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Demand for English language teachers is growing as more children who speak languages other than English enroll in schools. Fredonia’s online degree program offers you the opportunity to engage in the latest research-based teaching theories and methods, grounded in cultural and linguistic contexts, so you can become a successful, strong teacher informed in best practices for working with this special group of students.

If you are committed to life-enhancing multilingual and multicultural student learning, prepared to teach and learn with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and willing to meet rigorous professional standards, this program is right for you.

Program Options for TESOL

Fredonia offers five different tracks in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), each customized to your desired outcome. The majority of courses are online.

M.S.Ed., TESOL Option 1 - Online - 1 Year

M.S.Ed., TESOL Option 2 - Online - 1.5 Year

M.A., Language and Learning (TESOL)

TESOL, Advanced Certificate - Online - 1 Year

Bilingual Education Extension, Advanced Certificate - Online

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Successful completion of SUNY Fredonia’s teacher education programs is sufficient for meeting the educational requirements for licensure or certification in New York as a teacher. Successful completion of the program may also be sufficient for meeting the educational requirements for licensure or certification in other states, but this has not been determined by SUNY Fredonia. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their states’ certification entity to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by that state. 

The Fredonia Difference

Students who complete the TESOL Advanced Certificate (AC) program are eligible for initial and/or professional New York State teacher certification in TESOL. The TESOL program requires a 20-day supervised field experience in a local school. Students are assigned to grades K-12 clinical field placements to enhance your professional value by ensuring that you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of settings.

Career Opportunities for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL - Online)

  • Public/private school teacher
  • Adult educator in a community setting
  • Springboard to Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs


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Sample Courses

EDU 570 Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction

Assists educational practitioners to become knowledgeable consumers of research and evaluation reports by helping them critically analyze and evaluate research.

EDU 564 Linguistics for ESL Educators

Focuses on the nature of language and communication and the use of English in various linguistic and pragmatic contexts.

EDU 568 Foundations of Bilingual Education

The course provides the basic theories, issues, and concepts related to teaching bilingual students in P-12 classrooms.

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