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.
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 SUNY Fredonia is the right academic program for you.
TESOL - MSED Options
There are three (3) tracks for the TESOL program, based on the candidate's prior qualifications, as follows:
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.
TESOL - CAS Option
Option 1 Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in TESOL
Appropriate for candidates who have a masters degree and current New York State teacher certification. These candidates can elect to complete an 18 hour program leading to the Certificate of Advanced Study 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.
TESOL certification/Related Professional Certification
A graduate applicant with an initial classroom teacher certificate in any area (e.g., Art K-12, Childhood , Math 7-12) can be admitted into the TESOL MSEd. Program (Track 2). Upon successful completion of the program, the candidate will be recommended for initial and professional certification in ESOL K-12 from SUNY Fredonia.
NOTE: SUNY Fredonia does not have the authority to recommend graduating TESOL candidates for a professional certification in the area of their original initial certification, only for ESOL K-12 (initial and professional). Graduates of the TESOL program who are interested in applying for their professional certification, related to their original initial certified area, will have to submit their materials directly to NY SED for individual evaluation through the TEACH online system. Please see the following link for further information about this topic, http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/relatedmasters.html.
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree in an area of arts, science, or education.
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above.
- 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].
- 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 including:
(a) 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
(b) official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except SUNY Fredonia).
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.
Total Credit Hours: 36 (plus courses as needed)
Option 2 Additional Coursework
One of the following four courses:
Total Credit Hours: 18