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Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in TESOL

Leads to Initial Certification to Teach ESL in the NYS Public School System (All Grades)

Program Code 879

Admissions

  • Applicants must hold a current, valid New York State (NYS) initial or professional teaching certificate in any area; must have earned a master’s degree; must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their master’s degree program.
  • An interview may be requested.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited American institution of higher education must submit proof of having passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores: 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test), 100 (Internet-based test).
  • Fall matriculation only. Admitted students may begin their studies in the Summer.
  • Application deadline: April 1.
  • For an application packet, contact the Graduate Admissions office.
  • For non-matriculated admission, contact the LCD office.

 

Course Work Requirements

This is a 21 credit program, consisting of the following 7 courses (6 credits of transfer, approved by the Program Director, is the maximum allowed):

LCD 701. Introduction to Linguistics. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Structural aspects of language most relevant to the ESL and/or literacy teacher. (Summer; Fall)

LCD 702. Teaching English Sentence Structure I. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq. or coreq.: LCD 701. Introduction to the grammar of English and applications to teaching ESL, Part I. (Fall)

LCD 706. Bilingualism. 3 cr.; 3 hr.
Prereq. or coreq.: LCD 701. Sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic properties of bilingualism, legal history, and educational foundations of bilingual education. Bilingual education will be compared to other approaches. An emphasis is placed on the implications of bilingualism for ESL and/or literacy teachers. (Summer; Fall)

LCD 712. Multiple Literacies in TESOL. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq. or coreq.: LCD 741. This course provides a strong background in the teaching of the multiple literacies that English language learners need to thrive in today = s technologically changing society. The class explores the teaching of traditional alphabetic literacy skills involved in the English Language Arts. It also prepares students for instruction in emerging forms of communication, including media literacy, information literacy, and information technology. Components include assessment, methods, and materials development. (Spring)

LCD 740. Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. 3 hr. plus 25 hr. of fieldwork; 3 cr.
Prereq. or coreq.: LCD 701. Introduction to the linguistic and pedagogical theories and methods of teaching ESL. There is a field experience requirement at various school settings in conformity with New York State certification requirements. Classes may sometimes be held at these off-campus locations. (Fall)

LCD 741. Methods and Materials of TESOL: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing. 3 hr. plus 25 hr. of fieldwork tutorial plus 10 full days of student teaching; 3 cr.
Prereq.: LCD 702 and 740. This course is a comprehensive review of the methods and materials used in TESOL/ESL classes to teach the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The class covers how to adapt methods and materials to suit learner populations of different ages and at varying levels of English proficiency. The role of instructional technology (e.g. audiovisual, multimedia, computers in ESL instruction) will also be addressed. There is a field experience requirement at various school settings and a supervised student teaching requirement in ESL classes at either the elementary or secondary level. Classes may sometimes be held at these off-campus locations. (Spring)

LCD 742. Methods and Materials of TESOL: The Content Areas. 3 hr. plus 10 full days of student teaching; 3 cr.
Prereq.: LCD 741. In this course students learn the principles and practices for TESOL/ESL through academic content areas such as mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. Readings , model lessons, and authentic materials are used to examine the theoretical issues involved and apply them to teaching practices for ESL learners at the elementary and secondary levels. There is a supervised student teaching requirement in ESL classes at either the elementary or secondary level, complementing the level of student teaching in LCD 741. (Fall)

 

Sample Programs

1. Summer:
Fall:
Spring:
Fall:
701, 706
702, 740
712, 741
742
2. Summer:
Fall:
Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
701
702, 740
712, 741
706
742
 
3. Fall:
Spring:
Fall:
701, 702, 740
712, 741
706, 742
4. Fall:
Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
701, 702, 740
712, 741
706
742
 
5. Fall:
Spring:
Fall:
701, 702, 706, 740
712, 741
742

 

 

 

 

Certification Requirements

Candidates accepted into the program must also satisfy the following NYS certification requirements prior to graduation (course deficiencies must be made up in consultation with the Program Director):

  • a broad liberal arts background that includes courses in English / comparative literature / literary criticism; American history; mathematics; biological sciences; physical sciences; information technology; social sciences; 12 semester hours or the equivalent of study of a language other than English
  • a course in both Child Development / Psychology and Adolescent Development / Psychology
  • passing the Content Specialty Test in TESOL
  • completion of seminars (child abuse; substance abuse; school violence; school safety)
 
     



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