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Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Overview

A great teacher can change lives, igniting a love of learning that will last long after a student leaves the classroom. As a preschool or elementary school teacher, you are among a child's first and most important mentors, as they begin to explore and discover their passions, and learn how to respect each other and work together.

If you want to be this kind of difference-maker, Hofstra's fully-accredited programs in early childhood and elementary education will steep you in the theory and practice of teaching. Our program will give you the support, technology, knowledge and facilities needed to become an effective educational leader and meet the changing dynamics of teaching.

Nationally, jobs for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow seven percent by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In New York state, as of May 2017, the average annual salaries for kindergarten and elementary school teachers (except special education) are $77,440 and $80,540, respectively, federal labor data shows.

Hofstra's program will prepare you to be certified in both early childhood (birth-2nd grade) and childhood (grades 1-6) education. We also offer five-year, dual-degree programs in high-demand areas like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and special education.

On-campus, you'll get the chance to work with local elementary school students in our STEM Studio, using hands-on, real-world design challenges in the classroom. There are also research and training opportunities at our Saltzman Community Service Center, which provides child care and other services to the surrounding area.

Off-campus, we'll help you secure challenging, clinically-rich internships, field and student teaching experience, thanks to Hofstra's extensive networks among in Long Island and New York City public schools, In fact, Hofstra students pass the New York assessment required for initial teacher certification - called the edTPA - at a higher rate than the state average. That means you'll graduate better prepared than most to make a difference in the lives of the earliest learners.

Curriculum

Hofstra offers two, four-year degrees in Early Childhood and Childhood Education, and several five-year dual degree programs that combine an early childhood/elementary education bachelor's with a specialized master's degree. All our programs are fully accredited by TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council).  Students in programs that lead to New York teacher certification also must complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork as well as student teaching.

Students in this program initially choose a major in the liberal arts and sciences or engineering and applied sciences, and spend their first two years completing 45 semester hours in that major. Then, they apply for admission to the School of Education and declare Early Childhood/Childhood Education.

  • BA in Early Childhood/Childhood Education: Students in this program combine the early childhood/childhood education major with an arts or science co-major from either the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • BS in Early Childhood/Childhood Education: This program does not require a co-major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the DeMatteis School.

Dual-degree specialization programs:

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Our recent graduates are well-prepared to enter the classroom, and are working throughout the New York metropolitan region, as well as nationwide, as general education, preschool, special education, and dual language teachers, as well as literacy specialists.  In addition, Hofstra has a unique partnership with the Farmingdale School District in which newly certified Hofstra Early Childhood Education graduates complete their first-year of teaching in the district's universal pre-K program with professional support from both Farmingdale and Hofstra.

Among the places where our alumni are working include:

  • East Meadow School District
  • Farmingdale School District
  • Levittown School District
  • Lawrence School District
  • Massapequa School District
  • Hunter College Campus Schools
  • Israel Teaching Fellows
  • Next Generation Children's Center
  • North Shore School District
  • NYC Department of Education

Our graduates who are pursuing advanced studies are doing so at a range of prestigious institutions including:

  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Cornell University
  • New York University
  • Drexel University
  • Fordham University
  • Hofstra University
  • Bank Street College of Education
100% job, grad school or both
79% accept a position within six months
$54K median salary
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Internships/Experience/Student Teaching

Student Experience

Fieldwork provides an opportunity to put theory into practice. Students are placed in a variety of classroom settings across the full range of grades and ability levels covered by the student's area of certification. Fieldwork is completed at sites arranged by the Office of Field Placement within the School of Education.

Student teaching is a period of guided professional development, when students assume increasing responsibility for all of the activities involved in actual classroom teaching. It is an opportunity to integrate and apply, in a field-based setting, the knowledge, attitudes and skills acquired during the professional sequence. We also offer a program in which students complete their student teaching in the fall and then transition into a paid internship with the same school during the spring semester. Among the schools and districts where our recent students have interned, done fieldwork and/or student teaching:

Upperclassmen benefit from the services of the Office of Field Placement, which is responsible for accepting and evaluating requests for field observations, clinical experiences, and student teaching. The Office of Educational Support Services is a resource that provides certification information related to Hofstra University's New York State approved teacher, administrative and pupil personnel preparation programs.  Students in programs that lead to New York teacher certification also must complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork as well as student teaching.

Find out more about how we prepare our students to excel on the New York state assessment required for teacher certification.

Meet Dr. Roberto Joseph

Dr. Joseph, an associate professor of teaching, learning and technology, is an expert on using gaming and game development to teach math in elementary and middle school, including a project supported by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation Grant. He is also director of Hofstra’s MA program in Technology for Learning.