Why English Education at Hofstra

  • Students connect with a large network of cooperating teachers and Hofstra alumni.
  • Hofstra faculty work closely with state and national professional organizations.
  • Faculty includes authors of award-winning curriculum guides on the Great Irish Famine, New York, and slavery.
  • The Office of Field Placement, The Career Center, and Office of Educational Support Services all provide extensive resources to students.

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Careers in English Education

By studying literature, English majors develop their abilities to read, interpret, think, and write. They expand their intellectual, imaginative, social, cultural, and ethical perspectives, and they enrich their lives. The skills they acquire are useful for anyone living in a complex modern society. They are particularly useful for anyone intending to enter a profession in which mastery of language is important and in which there is a need for an ability to analyze, interpret, write, and explain. Most English majors do in fact go into such professions as:

  • Teaching (at all levels)
  • Publishing
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Writing
  • Advertising
  • Communications
  • Public relations
  • Management
  • Government roles

Check out NYSUT Report on The Teacher Shortage

  • Enrollment in New York State’s teacher education programs has declined by 53 percent since 2009.
  • NYS Teacher Retirement System projects that 1/3 of New York teachers could retire in the next five years.
  • U.S. Department of Education has identified 18 teacher shortage areas throughout New York State. A decade ago there were only two.

English Language Arts teachers are in high demand!

Frequently Asked Questions

I do not have an education background, can I still apply?
Yes, if you are a first time teacher candidate seeking NYS certification in English Language Arts Grades 7-12 you will want to apply to the English Education, MSEd. If you have a graduate degree and are still seeking your first NYS certification you can consider the Secondary Education, AC with a concentration in English Language Arts.
How is coursework delivered?
The programs offer coursework that will be delivered predominantly in person, with some courses being offered online or hybrid. Courses that meet in person will meet once per week between 4:30-6:20PM and/or 6:30PM-8:20PM.
How long will it take to complete the program?
If you are enrolled in the MSEd program students should expect to take between 2-3 years depending on pursuing full time or part time coursework. The MA program will take up to 1.5-2.5 years to complete depending on pursuing full time or part time. The Advanced Certificate could take up to 1-2 years to complete depending on full time or part time pursuit.
How is field placement and Student Teaching coordinated?
All Field Placement and Student Teaching requirements are coordinated by our Field Placement Office, which provide logistical support and supervision while students are in the field. Students are not left having to find their own placements, but the office can work with candidates that may have placement options.

Meet Our Program Director

Victor Jaccarino

Victor Jaccarino
P: 516-463-6135
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