Initial Teacher Preparation Programs:

College of Education
Office of the Dean
705 Maytum Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3311 phone
(716) 673-3794 fax

 

Curriculum & Instruction
E268 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3701 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Language, Learning & Leadership
E262 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3702 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MSEd)

Department of Language, Learning, and Leadership

 

Overview, Description and Purpose of Program

Housed in the College of Education and the Department of Language, Learning, and Leadership, the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed), TESOL K-12 degree program is a graduate-level program designed for both in-service and pre-service teachers. The M.S.Ed, TESOL K-12 program leads to initial and/or professional certification in TESOL K-12, depending upon the credentials with which the candidate enters this program. The TESOL K-12 degree program has options for two distinct groups of candidates:

  1. Option 1 (for candidates with a current NYS teacher certificate) Appropriate for candidates who have a baccalaureate degree and current New York State teacher certification in a core content area. These candidates must complete the 36-credit-hour program leading to the M.S.Ed. in TESOL. Note: New York State also requires proof of successful completion of at least 12 post-secondary credit hours of study in a language other than English (LOTE) for ESOL certification.
  2. Option 2 (for candidates without a current NYS teacher certificate) Appropriate for candidates who have a baccalaureate degree or a master's degree in a core content area but do not have current New York State teacher certification. These candidates must complete the 36 hour program leading to the MSEd in TESOL and must also complete coursework to compensate for deficiencies in prior preparation in the areas of Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours), Educational Psychology (3 credit hours), Special Education (3 credit hours, with field experience), Child Abuse Detection & Reporting (wkshp/1 credit hour); Tobacco, Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention (wkshp/1 credit hour), and Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)/Fire Safety & Arson Prevention (wkshp/1 credit hour). NOTE: New York State also requires proof of successful completion of at least 12 post-secondary credit hours of study in a language other than English (LOTE) for ESOL certification.

The M.S.Ed, TESOL K-12 degree program shares The Responsive Educator Program conceptual framework of the College of Education comprised of Planning, Instructing, Reflecting, and Responding (PIRR). It provides a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and dispositions upon which candidates can build and grow professionally.

Upon graduation, TESOL candidates are expected to be skilled in the recursive process (PIRR) that characterizes highly effective educators and adept in its application. Equally, they are expected to possess a sound professional knowledge base of general knowledge which enhances their ability to plan, instruct, reflect, and respond through appropriate assessment of students needed for the effective educations of ELL learners of various linguistic and cultural backgrounds; acquire knowledge of the history, politics, pedagogy, and critical issues related to TESOL and Bilingual Education programs; have knowledge of basic educational research, English language, (psycho-/socio-)linguistics, CALL and multimedia technology, and second language acquisition and pedagogy germane to the effective education of ELL learners.

TESOL Candidates are expected to apply the professional knowledge and skills they have acquired at SUNY-Fredonia and demonstrate competence and proficiency in effective instruction of ELL learners during student teaching as well as demonstrating competence and proficiency in conducting in-depth empirical and/or curriculum-related research. In addition, all candidates are expected to display dispositions which promote professional growth and development and adhere to the highest professional standards. Finally, all TESOL graduates are expected to be instructionally diverse, culturally responsive, and technologically proficient educators.


“We believe all children can learn, and that they can learn best
when taught by teachers who are responsive.”
If you are committed to life-enhancing multilingual and multicultural student learning, if you are prepared to teach and learn with and from students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, if you are willing to meet high and rigorous professional standards, then the TESOL graduate program at SUNY Fredonia is the right academic program for you.

TESOL at SUNY Fredonia is more than an advanced teaching degree. It is a rigorous academic program that trains pre-service and in-service teachers for professional careers in TESOL—Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and New York State Certification TESOL K-12. Students acquire a broad knowledge base and skills in teaching English and content areas to speakers of languages other than English both inside and outside the classroom. Courses in Language, Culture, Instruction, Assessment, and Professionalism have been streamlined to help you develop the necessary content and pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions of accomplished teaching in the TESOL K-12 field.



