TESOL MA Initial

Master of Arts in TESOL Initial


We offer a 37-point Master of Arts degree in TESOL leading toward PK-12 Initial New York State Teacher Certification. Through comprehensive and innovative coursework, hands-on experiences in New Yotk City public schools, and research projects, you’ll explore the teaching and learning of English to PK-12 speakers of other languages.

Please note: We currently have no Professional Certification program for students who already have Initial Certification or are teaching full-time. Students wishing to teach in a public school in a state other than New York are advised to consult the certification requirements for that state.

Master of Arts

  • Major Code: TESL-INIT
  • Points/Credits: 37
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Certification

  • NY State Initial: English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-K-12

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Early): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • See program website for TOEFL/IELTS policies and score minimums for non-native English speakers
  • Video essay required (included in online application)

Master of Arts (36-37 points)

The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program offers a Master of Arts degree with three tracks: Applied Linguistics, TESOL General, and TESOL K-12 with Initial Certification. Please see the track descriptions below for detailed curriculum information.

Students earning the Masters of Arts degree have four types of requirements: general courses, core courses (specific to each track), elective and breadth courses, and an exit project. All course decisions should be made in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. The core, elective, and breadth courses for each track are included below.

General Courses (15 points):

  • A&HL 4085: Pedagogical English grammar (3)
  • A&HL 4087: Introduction to second language acquisition (3)
  • A&HL 4088: Second language assessment (3)
  • A&HL 4101: Phonetics and phonology (3)
  • One Language use course from the following:
    • A&HL 4001: Sociolinguistics and education (3)
    • A&HL 4104: Discourse analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4105: Conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4106: Text and textuality (3)

Core Courses (9 points; see below for each track)

Elective and Breadth Courses (12 points; for AL and TESOL General, see below for TESOL PK-12):

  • Elective courses or workshops in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (3-6 points):
    • A&HL 4001: Sociolinguistics and education (3)
    • A&HL 4089: Teaching writing to ESL students (3)
    • A&HL 4104: Discourse analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4105: Conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4106: Text and textuality (3)
    • A&HL 5008: Interlanguage analysis (3)
    • A&HL 5011: Technology-based language teaching and material design (3)
    • A&HL 5020: Interactional sociolinguistics (3)
    • A&HL 5085: Advanced syntax (3)
    • A&HL 5087: SLA in the classroom (3)
    • A&HL 5105: Classroom discourse (3)
    • A&HL 5106: Language socialization (3)
    • A&HL 5512: Historical perspectives on language testing research (3)
    • A&HL 5519: Instructed second language acquisition and assessment (3)
    • A&HL 6031: Advanced conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 6040: Classroom-based language assessment (3)
    • A&HL 6060: Generalizability theory for second language assessment research (3)
    • A&HL 6087: Advanced second language acquisition (3)
    • A&HL 6089: Second language performance assessment (3)
    • A&HL 6097: Task-based language learning (3)
  • Required out-of-program breadth TC courses (6 points total):
    • Chosen with advisor’s approval.

Exit Project:

  • In addition to course requirements, students must complete a master’s project written on a research topic arising from their course-related interests and subject to approval by their advisor. This project can be a literature review, a teacher development literature review, or an empirical study, and is normally completed during the last semester of study.

Students can normally expect to complete the M.A. in Applied Linguistics or TESOL in four semesters (i.e., two years).

Master of Arts in TESOL, PK-12 Initial Certification Track (37 points)

The TESOL PK-12 Initial Certification track offers a 37-point Master of Arts degree in TESOL leading toward Initial New York State Teacher Certification. We currently have no Professional Certification program for students who already have Initial Certification or are teaching full-time. Students wishing to teach in a public school in a state other than New York are advised to consult the certification requirements for that state.

Candidates applying for initial certification in New York will be required to take and pass the edTPA. Information about edTPA is incorporated into the TESOL PK-12 Initial Certification curriculum. edTPA is a student-centered multiple measure assessment of teaching. For more information, please visit the edTPA website.

All courses must be passed with a grade of B- or above to count toward Initial New York State Certification.

General Courses and Exit Project (12 points; see above)

Core Courses in TESOL, PK-12 (13 points):

  • A&HL 4076             TESOL methodologies for PK-6 (3)
  • A&HL 4171             TESOL methodologies for 7-12 (3)
  • A&HL 4185             Pedagogical approaches in the content areas for teachers of PK-12 ESL (3)
  • A&HL 4776             Supervised student teaching in TESOL: PK-6 (2)
  • A&HL 4777             Supervised student teaching in TESOL: 7-12 (2)

Elective and Breadth Courses (12 points; different from above)

  • Elective courses or workshops in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (3 points):
    • A&HL 4001             Sociolinguistics (3)
    • A&HL 4104             Discourse analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4105             Conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4106             Text and textuality (3)
    • A&HL 5105             Classroom discourse (3)
    • A&HL 5106             Language socialization (3)
    • A&HL 5011             Tech-based language teaching and materials design (3)
    • A&HL 5087             Second language acquisition in the classroom (3)
    • A&HL 6040             Classroom-based language assessment (3)
  • One out-of-program course from each of the following three categories (9 points):
    • Bilingual/bicultural education or Foundations of education and urban education (3)
      • A&HB 4020             Bilingualism and disabilities
      • A&HB 4021             Foundations of bilingual/bicultural education
      • A&HB 4024             Linguistics foundations of bilingual/bicultural education
      • A&HB 4075             Cross-cultural communication and classroom ecology
      • A&HB 4121             Bilingual/bicultural curriculum design
      • A&HH 4076             History of urban education
      • C&T 4078                Curriculum and teaching in urban areas
      • C&T 4501                Teaching and learning in the multicultural classroom
      • EDPS 4022              Sociology of urban education
      • ITSF 4060                Latinos in urban schools
      • Various topics courses in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
    • Elementary and secondary education (3)
      • A&HF 4090             Philosophies of education
      • A&HF 4091             Call to teach
      • A&HW 4036            The teaching of social studies
      • A&HW 5030            Diversity and the social studies curriculum
      • A&HW 5223            Oral history as a multidisciplinary teaching tool
      • C&T 4124                Curriculum development in elementary education
      • C&T 4133                Learning and teaching in the intermediate reading and writing classroom
      • C&T 4141                Literature for older children
      • C&T 4151                Teaching of writing
      • C&T 5037                Literacy, culture, and the teaching of reading
      • HUDK 4022             Developmental psychology: Childhood
      • HUDK 4023             Developmental psychology: Adolescence
      • MSTC 4040             Science in childhood education
      • MSTC 4042             Multicultural science education
      • MSTC 4044             Biology curriculum and methods laboratory
      • MSTC 4046             Chemistry curriculum and methods laboratory
      • MSTC 4140             Lab methods and experiences
      • MSTM 5010             Mathematics in elementary school
      • MSTM 5011             Mathematics in secondary school
    • Teaching students with learning disabilities (3)
      • C&T 4000              Disability, exclusion, and schooling
      • C&T 4001              Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms
      • C&T 4046              Curriculum and instruction in secondary inclusive education
      • C&T 4047              Curriculum development in secondary inclusive education
      • C&T 4301              Formal assessment of exceptional students
      • C&T 5080              Access to full participation in schools
      • HBSE 4001           Teaching students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms

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