English Education

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.

Our Programs

English Education, MSEd
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.

English Education, MA
This 33-semester hour program leads to professional certification for teachers who possess certification in English 7-12 or initial certification in English language arts. It provides advanced study in the curriculum, pedagogy, and content of English language arts. Individuals may also select concentrated studies in middle level 5-6, gifted education or bilingual education certification extensions. 

English Education, BA
Courses in this program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification, English, grades 7-12. Secondary education programs are 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.

Secondary Education, Advanced Certificate
An Advanced Certificate is also available in secondary education for students seeking grades 7 to 12 certificates who possess an advanced degree in a related content area.

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, and government.

Field Experiences

At least one field placement must be in a district identified as high-needs by the New York State Education Department. All field experiences are incorporated into course curricula. Students enrolled in SPED 201/264 are placed in educational settings to work with students who have special-needs or disabilities. A minimum of 100 clock hours of participation/observation is required prior to student teaching. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement. Departmental policy is to place prospective teachers in districts other than those in which they currently reside or in schools that they attended.

Grades 7-9

Grades 7-12

Grades 10-12

Note:

  • Students take LYST 209 or LYST 215A or LYST 217A
  • Students take SPED 201 or SPED 264

Student Teaching

Participation/observation in middle and secondary schools are required in each of the following courses:

Grades 7-9

Grades 7-12

Grades 10-12

Note – Classes with a “L” suffix are taken concurrently with a 3 semester hour class
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if the Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) program is right for me?
The Master of Arts program leads to professional certification for teachers who possess certification in English 7-12 or initial certification in English language arts. Essentially, the M.A. program is for teachers who already possess teacher certification and would like advanced study in the curriculum, pedagogy, and content of English language arts and/or would like to concentrate their studies in middle level 5-6, gifted education, or bilingual education certification extensions.

The Master of Science in Education program leads to New York state initial teacher certification in secondary English language arts, grades 7-12. Essentially, this program is for individuals who are seeking certification in English Education. 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.

Who do I contact for more information?
To learn more about Hofstra's programs in English education, please contact:

Victor Jaccarino
Adjunct Instructor of Teaching, Learning and Technology
Phone: 516-463-5768
Email: Victor.Jaccarino@Hofstra.edu

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Maureen Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor
Director, Secondary English Education Programs
Phone: 516-463-6775
Email