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Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in TESOL 

With Initial Certification to Teach ENL (also called ESL) in the NYS Public School System (All Grades)

21 cr. / 1 year to complete with two summers​.

Program Director: Lauren Heffernan

Queens College Program Code: 879

For NYSED program codes for certification purposes, see the Certification Office Program Code search tool found here.

We offer flexible tracks for our graduate programs (MSED/ MA/Post Master's Advanced Certificate) that include hybrid and fully online classes. ​


As of January 29, 2018, NYSED has suspended the requirements for GREs for Certified Teachers.

Candidates who will begin summer or fall 2018 will no longer be required to take the GREs if they will have their certification by this time.

Candidates who will enter the program as uncertified teachers (44 credits) will still need to take the GREs. 

Please note that the requirements for GREs and this suspension were not made by Queens College or this program.

Thanks for your understanding.


  • Applicants must hold a current, valid New York State (NYS) initial or professional (permanent) 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; must  submit their Graduate Record Examination scores.
  • 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 (but with classes beginning the prior summer).
  • Admitted students may begin their studies in the Summer Session. They must make an  appointment with the Program Director by the end of their first Fall semester for advisement (Program of Study and certification requirements).
  • A maximum of 6 credits of transfer is allowed.
  • NEW!:  Application deadline now July 31 for Fall 2021 matriculation.

Graduate Application  


Additional Certification Requirements

  • Language Other Than English: A minimum of 12 credits or the equivalent of study of a language other than English (LOTE). Students may be granted the equivalence of 3-12 LOTE credits of this requirement (without the awarding of actual college credits) by exam.

    • CLEP Exams: A score of 50 on the CLEP exams in French, Spanish, or German will count as equivalent to 6 credits. A score of 59 in French, 60 in German, and 63 in Spanish will provide the equivalence of 9 credits.

    • NYU Exams: Other credit-equivalence for the purpose of this requirement options include New York University Foreign Language Proficiency tests, which include over 40 languages. A score of 12 points will be equivalent to 9 credits, and 16 points for 12 credits.

    • European Union Official Exams: Level A1 = 3 credits, A2 = 6 credits, B1 = 9 credits, B2 = 12 Credits. These exams are given at semi-official cultural institutions such as the Cervantes Institute, Alliance Française, Instituto Italiano di Cultura, and the Goethe Institute.

  • Scores and credits may be combined as long as they involve different languages (e.g., CLEP 50 in German and 6 college credits of Korean; 4 college credits of Japanese, 8 credits of Spanish). College credits in American Sign Language are accepted. Other systems of showing LOTE learning such as Military Language Proficiency Tests are also acceptable at the discretion of the program. LCD 101 or 102, although they meet the Language College Option Requirements, are not accepted.

  • Candidates must also pass the Content Specialty Test in ENL teaching.


Course Work Requirements

LCD 701.  Introduction to Linguistics3 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. (Summer; 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.  (Summer; 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. (Fall)


Course Plans (assuming no transfers) Choose A or B

  1st Summer Fall Spring 2nd Summer (June)
A LCD 701
LCD 702
LCD 706
LCD 740
LCD 712
LCD 741
LCD 742
B LCD 701
LCD 706
LCD 702
LCD 740
LCD 712
LCD 741
LCD 742
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