Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Master's Degree & Advanced Certificate

Being able to communicate effectively in English continues to be a skill that is needed throughout the world. There is a growing demand for teachers locally and nationwide who are specially trained to work with English as a Second Language and bilingual students in the classroom.

D'Youville offers a master's degree (MSEd) as well as an advanced certificate in TESOL. Both programs open a range of job opportunities in elementary and secondary schools in this high-demand field.

Choose One of Two Options:

Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.S.Ed. in TESOL)

  • D'Youville's TESOL 36-credit program offers a master's degree (MSEd) and initial certification to teach ESL in Kindergarten through 12th grade in New York State.
  • This program is appropriate for individuals with a bachelor's degree and includes 36 credits of coursework and student teaching, as required for teaching certification through New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Advanced Certificate in TESOL

  • D'Youville's 18-credit advanced certificate in TESOL is designed for individuals who are already licensed to teach and wish to train as ESL classroom teachers.


Beyond public and private school classrooms, TESOL is also cited as a qualification for careers, including:

  • instructors in community-based adult ESL education programs or refugee centers which offer English-language services
  • faculty members in tertiary education
  • community college ESL instructors
  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers
  • program directors of language schools abroad

Doctoral Studies

A master's degree in TESOL can also serve as a beginning step for students who wish to pursue an academic Ph.D. program in TESOL or Second Language Acquisition. Many students enter doctoral programs in educational leadership, higher education, educational administration or other specialties.

D'Youville Distinctions

  • Small class sizes with 10-15 students per class for a meaningful learning experience
  • One-to-one contact with expert teaching faculty
  • Courses offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, 5:30-8:15 PM, so you can work and attend graduate school at the same time
  • Flexible options to go full-time (3 courses per semester) or part-time (1-2 courses per semester)

Note to applicants: Be sure to check out the application and admission requirements for this program.

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