Requirements for Admission to SUNY Fredonia’s TESOL Program (Option 1)

The requirements for admission to SUNY Fredonia’s TESOL program without deficiencies are:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in an area of arts, science, or education.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • Current NYS Teaching Certificate
  • Completed Graduate Application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies including:
    1. two current (within six months) letters of recommendation, which include contact information as the TESOL Program Coordinator has the option of contacting anyone who has submitted a letter on your behalf; and 
    2. official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except SUNY Fredonia).
  • Language Proficiency Requirements
    • for Native Speakers of English:
      • A statement of your background and goals in addition to a resume (maximum 3 pages)
      • A graduate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in English which addresses the following question:  “Describe your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree.”
      • 12 post-secondary credit hours in a Language Other than English (LOTE), or an approved equivalency, in a single language.
      • A satisfactory intermediate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in a language other than English (LOTE).  Candidates may be accepted conditionally into the TESOL program without the LOTE essay.  Matriculation into the TESOL program is contingent upon the satisfactory evaluation of this essay.
    • for non-Native Speakers of English:
      • A statement of your background and goals in addition to a resume
      • A graduate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in English which addresses the following question:  “Describe your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree.”
      • A graduate level 800-1,200 word short essay in the candidate's native language.  This can be any academic paper (e.g., a paper from a college course).
      • Further stipulations as listed below under “Additional requirements for non-native speakers of English to the TESOL program”*

Requirements for Admission to SUNY Fredonia’s TESOL Program (Option 2)

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in an area of arts, science, or education.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • Completed Graduate Application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies including:
    1. two current (within six months) letters of recommendation, which include contact information as the TESOL Program Coordinator has the option of contacting anyone who has submitted a letter on your behalf; and 
    2. official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except SUNY Fredonia).
  • Language Proficiency Requirements
    • for Native Speakers of English:
      • A statement of your background and goals in addition to a resume (maximum three pages)
      • A graduate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in English which addresses the following question:  “Describe your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree.”
      • 12 post-secondary credit hours in a Language Other than English (LOTE), or an approved equivalency, in a single language.
      • A satisfactory intermediate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in a language other than English (LOTE).  Candidates may be accepted conditionally into the TESOL program without the LOTE essay.  Matriculation into the TESOL program is contingent upon the satisfactory evaluation of this essay.
    • for non-Native Speakers of English:
      • A statement of your background and goals in addition to a resume (maximum three pages)
      • A graduate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in English which addresses the following question:  “Describe your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree.”
      • A graduate level 800-1,200 word short essay in the candidate's native language.  This can be any academic paper (e.g., a paper from a college course).
      • Further stipulations as listed below under “Additional requirements for non-native speakers of English to the TESOL program”*

*Additional Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English to the TESOL Program (any aspect):

1.     The TESOL graduate program requires that non-native speakers of English show evidence of English proficiency by providing scores which are different from those required of the Graduate College.  Proof of proficiency may be shown by achieving the following test scores[1]

      • TOEFL: 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet)
      • IELTS (with no subsection below 6.0): 6.5 

Fredonia's school code for reporting the TOEFL and IELTS scores electronically is 2539.   International students who have been awarded a prior degree from the U.S., U.K./Ireland, Australia, Anglophone Canada, New Zealand, Anglophone Africa, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to applying to SUNY Fredonia are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS.

2.     International applicants must provide official copies of all previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation of each. Proof of an official certification of the award of any and all degrees must be provided.  Include documentation describing in which language the courses were taught.  The latter can be included in a separate document as a chart or statement.

3.     International applicants must also have transcripts translated and evaluated by WES (www.wes.org) or a similar agency against the American 4.0 standard.

