Secondary Education

Secondary Education


Pursue or build on an existing teacher certification at grade levels 7-12 and beyond with an in-demand graduate degree in Secondary Education at Hofstra University. Receive valuable mentorship – while a student and into your career – from expert faculty members who are committed to your success. Gain experience through field placements and student teaching while you develop your area of interest through elective courses in locations that include New York City’s notable museums and galleries. Our flexible course options, which include online and evening courses, allow you to keep working during your graduate studies. Select from any of the programs listed in the accordion section below to learn more. If you have questions please contact our graduate admission team at 516-463-4723 or

Program Highlights

Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admission team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at, or call 516-463-4723.

To be considered for the Secondary Education programs, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and completed general education core requirements. Select programs and advanced degrees may require additional educational experience and licensure.

Start your application online where you can upload the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. You may initially submit unofficial copies of your transcripts for your application review, but official transcripts will be required once you are accepted into the program.
  • Two letters of reference
  • Personal statement of interests and career intentions

An interview with program faculty may be required.

To learn more about Secondary Education programs at Hofstra, please see individual degree listing below.

If you are a current Hofstra student interested in pursuing the undergraduate/graduate dual-degree program, please contact your academic advisor. Direct any additional questions to

International students: Please review additional admission requirements.

Apply to Secondary Education programs at any time with our rolling admissions policy.
The Secondary Education programs are between 25-37 credits. Advanced Certificate programs can be as few as 6 credits.



The 37-credit MSEd in Business Education course of study leads to New York State Initial Teacher Certification in business and marketing, as well as Work-Based Learning Coordinator Certification for Career Development. This program is designed bachelor’s prepared aspiring teachers and blends on-campus preparation with field experiences, culminating in full-time student teaching.

The 25-credit Advanced Certificate in Secondary Education is designed for master’s prepared individuals seeking New York State Initial Teacher Certification.  The concentration in business prepares individuals for K-12 certification in business and marketing, and prospective students most commonly hold a MBA or the equivalent.  

For more information, visit the Business Education programs page.
Curriculum Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Fine Arts
Foreign Language
Middle Childhood Extension
Social Studies
Work Based Learning


Office of Field Placement


Alan Singer

Dr. Alan Singer, Director of the Social Studies Education programs and a professor of Teaching, Learning, and Technology at Hofstra, is a former New York City high school social studies teacher. In 2011, the Long Island Conference for the Social Studies awarded him the Mark Rothman Teacher Mentoring Award for his commitment to students and continued excellence in education.

Meet Dr. Singer

Amy J. Catalano

Dr. Amy J. Catalano, Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology, is currently appointed to both the library (as the curriculum materials librarian) and the School of Education (director of both secondary science and the MA in elementary STEM).

Meet Dr. Catalano

Susan G. Zwirn

Dr. Susan Goetz Zwirn is a Graduate Director and a Professor of Art Education at Hofstra University who has served as a consultant and evaluator for arts integration programs (including the visual arts, dance, music and drama) on both local and national levels.

Meet Dr. Zwirn
Alan Singer
Amy J. Catalano
Susan G. Zwirn

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at