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 York 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.
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 for AL and TESOL General. 12 points for TESOL PK-12.):
Core Courses (9 points; see below for each track)
Elective and Breadth Courses (12 points for AL and TESOL General only. For TESOL PK-12, see below.):
Students can normally expect to complete the M.A. in Applied Linguistics or TESOL in four semesters (i.e., two years).
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 all required New York State exams for initial certification, including the edTPA. For more information, please visit the edTPA website.
New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.
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):
Elective and Breadth Courses (12 points, different from above)