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Secondary Education


Middle and high school are pivotal years in a young person's life, and the influence of a caring, creative teacher can help students successfully navigate the path from adolescence to young adulthood.  As a secondary school teacher, you focus on a specific subject like history, math or science, and share your passion for it with students just as they begin to shape their college and career choices.

At Hofstra, our talented faculty, wealth of resources and high-tech facilities, emphasis on technological literacy and extensive network among Long Island and New York City public schools will prepare you for a long, successful career in the classroom. You'll graduate with initial certification to teach grades 7-12 in New York state. Concentrations are available in English, foreign languages, mathematics, sciences, and social studies. All our teacher education programs are fully-accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

There's an urgent nationwide need for secondary school teachers, particularly in math, science and foreign languages. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 48 states reported teacher shortages in math for the 2017-18 school year, 43 in science and 41 in foreign language. The average annual salary for New York state secondary school teachers in 2017 was $83,860, according to federal labor statistics.

As the educational landscape has changed dramatically over the decades, Hofstra's School of Education has not only remained current, but has led the way for changes in curriculum, policy and applications of technology. For example,  with the help of a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant, our professors are training local high school teachers to use coding in biology curriculum.

We'll help you secure challenging, clinically-rich internships, field and student teaching experience, thanks to Hofstra's strong connections with local school districts through our Office of Field Placement.

Our students pass the New York assessment required for initial teacher certification - called the edTPA - at a higher rate than the state average. That's why Hofstra is recognized for producing graduates who are among the best prepared in the region for the challenges of the classroom, and to pursue advanced studies that lead to leadership roles as principals and superintendents.


If your plan is to teach at the secondary level, your first step is to declare a major in Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences focused on the subject you want to teach.  Then, during the second semester of your sophomore year, you declare a co-major in education:

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.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Hofstra's secondary education programs enjoy a high success rate of placing students in jobs after graduation, as well as in prestigious graduate programs.

Among the places where our graduates are teaching include:

  • Rockville Centre School District
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Long Beach School District
  • Teach for America
  • East Meadow School District
  • Levittown School District
  • 3 Village School District
  • Great Neck School District
  • Valley Stream School District
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Mathnasium of Smithtown
  • Garden City School District
  • Harborfield Central School District
  • Herricks Union Free School District

Those pursuing advanced degrees are studying at places like:

  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Cornell University
  • New York University
  • Bank Street College of Education
  • Hofstra University
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • University of Virginia
  • Western Connecticut State University


100% are employed, grad school or both
91% accept a position within six months
$54K median salary

For more information about outcomes (For subject specific secondary education outcomes, click on the individual program in the dropdown menu)

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Fieldwork/Internships/Student Teaching

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Examples of places where students have done their fieldwork, student teaching or have obtained other types of work experience include:

  • Herricks School District
  • Westbury School District
  • Garden City School District
  • Hicksville School District
  • Farmingdale School District
  • Fresh Air Fund
  • Herstory Writers Workshop
  • Island Trees School District
  • Kellenberg Memorial High School
  • Levittown School District
  • Long Beach School District
  • North Shore University Hospital
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Roosevelt Children's Academy
  • Uniondale School District

English & American Literature and English Education


Garrett Van Curen was president of Hofstra's student chapter of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and also had the opportunity to assist a faculty author on a book project. He now teaches English at Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey.

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