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Certificate of Graduate Study

English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

Program of Study

Certificate coursework covers approaches to English as a new language (ENL) pedagogy and learning technologies for foreign language classrooms.

The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Learn how to design TESOL lesson plans and content, construct test items, and assess reading, writing, and audiolingual skills. This course includes interaction with students learning English as a second language.

Second Language Learning

Study language acquisition theories, psycholinguistics, and the sociolinguistic aspects of second language learning. Topics include learning and aging, motivation, learning styles, and acquisition of reading and writing skills.

Approaches to English Grammar

Increase your knowledge of English grammar and master aspects of the language that are fundamental to successfully teaching English to new language learners.

Perspectives in Bilingual Education

This course covers contemporary issues in bilingual education theory, research, and practice. Topics include as developmental needs, standards, assessment, and methods for promoting engaged and critical reading and speaking.

Directed Field Experience

The fieldwork requirement enables you to gain practical instructional skills in an educational setting that's aligned with your career goals.


See graduate bulletin for details.
For more information contact Istvan Kecskes at


Fast Path for Career Changers

Featuring the graduate EFL certificate on your resume lets global education employers know you're prepared to teach non-native speakers around the world how to read, write, and converse in English.

You can enroll with or without a background in teaching or English studies. And because you can finish in less time than a master's program, you can quickly move into your new career teaching English in other countries – even if you're coming into it from a different area of study, such as business, computer science, or economics.

Earning this credential at UAlbany also helps you make potential career connections as you become part of a large alumni network of respected education professionals.

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Admissions Requirements


Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Not Available
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling
Required Credentials & Deadlines

Required Application Materials:

  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (Must be letters from faculty attesting to academic ability)
  • Statement of Goals

Note: Applicants must have completed one undergraduate or graduate linguistics course, and 12 credits in a foreign language and have a 3.0 GPA. IELTS exam not accepted in lieu of TOEFL.


Special Notes

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. 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.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529