The Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Certification Option

Admission has been suspended as of Summer 2020 while the program is being redesigned. 

This program leads to New York State K-12 certification in TESOL. Applicants must have a minimum of 12 credits in a language other than English and an introductory course in linguistics (3 credits). A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required a well as GRE test scores for admission.

Program of Study (48 Credits)

Required Core Courses (39 credits)

  • E Psy 522 Adolescent Development (3)
  • E Spe 560 Introduction to Human Exceptionality (3)
  • E Tap 501 TESOL Methodology (3)
  • E Tap 536 Second Language Learning (3)
  • E Tap 550/A Lin 552 Approaches to English Grammar (3)
  • E Tap 598 Directed Field Experience in Education (3)
  • E Tap 635 Methods for Teaching Limited English Proficiency Children (3)
  • E Tap 652B Perspectives in Bilingual Education (3)
  • E Tap 690T TESOL: Guided Field Experience and Seminar (12)
  • Choose one of the following for 3 credits:
    • E Tap 680 Research Seminar: Critical Introduction to Educational Research Paradigms (3)
    • E Tap 681 Research Seminar: Research in Practice (3)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

  • Choose one technology course for 3 credits:
    • E Tap 634 Using Media in the Language Classroom (3)
    • E Tap 653 Language, Literacy, and Technology (3)
    • Other technology course as advised (3)
  • Choose one linguistics course for 3 credits:
    • A Lin 521 Introduction to Syntactic Theory (3) A
    • A Lin 522 Introduction to Phonetics & Phonology (3)
    • E Tap 631 Introduction to Language in Education (3)
    • Other linguistics course as advised (3)
  • Choose one language and culture course for 3 credits:
    • A Ant 524 Language and Culture (3)
    • A Com 577 Culture and Communication (3)
    • E Tap 610/ E Ltl 610 Literacy in Society (3)
    • E Tap 657/ E Ltl 657 Reading in a Second Language (3)
    • Other language and culture course as advised (3)

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 you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.

Additional Program/NYSED Requirements:

  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) Training
  • Child Abuse Identification and Reporting 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 ( This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State and the institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state.