Education students will be able to earn two degrees and three certifications in five years as part of a new program that will launch in Fall 2017.
The School of Education program will offer a BS in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), with an MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Graduates will earn New York state certification to teach in each area.
“The program saves students thousands of dollars in tuition and allows them to get their masters prior to taking on the rigors of having one’s own classroom,” said program director Dr. Andrea Libresco, professor of teaching, learning and technology.
The BS/MSEd program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of school settings, including full-time student teaching for the undergraduate program and a practicum for the graduate program. Literacy, multicultural education, and information technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program.
“Our students will benefit from a new program that gives them a more comprehensive foundation in elementary and early childhood education while also preparing them to serve the growing population of non-native speakers of English who are currently underserved in many school districts,” said program advisor Myrna Fischbach.
Graduates of the program will be qualified for the following positions: classroom teachers, grades pre-K-6; day care/preschool teachers, birth-grade 2; classroom teachers with advanced preparation in TESOL instruction; and TESOL classroom teachers, K-12.
Students entering Hofstra as incoming first-year students can apply for direct admission to the dual-degree program. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have an overall high school GPA of 3.0 and must also submit scores on a nationally normed admission test such as the SAT, ACT, AP or IB and meet Hofstra Admission requirements. Students admitted directly to the dual-degree program as incoming first-year students will be admitted automatically to the MSEd program at the end of their junior year, provided they fulfill the following requirements: a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 following completion of at least 89 semester hours of course work and an interview with the program director.