Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MST

30 credits

NYSED 25421/25419

This program exposes teacher candidates to contemporary understandings about language, communication, and language education emphasizing the development of English as an additional language in K through 12th grades. Courses explore research-based instructional practices which promote cognitive and emotional growth, academic learning, cultural and linguistic development, and enhanced understanding of the purposes and functions of using English to interact with others in diverse settings. 

This program is not available to individuals with an F-1 visa status. Individuals interested in a master’s degree in TESOL without initial teaching certification should refer to the English as a World Language M.S. program in the section on Non-certification Programs.

Applicants to all childhood programs must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Education and the requirements for admission to initial teacher education programs.

In addition, applicants for any of the childhood programs must have the following:

  • an undergraduate degree in one of the liberal arts or sciences related to the areas of the New York state student learning standards, including English, American, or comparative literature; mathematics; an area of science; modern languages; media studies; women’s studies; political science; computer science; information science; communications; history; sociology; anthropology; economics; the arts; or psychology
  • college-level study in the following general education core areas: artistic expression, concepts in history and social sciences, a language other than English, scientific and mathematical processes, written analysis and expression, and communication

In addition, candidates for the bilingual extension must provide evidence of their competence in a language other than English by fulfilling one of the following three options:

  1. Taking and obtaining a passing score on the ACTFL Language Test (oral and written) in the target language;
  2. Documentation in transcripts of having completed undergraduate studies in the target language; or
  3. Agreeing to complete successfully two courses in the target language

Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for graduate study and for initial teacher education programs, candidates for the TESOL program must have the following:

  • International candidates for whom English is an additional language are required to take and achieve a passing score in one of two tests: the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELT (International English Language Test). The following scores are the recommended minimum current* test scores for English language proficiency for admission to the Graduate School of Education:
    • IELTS1: 7 for General Test score, no subtest can be lower than 6
    • TOEFL1: 577 for paper test, 90 for Internet-based (IBT) test
  • 12 college credits in a language other than English
  • college-level study in the following general education core areas: history and social sciences, English written analysis and expression, and at least one college-level course in English Literature. These courses may be part of or taken in addition to a liberal arts major/concentration.
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Scores can be no more than two years old.

Program of Study

CourseTitleCredits
UEGE 5102HISTORICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, AND MULTICULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN EDUCATION3
CTGE 6781INSTRUCTING BILINGUAL SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS3
CTGE 5842SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND ASSESSMENT 13
CTGE 5845LEARNING CONTENT THROUGH LANGUAGE IN MULTILINGUAL CLASSROOMS 13
CTGE 5846TEACHING ENGLISH ORACY AND LITERACY TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES 13
CTGE 6401TEACHING THE STRUCTURE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE 13
PSGE 5316PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING3
or PSGE 5318 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: PRE-K–GRADE 12
CTGE 5849DESIGNING CULTURALLY AND TECHNOLOGICALLY RELEVANT INSTRUCTION3
CTGE 5841PRINCIPLES OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION 13
Clinical Experience and Student Teaching
CTGE 5848TESOL STUDENT TEACHING I 10
CTGE 5848TESOL STUDENT TEACHING I 13
Completion of Program Assessment0
CTGE 0712PORTFOLIO FOR TESOL 10
Total Credits30
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Courses require fieldwork. 

Required Workshops

The workshops listed below are required of all Initial Teaching (MST) programs as well as certain other programs related to NY state licensure.

CourseTitleCredits
EDGE 0230SCHOOLS AGAINST VIOLENCE EDUCATION WORKSHOP0
EDGE 0210CHILD ABUSE IDENTIFICATION AND REPORTING WORKSHOP0
EDGE 0260DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS TRAINING0
EDGE 0220DRUG, ALCOHOL, AND TOBACCO TRAINING0