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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, and field and student teaching experiences, 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 Sciencesthat is 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 must also 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:

  • Bellmore-Merrick Public School District
  • Comsewogue School District
  • Garden City School District
  • Glen Cove Public School District
  • Harborfields Central School District
  • Northport-East Northport School District
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Rockville Centre School District
  • Teach for America
  • Valley Stream School District

Those pursuing advanced degrees are studying at places like:

  • Antioch University
  • Bank Street College of Education
  • Cornell University
  • Fordham University
  • Hofstra University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New York University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Stony Brook University


93% are employed, grad school or both
95% accept a position within six months
$50K median salary*

(For specific information about outcomes for specific Secondary Education Programs, click on the More Info button below.)

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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

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:

  • Baldwin School District
  • Farmingdale School District
  • Garden City School District
  • Herricks Union Free School District
  • Levittown School District
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Port Washington School District
  • Rockville Centre School District
  • Uniondale School District
  • Westbury 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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