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Master of Science 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL K-12 certification path)

Program of Study

While this program is not fully online, many courses are offered online.

Core Courses

  • Adolescent Development
  • Introduction to Human Exceptionality
  • Approaches to English Grammar
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Second Language Learning
  • Perspectives in Bilingual Education
  • Methods for Teaching Limited English Proficiency Children

Research Seminar (choose one)

  • Critical Introduction to Educational Research Paradigms
  • Research in Practice

Technology Elective (choose one)

  • Using Media in the Language Classroom
  • Language, Literacy, and Technology

Linguistics Elective (choose one)

  • Introduction to Syntactic Theory
  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Language in Education

Language and Culture Elective (choose one)

  • Language and Culture
  • Culture and Communication
  • Literacy in Society
  • Reading in a Second Language

Guided Field Experience in TESOL

To meet NYS teacher education requirements, the program includes 100 hours of field experience.

Guided Field Experience and TESOL Seminar

To meet NYS teacher education requirements, the program includes 2 semesters of student teaching at elementary and secondary levels.

Gain Research Experience

UAlbany is an R1-classified research university. As a TESOL master's student, you may have an opportunity to participate in special internships or grant-funded research projects on language learning/teaching.

Additional NYS Training Requirements

NOTE: Meet with your advisor and/or program director to review the current NYS Training program requirements.


Want to learn more about the program? Informational meetings held every Tuesday at 8pm on Zoom. Meeting ID is 542-613-538. We'll talk about courses, milestones, certification processes, application requirements, and answer questions. Can't make it to the meeting? Contact Hope Shuttleworth at hshuttleworth@albany.edu with any program questions you have.

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information call 518-442-5090 or email etapcpn@albany.edu.


Launch Your TESOL Career

With the significant enrollment increase of English Language Learners nationwide, English language teachers are in high demand. The master's program qualifies you for NYS certification in TESOL that enables you to apply for K-12 ENL/ESL positions in the state of New York .

Completing this TESOL graduate program tells potential employers that you are eligible to teach children and adolescents to read, write, and speak in English, and to support English language learners in K-12 schools.

UAlbany is widely respected for its teacher preparation programs throughout New York State and across the nation. Completing this program allows you to connect to a large alumni network of education professionals that includes teachers, principals, superintendents, policy makers, and program directors.

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Alternate Master's (non-certification path)

If you aren't interested in working in public elementary or secondary schools, in the state of New York, you may consider the 36-credit TESOL master's that's not built to meet curriculum requirements for NYS K-12 teacher certification. The non-certification-based program prepares you to work with adult English language learners in the United States or abroad.

Special Admissions Requirements
Prior to admission, you need to have completed one college-level linguistics course and 12 college credits in a foreign language.

Admissions Requirements

Required Credentials & Deadlines

Required Application Materials:

  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two letters of academic recommendation from Professors)
  • One of the following entrance exams:  GRE, edTPA, GMAT or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
  • Statement of Goals
  • 1 introductory course in linguistics and 12 credits in world language/culture

Please visit the University at Albany TESOL website for information regarding additional enrollment requirements.

The deadline for application to this program is rolling in the Fall and Summer, Department Assistantship Consideration is not available. 

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • Our students demonstrate the ability to integrate educational theory in the service of guiding effective instructional decision making.
  • Our students use technology effectively to support collaboration and engagement in the process of knowledge construction.
  • Our students promote meaningful, engaged learning for diverse students, regardless of their race, gender, ethnic heritage, or cultural background

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