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Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

TESOL Pre-K-12 - Advanced Certificate

Program Coordinator

Laura Baecher
1103 West Building
(212) 772-4747

The TESOL post-masters, advanced certificate programs are designed to educate people who wish to teach students for whom English is a second or foreign language – either children or adolescents. The skill of teaching English to speakers of other languages is acquired through studying specialized methods and techniques that differ from those used by teachers of English to native speakers. This preparation is the focus of the programs in TESOL which also lead to certification in ESOL PreK-12.

Admission Requirements

Program 1

For applicants who do not hold NYS certification

1. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 from an accredited bachelor’s degree program; or a graduate GPA of at least 3.5 from an accredited master’s or doctoral degree program in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or Linguistics.

2. A Master’s degree or doctoral degree in TESOL, Linguistics, or Applied Linguistics, including specific coursework (of at least 3 credits each) in TESOL Methodology, Introduction to Linguistics, Analysis and Structure of English, Theories of Second Language Acquisition, and Sociolinguistics or Pragmatics. Any applicant lacking up to 8 credits of these pre-requisite content courses or fieldwork hours may be accepted into the program on the condition that they complete these credits before they begin their Student Teaching or Practicum requirement in the program.

3. A liberal arts or sciences major of at least 30 credits.

4. A general education core in liberal arts and sciences to include: 12 credits of foreign language documented on a transcript or equivalent credits as demonstrated through a standardized proficiency test like the College Level Examination Program (CLEP); 6 credits in English, 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography); 3 credits in the arts; and 12 credits in math, science and technology (a college course in calculus satisfies 6 credits of this requirement).

5. Satisfactory communication skills, as demonstrated through an interview and a short written essay to be completed as part of the application for matriculation.

6. Two professional references.

7. A written statement, explaining why the applicant is interested in obtaining PreK-12 certification in TESOL.

8. Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Program 2 - Additional Certificate

For students with prior NYS certification

1. A master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0.

2. College coursework in Linguistics and English Grammar.

3. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following: 6 credits in English, 12 credits in a language other than English at the college level, 6 credits in social studies (with at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography), and 12 credits in math/science/technology (a college course in calculus meets 6 credits of this requirement).

4. Two professional references.

5. A personal statement.

6. Satisfactory communication skills, as demonstrated through an oral interview and an on-site writing sample.

7. Proof of NYS certification in one of the following areas: Early Childhood, Childhood, Middle Childhood, or Adolescent Education; Special Subjects; Students with Disabilities; or Literacy.

Progress Standards

A. 12-credit Progress Standards

1. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in order to continue in the program.

2. Students with more than one course grade below B in the first 12 credits will not be allowed to continue in the program.

3. Students who receive a grade of F in any course in the first 12 credits will not be allowed to continue in the program.

4. Students with one grade of IN (Incomplete) within the first 12 credits are restricted from registering for more than one additional course. Those with two or more INs will not be allowed to register for any courses.
Note: It is recommended that when not enrolled in any course students take an official leave of absence to complete their INs.


B. Fieldwork Benchmarks

  • All field experiences and student teaching will take place in New York City public schools.

  • Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+ or C in a supervised field experience or student teaching or practicum course must apply to the chairperson of the department for permission to repeat that course, which may be repeated only once. Any student who receives a grade of F or WU may not reregister and will not be allowed to continue in the program.

  • Student teaching and practicum courses listed as “by permission only” will require that students have passed the EAS and the relevant CST certification exams.

  • Students must have no outstanding IN grades or admissions conditions in order to be given permission for registration.

Course of Study

Total Credits

Program 1 - 17-29 
Program 2 - 15

Exit Requirements

1. An overall GPA of 3.0.

2. Program 2 students must maintain a valid and appropriate NYS certification.

3. Demonstrate graduate-level academic oral and written communication skills in their coursework, and the ability to serve as appropriate models of the English language for their future students. Students who cannot demonstrate this level of language ability must take a non-credit writing course offered by the School of Education in order to enroll in any courses after completing 12 credits.

4. A passing score on the comprehensive examination.

5. Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop.