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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.

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 Fredonia is the right academic program for you.

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.

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.

 


MSED Program Outline

EDU 570 Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction (This course must be completed within the first 9 credit hours of graduate study.)
EDU 518 Second Language Acquisition & Development
EDU 519 Curriculum Theory for the Second Language Classroom-ESL I
EDU 538 Cultural Literature
- or -
EDU 563 Cultural Perspectives
EDU 540 Content Area ESL
EDU 564 Linguistic Considerations for ELL Students
EDU 565 Language and Learning: Psycho- & Sociolinguistic Considerations for ESL Educators
EDU 568 Foundations of Bilingual Education
EDU 569 Language Assessment and Evaluation of English Language Learners (ELLs)
EDU 671 Practicum and Seminar
EDU 660 Conducting Educational Research
EDU 690 Master's Thesis/Project

 

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 36

(plus courses as needed)

Option 2 Additional Coursework

One of the following four courses:
EDU 225 Child Development
EDU 224 Adolescent Development
EDU 501 Advanced Study: Child Psychology
EDU 502 Psychology of Adolescence
AND
EDU 250/251 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner/Practicum (or equivalent graduate course as approved by the Dean of the College of Education)
EDU 349 Educational Psychology (or equivalent graduate course as approved by the Dean of the College of Education)
EDU 301 Child Abuse Detection & Reporting
EDU 302 Tobacco, Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention
EDU 303 Safe Schools/Healthy Students

 


Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) Program Outline

EDU 518 Second Language Acquisition and Development
EDU 519 Curriculum Theory for the Second Language Classroom - ESL I
EDU 540 Content Area English as a Second Language
EDU 568 Foundations of Bilingual Education
EDU 569 Language Assessment and Evaluation of English Language Learners (ELLs)
EDU 671 Practicum and Seminar

 

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 18

 

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

  

 REQUIREMENTS


  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in an area of arts, science, or education.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or above. (Starting Fall 2015)
  • GRE scores submitted. (Starting Fall 2015)
  • All candidates must have the equivalent of 12 credit hours of a "foreign" language [i.e., Language Other Than English (LOTE) except for candidates who are native speakers of a language other than English for which proof of literacy is required].
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Language Proficiency Requirements 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 the following question: "Describe your reasons for pursuing 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 language. This can be any academic paper (e.g., a paper from course).
    Further stipulations as listed below under "Additional requirements non-native speakers of English to the TESOL program"*
  • A completed graduate application.

 

CONTACTS


Dr. Karen Lillie
Program Coordinator
Karen.Lillie@fredonia.edu

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