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Stephen Hernandez - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Stephen Hernandez

Associate Professor of Specialized Programs in Education | Hofstra University


Stephen Hernandez is a specialist in teacher certification, special education and early childhood special education.






Special Education Programs - Stephen Hernandez edTPA - Stephen Hernandez




Stephen J. Hernandez has been a member of the faculty in the School of Education at Hofstra University since 2004. In addition, he has extensive experience as an adjunct professor at other area colleges, teaching courses in special education, disabilities, child development, psychology, and non-profit management. Dr. Hernandez earned his B.A. from Fordham University, a M.S. in Education from Long Island University-Brooklyn College, a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and his Doctor of Education from Hofstra University. In addition to Dr. Hernandez’s work in academia, he has worked for over thirty years serving individuals with special needs. He has held positions ranging in scope from direct care service provider to classroom instructor to various administrative capacities. Most recently as an administrator with the Brookville Center for Children’s Services at Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park, NY as well as at United Cerebral Palsy of Westchester in Purchase, NY. Dr. Hernandez’s areas of research include the edTPA portfolio assessment, collaborative teaming, interdisciplinary intervention and the management of children’s challenging behavior. His teaching interests include understanding emotional and behavioral disorders of children and youth as well as the assessment and diagnosis of young children with developmental delays and disabilities.

Dr. Hernandez is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association for the Education of the Young Child, The American Academy of Special Education Professionals, and The International Association of Special Education. Dr. Hernandez also serves on several state-wide boards representing children with and without disabilities including the New York State Council for Exceptional Children as well as the Nassau County Chapter for Association for the Education of Young Children.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (4)


Special Education

Teacher Certification

Early Childhood Special Education

Education (3)

Hofstra University: EdD, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 2013

Fordham University: Professional Diploma, Educational Administration 1995

Long Island University: MS, Education, Guidance Counseling 1982

Media Appearances (1)

East Islip High School program connects students with internships in life skills

Newsday  print


Stephen J. Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Specialized Programs in Education, was interviewed by Newsday about an unpaid internship program for adult special education students in East Islip that gives them on the job training in various trades, like auto repair and machine maintenence. “I think experiential learning is great for everyone, whether you have a disability or not,” said Professor Hernandez. “Experiential learning, I think, is so important to get those life skills or to be able to live as independently as possible.”

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Event Appearances (6)

Invited Presenter

First annual conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders  College of New Rochelle, NY



New York State Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference  New York



NYS Council for Exceptional Children Annual State Conference  New York


Invited Presenter

Annual Conference on Autism at Hofstra University  New York



International Association of Special Education Biennial Conference  Vancouver, British Columbia



NYS Council for Exceptional Children Annual State Conference  New York


Research Grants (2)

Hofstra Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (HECIS) grant program

U.S. Department of Education $1.25 million


The United States Department of Education awarded Hofstra University’s Department of Special Education in the School of Education a $1.25 million grant to launch the MSEd in Special Education Early Childhood Intervention to train highly qualified teachers who will serve the needs of preschool age children (birth to 5 years) with disabilities. This is a five-year grant, which began in 2013-2014. Hofstra’s Department of Special Education receives $250,000 per academic year.

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Hofstra Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Professionals (HECIP) Program

U.S. Department of Education $1.25 million


The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $1.25 million grant -- $250,000 per year over a five-year period -- to Hofstra University’s Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Professionals (HECIP) program to prepare highly qualified teachers to support young children with disabilities and their families. Through the program, a total of 51 college graduates (broken up into four cohorts) will be recruited for a dual certification master’s degree program in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education and trained to serve young children with special needs. The grant is provided through the Department of Education’s Personnel Preparation program, which helps address needs for qualified special education personnel and ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge needed to serve children with special needs.

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Articles (1)

Collaboration in Special Education: Its History, Evolution, and Critical Factors Necessary for Successful Implementation

U.S. China Education Review

2013 Collaboration in education is seen as a legal mandate, best practice in teacher practice, and necessary for the inclusion of children with special needs. Over the years, there have been a number of evolutionary incarnations of the collaborative model, each possessing various ingredients identified as important, if not essential, components of a successful professional relationship. This article provides the reader with a review of the literature regarding collaboration in education, particularly in reference to the service of students with special needs. In addition to identifying those aspects of collaboration that have been deemed critical to its success, this article also discusses the characteristics found to challenge effective collaboration.

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