Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Advanced Graduate Certificate

The program is designed for in-service teachers and other interested parties. It satisfies the NYS Requirements for English as a New Language Programs under Part 154. (“Certified teacher trained in cultural competency, language development and the needs of ENL students”). The target audience for this advanced certificate will mainly be current content (7-12) and classroom (K-6) teachers.

Admission Requirements:

  • Must hold a valid NY State certificate in a classroom teaching title. Those with pending certification or certification from another state will not be admissible.
  • Must hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 12 credits in language other than English. However, this requirement can be waived if already fulfilled in another degree program.
  • Official transcripts
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals
  • GPA: A 3.0 or better (out of a 4.0) quality grade point average
  • Students applying to the program need to take one of the following exams: GRE, GMAT, Miller’s Analogies, Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators, or successful completion of the edTPA.

Program Requirements (15 credits):

E Tap 501 - The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (3)
E Tap 550 - Approaches to English Grammar (3)
E Tap 631 - Introduction to Language in Education (3)
E Tap 635 - Teaching Methodology for English Language Learners (3)
E Tap 653 - Language, Literacy, and Technology (3)

Please note: This program is licensure qualifying. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Additional Program/NYSED Requirements:

  • Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Training
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) Training
  • DASA Training

As an approved teacher preparation program with the New York State Education Department, there may be additional certification requirements applicable. These requirements may include, but are not limited to additional workshops. Certification procedures and requirements are outlined on the School of Education’s Teacher Certification website (http://www.albany.edu/education/teacher_certification.php).