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 TESOL program offers a master's degree (M.S.Ed.) and initial certification to teach ESL in in Kindergarten through 12th grade in New York State, as well as an advanced certificate in TESOL for individuals who are already licensed to teach and wish to train as ESL classroom teachers. Both the master's and certificate open a range of job opportunities in elementary and secondary schools.
Choose One of Two Options:
- Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.S.Ed. in TESOL)
- For individuals with a bachelor's degree who wish to earn a master's degree (M.S.Ed.) and initial teaching certification to teach ESL in Kindergarten through 12th grade in New York State. This includes 33 credits of coursework and student teaching required for teaching certification through New York State Department of Education.
- Advanced Certificate in TESOL
- Individuals who already have a valid initial or professional New York State teaching certificate may earn an advanced certificate in TESOL which extends the base certification to include licensure in TESOL. The certificate program consists of five academic courses on ESL teaching methods, second language acquisition and linguistics, and a 20-day student teaching practicum in an ESL classroom. Fall entrants may complete the certificate in one calendar year; spring entrants can complete the certificate in three semesters.
Beyond public and private school classrooms, an M.S.Ed in TESOL is also cited as a qualification for exciting 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
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.
- 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.