Hofstra University’s School of Education is hosting a graduate studies open house for its programs in Special Education. This will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4-6 p.m., in the lobby of Hagedorn Hall, located on the far east side of Hofstra’s South Campus (off of Uniondale Avenue). To RSVP visit www.hofstra.edu/gradevents.
Students who attend the April 22 open house and begin their application within 48 hours will receive an application fee waiver. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about program offerings, visit hofstra.edu/SPED.
The outlook for jobs in Special Education, particularly in New York City, is very promising. This fall 2014 will see the expansion of full-day universal Pre-K programs in New York City public schools, creating need for special education teachers with a specialization in early childhood education.
At the open house, faculty and program representatives from studies in Special Education will be available to discuss and answer questions about graduate study leading to an MA in Special Education, an MSEd in Special Education or Advanced Certificate Programs. Master’s level programs include specializations in early childhood, elementary education, secondary education and literacy studies.
Advanced Certificate programs are available in areas such as gifted education, applied behavior analysis, early childhood, teaching students with severe or multiple disabilities, as well as studies in special education assessment and diagnosis.
In 2014 Hofstra University’s School of Education was the only Long Island institution to be was named among the top-100 Best Graduate Schools of Education in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
This past fall the United States Department of Education awarded Hofstra a grant of $1.24 million to launch the Hofstra Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Program (HECIS) to train highly-qualified teachers who will serve the needs of pre-school age children (birth to 5 years) with disabilities. Hofstra has offered an MSEd in Early Childhood Special Education and a separate Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis. The grant program certifies students in both areas in a two year period.
In addition to new Pre-K options in New York City, nationwide job prospects for teachers in special education are also favorable. Dr. Stephen Hernandez, director of the School of Education’s Early Childhood Special Education Program, said in a recent interview that “Opportunities in special education are very good. The US Department of Labor has estimated that there will be an over 17% increase in the number of special educators between now and 2020. Prospects are even better for early childhood special educators with that figure being up to 21%.” Hofstra’s graduate programs in special education also offer students a lot of flexibility, including online components. Dr. Hernandez said, “Our programs are geared toward working adults. We recognize the challenges that modern day graduate students have.”