Internationally renowned faculty with small class sizes
  • Emphasis on constructivist teaching and field experiences
  • Problem-based, interactive courses
  • Personal program advisement
  • State-of-the-art classrooms, including a teaching laboratory
  • Partial scholarships available
  • Networking opportunities with successful science alumni and faculty
  • Professional development

How do I obtain certification to teach Science in New York State?
In order to teach Science, you must have a major or equivalent of a major in one of the sciences. For specific details, please explore the tabs above that match your area of interest.

Why choose the M.S. Ed. or Advanced Certificate programs?
Successful completion of all program requirements leads to initial New York state teacher certification in biology, chemistry, earth science or physics and in general science, grades 7-12. Programs blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, and culminate in full-time student teaching. The 37-semester hour M.S Ed. program is for students who possess an undergraduate degree in one of the sciences (or the equivalent). The 25-semester hour Advanced Certificate program is for students who have an undergraduate degree in one of the sciences (or the equivalent), as well as a graduate degree in any area.

Why choose the M.A. program?
Successful completion of all program requirements leads to professional certification for teachers. The program provides advanced study in the curriculum, pedagogy, and content of the sciences. Plus, you select a cognate concentration in one of these areas (Multicultural Education, The Arts and Humanities, Educational Technology,  Interdisciplinary Studies, Bilingual Education*, or Gifted Education*) and may also add a middle-level certification extension (grades 5 and 6) into any concentration.
* - New York State recognized certification areas

What does a science teaching degree from Hofstra University mean?
It means you’ll have the critical and creative skills necessary to lead a vibrant science classroom. Our faculty use the power of research-based instruction to prepare mindful educators for today’s changing schools. At the completion of these programs, our graduates bring the best teaching practices to classrooms and students.

How do I learn more about Hofstra’s Science Education programs?
To learn more about Hofstra’s Science Education programs, please contact:
Jacqueline Grennon Brooks, Ed.D.
Professor
Program Director - Secondary Science Education
Phone: 516-463-5777
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