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Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

TESOL Pre-K-12: NYS Certification - Advanced Certificate


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Program Coordinator

Tim Farnsworth
1013 West Building
(212) 650-3376
tfarnswo@hunter.cuny.edu

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.

Program 1 (Academic Plan: TESOL-AC) is for those with a master’s or doctoral degree in TESOL, Linguistics or Applied Linguistics with no prior NYS certification.

Program 2 (Academic Plan: TESFESL-AC) is for those with a master’s degree and prior NYS certification.

Admission Requirements


Program 1

For applicants who do not hold NYS certification

  1. A master’s degree or doctoral degree from an accredited institution 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.
  2. 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.
  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. An on-site oral interview and an on-site writing sample may be required.
  6. Two professional references.
  7. A personal 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

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 ath/science/technology (a college course in calculus meets 6 credits of this requirement).
  4. Two professional references.
  5. A personal statement.
  6. An on-site oral interview and an on-site writing sample may be required.
  7. NYS initial certification in one of the following areas: early childhood, childhood, middle childhood, or adolescent education; special subjects; students with disabilities; or literacy.
  8. Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Progress Standards


  1. Minimum GPA for Retention - Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to remain at Hunter College. Students whose grades fall below this standard are required to raise their GPAs to at least 3.0 within one semester.
  2. No F in the first two semesters—students who receive a grade of F(WU) in any course in the first two semesters will not be allowed to continue in the program.
  3. Progress holds due to Incomplete Grades - Students with two or more INs will not be allowed to register for any courses.
  4. Key Course Performance Standards
    • Students must receive a grade of at least a B in certain key program courses. (to be determined by programs, labeled in CUNY First, and noted in the catalog)
    • Students who receive a grade of F/WU in certain key program courses may not continue in the program (to be determined by programs, labeled in CUNY First, and noted in the catalog).

Course of Study


Academic Plans

Total Credits

TESOL-AC: 15 - 27
TESFESL-AC: 18

Exit Requirements


  1. An overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Program 2 students must maintain a valid and appropriate NYS certification.
  3. A passing score on the comprehensive examination or e-portfolio requirement.
  4. A grade of at least a B in fieldwork/clinical teaching classes.
  5. Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop.

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