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Post-Baccalaureate Advanced Certificate in English Language Teaching

Interim Program Director: Lauren Heffernan

Program Code 865

(Not for NYS Certification)

This advanced certificate provides basic preparation for students to teach English as a New Language (ENL) (also called English as a Second Language (ESL) or English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL))​ at all venues other than the public school system (it does not lead to New York State teaching certification): e.g., private schools, adult education programs, English Language Institutes, colleges and universities, overseas programs. It is a credit bearing program: students who wish to pursue the MA in Applied Linguistics program will have their credits transferred upon admission.
All courses are taught Monday through Thursday beginning at 6:30pm. Both online/hybrid and in-person courses are available. Please contact us for details.​



  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (or its foreign university equivalent) and are required to submit three letters of recommendation and a personal essay of approximately 500 words.
  • 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 either having achieved a score of 600 or higher on the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or having passed the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) with a minimum Total score of 100 and a minimum Speaking score of 25.
  • An interview may be requested.
  • Fall matriculation only. Admitted students may begin their studies in the Summer.
  • Applicants must apply online through the Graduate Admissions website.
  • For non-matriculated admission, contact the LCD office.
  • NEW!:  Application deadline now July 31 for Fall 2021 matriculation.

Graduate Application 


Coursework requirements

The program consists of the following 7 courses (21 credits):

Fall – 3 courses (9 credits):

  • LCD 701 (Introduction to Linguistics)
    • May be taken in the preceding Summer Session
  • LCD 702 (Teaching English Sentence Structure I)
  • LCD 740 (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching)

Spring – 3 courses (9 credits):

  • LCD 741 (Methods and Materials of TESOL: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing)
  • LCD 703 (Teaching English Sentence Structure II)
  • LCD 720 (Teaching English Sound Structure)

Summer – 1 course (3 credits):

  • LCD 750 (Practicum in Adult TESOL)

Course Descriptions

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

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.

LCD 720. Teaching English Sound Structure. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq. or coreq.: LCD 701. Introduction to the sound structure of English and applications to teaching ESL.

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. Classes may sometimes be held at these off-campus locations.

LCD 741. Methods and Materials of TESOL: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing. 3 hr. plus 25 hr. of fieldwork tutorial; 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. Classes may sometimes be held at these off-campus locations.

LCD 750. Practicum in Adult TESOL . 3 hr. plus 20 hr./wk of teaching experience; 3 cr.
Prereq.: LCD 741. Supervised teaching experience plus a weekly seminar focused on classroom-related issues in second language acquisition and instruction. This course does not fulfill the State Education requirements for certification in elementary or secondary schools.

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