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. The MSEd in Science Education is a 37-credit program for students with no formal background in education and the MA in Science Education is a 33-credit program for students who are already certified.

Admissions

  1. To apply to the undergraduate program, please visit Hofstra' s Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  2. To apply to the graduate programs, please visit Hofstra's Office of Graduate Admissions.

Select the program that you are interested in for more information:

After completing a minimum of 45 semester hours of college course work, students may apply for admission to the School of Education. Admission into the B.A. program is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  • A passing score on the Hofstra English Proficiency Exam,
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher on overall course work and liberal arts and sciences course work,
  • Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession,
  • A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale,
  • An interview with the Program Director.

Applications for admission to a Master of Science in Education program are made to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  • A completed application form to the master ’s program.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in each of two categories:
    • Overall undergraduate course work,
    • Course work in the content area in which certification will be sought.
  • Completion of General Education Core requirements for teacher education programs.
  • A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  • Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
  • A bachelor’s degree with a major (or equivalent) in the content area of science education in which certification will be sought (for exceptions see Science Content Requirements on the following page).

Applications for admission to the Master of Arts program are made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  • A completed application form to the M.A. program.
  • New York state initial certification for teaching sciences, Biology 7-12, Chemistry 7-12, Physics 7-12, Earth Science 7-12 and General Science Extension. Applicants who have provisional certification should contact the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership for the correct program.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in each of two categories:
    • Overall undergraduate course work;
    • Course work in the content area in which certification will be sought.
  • A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  • Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.

Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of the M.A. program in residence at Hofstra. No more than 9 s.h. may be transferred into the program. A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the M.A. degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program.

Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  • A completed application form to the program.
  • A bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree (or its equivalent) in the content area (or related content area)in which certification will be sought.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in each of two categories:
    • Undergraduate liberal arts course work,
    • Course work in the area(s) in which certification is sought. Applicants with GPAs between 2.50 and 2.75 may be accepted provisionally, subject to special conditions.
  • A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  • Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
  • An interview and/or portfolio are required for some content areas.

Before completion of the first 12 credits of the program it is recommended that students complete the liberal arts component of the teacher certification examinations.

  • A completed application form.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate course work.  Applicants must hold master’s and bachelor’s degrees from accredited institutions.  Either the bachelor’s or master’s degree must closely relate to the doctoral specialization sought by the applicant.  A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 in graduate course work and 3.0 in undergraduate course work is required.
  • An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with a minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a minimum score of 5 on the analytical writing section.
  • A typed statement of intent and rationale for pursuing doctoral studies (500-1000 words).
  • Three professional references from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential for doctoral studies.
  • A minimum of two years of successful full-time teaching experience or the equivalent.
  • Evidence of past professional work (e.g., videotape, portfolio, or other relevant documentation).
  • Interview and on-site writing task (scheduled after all other admissions materials have been received).

Frequently Asked Questions

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
Email

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To learn more about Hofstra’s BA, MSEd, MA or Advanced Certificate in Science Education please contact:

Professor Amy Catalano
Chair – Teaching, Learning and Technology
Professor
Director – Science Education
Phone: 516-463-5956

To learn more about Hofstra’s Learning and Teaching, Doctoral Program (Ed.D.) in Science Education program, please contact:

Professor Bruce Torff, EdD
Director - Doctoral Program in Learning and Teaching
Professor
Phone: (516) 463-5803