Business Education Programs

Hofstra University offers programs for those seeking to become NYS certified Business Educators in K-12 education settings. This program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field 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 New York State Learning Standards of Career Development and Occupational Studies.


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The Forecast is Bright…

  • More than three-fourths of Hofstra’s M.S. in Business Education program graduates secure teaching positions.
  • In New York State, enrollment in business education programs has increased 31 percent from 2003 to 2007.*
  • 40 percent of active business educations are eligible for retirement in the next five years.*

* - Information taken from the New York State Basic Education Data System (BEDS)


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the ways in which one can be admitted to the five year dual degree program in Management (B.B.A.) and Business Education (M.S.Ed.)?
1) Students entering Hofstra as incoming freshmen may apply for direct admission to the dual-degree program. Students admitted directly to this program as incoming freshmen will be admitted automatically to the M.S.Ed. program at the end of their junior year provided that they attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the time of application to the M.S.Ed. program or upon completion of 88 semester hours of course work toward their B.B.A. program, whichever is latest.

2) Qualified Hofstra students majoring in Business Administration with a Management major can apply for admission to the dual-degree program in B.B.A. and M.S.Ed. prior to completing successfully 88 semester hours of undergraduate work.

Please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.
What is the "Money & Me" program?
Hofstra University has partnered with various sponsors for a program designed to bring financial literacy into the classroom. Undergraduate and graduate students will offer instruction to fourth and fifth graders about personal money management skills. Please see the "Money & Me" page page for more information.
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information about the Business Education programs, please contact:
Marsha Iverson
Director - Business Education and Family and Consumer Sciences Programs
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Phone: (516) 463-7284
E-Mail: Marsha.W.Iverson{at}hofstra.edu
What subjects in high schools are taught by business educators?
The range of courses taught by business educators is wide. Typical courses are Accounting, Business Law, Marketing, Sports Marketing, Computer Applications, Web Design, and Financial Literacy. Others might be ECommerce, Investments, Fashion Marketing, or Multi Media. However, this is by no means a complete list of courses.
What New York State Certification does a graduate of the programs secure?
Graduates of the programs secure Business/Marketing K-12 provisional certification from New York State. Graduates will be prepared to apply for certification in most other states as well. While the certification is a K-12 certification, most business educators teach only at the high school level.
Can I continue to work while in the program?
Yes, you can continue to work either part or full -time until the semester of student teaching, the capstone course in the programs.  Student teaching is a full time responsibility.  Our graduate course schedule accommodates students who are employed as most classes are offered at either 4:30-6:20 pm or 6:30-8:20 pm and only meet once each week during the fall and spring semesters.
If I hold a master’s degree, which program is best for me?
If you hold a master degree, you should enroll in our Advanced Certificate program. Students are prepared for certification in this program.
Is there scholarship money available?
The Program Director has scholarship funds to award to full-time graduate students. Full-time graduate students carry 9 credits in a semester. In addition, other scholarship opportunities exist. Full-time students also qualify for financial aid.

Meet the Program Director

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Marsha Iverson

Dr. Marsha Iverson
P: 516-463-7284
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