 

Additionally, all International applicants must meet the requirements outlined by the Graduate Studies website which is as follows:

International applicants must submit the following additional materials, available in the downloadable forms section of the online application and at the International Student Home section of the Graduate Studies website (http://www.fredonia.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international.asp):

  • FSA-3 form; English Proficiency Report: International students must show proof of English competency. Applicants whose native language is English are exempt.
  • FSA-4 form: Financial Statement: All international applicants must submit evidence of full financial support for all expenses at SUNY Fredonia as a condition of being issued immigration documents for F-1 or J-1 status (i.e., the Certificate of Eligibility, form I-20AB or IAP-66). The FSA-4 form must be signed by both the applicant and the applicant's financial sponsor. The submitted form must contain an original signature.
  • Proof of financial support: Applicants must submit an original bank statement from the financial sponsor verifying the available funds. Only original financial documentation with original signatures and seals will be accepted.

While an admission decision can be made without the financial documentation, the I-20 or DS-2019 forms cannot be issued until all documents are received.

Applicants may upload the FSA-3 form to the online application, but he/she must send the FSA-4 form and supporting documentation directly to the SUNY Fredonia Graduate Studies Office at the following address:

SUNY Fredonia Office of Graduate Studies
2142 Fenton Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
(716) 673-3712 (fax)

Persons who have further questions about these requirements should contact the SUNY Fredonia International Education Center at (716) 673-3451, or send the office an inquiry from the International Education Center's website at http://www.fredonia.edu/internationaleducation/.


[1] SEM will be taken into consideration.  In other words, if your scores do not meet the requirements here but are close (within the SEM), you may still apply to SUNY Fredonia’s TESOL program.  The TESOL Program Coordinator then has the discretion to evaluate your scores in relation to your full application at that time. 

 

Option 1 Course Requirements

Hours

EDU 570

Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction

This course must be completed within the first 9 credit hours of graduate study.

3

EDU 518

Second L:anguage Acquisition & Development

3

EDU 519

Curriculum Theory for the Second Language
Classroom-ESL I

3

EDU 538
or
EDU 563

Cultural Literature

Cultural Perspectives

3

EDU 540

Content Area ESL

3

EDU 564

Linguistic Considerations for ELL Students

3

EDU 565

Language and Learning: Psycho- & Sociolinguistic Considerations for ESL Educators

3

EDU 568

Foundations of Bilingual Education

3

EDU 569

Language Assessment and Evaluation of English Language Learners (ELLs)

3

EDU 671

Practicum and Seminar

3

EDU 660

Conducting Educational Research

3

EDU 690

Master's Thesis/Project

3

TOTAL HOURS FOR DEGREE

36

 

Option 2 Course Requirements

Hours

EDU 570

Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction

This course must be completed within the first 9 credit hours of graduate study.

3

EDU 518

Second Language Acquisition & Development

3

EDU 519

Curriculum Theory for the Second Language
Classroom-ESL I

3

EDU 538
or
EDU 563

Cultural Literature

Cultural Perspectives

3

EDU 540

Content Area ESL

3

EDU 564

Linguistic Considerations for ELL Students

3

EDU 565

Language and Learning: Psycho- & Sociolinguistic Considerations for ESL Educators

3

EDU 568

Foundations of Bilingual Education

3

EDU 569

Language Assessment and Evaluation of English Language Learners (ELLs)

3

EDU 671

Practicum and Seminar

3

EDU 660

Conducting Educational Research

3

EDU 690

Master's Thesis/Project

3

Additional Requirements

One of the following four courses:

EDU 225

Child Development

3

EDU 224

Adolescent Development

3

EDU 501

Advanced Study: Child Psychology

3

EDU 502

Psychology of Adolescence

3

AND

EDU 250/251

Introduction to the Exceptional Learner/Practicum (or equivalent graduate course as approved by the Dean of the College of Education)

3

EDU 349

Educational Psychology (or equivalent graduate course as approved by the Dean of the College of Education)

3

EDU 301
EDU 302
EDU 303

 
Safe Schools/Healthy Students
 

3

TOTAL HOURS FOR DEGREE

36 (plus courses as needed)


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