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Language and Learning (TESOL)

Language and Learning at Fredonia

Apply now for the Master of Arts in Language and Learning degree program, designed for those interested in language specialization. Current specialties focus on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Bilingualism/Multilingualism, and Heritage Languages. This program does not lead to New York State certification to teach in public schools (our MSED TESOL K-12 program leads to certification to teach in New York public schools). The MA in Language and Learning comprises 30 credit hours.

Program Options for TESOL

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

  1. M.S.Ed., TESOL Option 1, catalog page 
    Option 1 is for Master of Science in Education candidates
    with a current New York State Teacher Certification.
  2. M.S.Ed., TESOL Option 2, catalog page 
    Option 2 is for Master of Science in Education candidates 
    without a current New York State Teacher Certification.
  3. M.A. in Language and Learning (TESOL), catalog page 
    This Master of Arts degree is a non-certification track, and it does not lead to a recommendation for a Teacher Certification in New York State.
  4. TESOL, Advanced Certificate, catalog page 
    This Advanced Certificate leads to a recommendation for a New York State Teacher Certification in ESOL.
  5. Bilingual Education Extension, Advanced Certificate, catalog page 
    This Advanced Certificate leads to a recommendation for a Bilingual Extension to any New York State Teacher Certification, except ESOL.

The Fredonia Difference

Are you a teacher or school leader who is interested in learning more about bilingual/multilingual education or policy? Are you considering a Ph.D. program in language studies? The Bilingualism/Multilingualism track focuses on these issues and preparation without the need to complete public school certification coursework.

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching English as a second or foreign language
  • Teaching English to adults or children in a non-school setting
  • springboard for Ph.D. in a related field

Who to contact

Office of Graduate Studies

Sample Courses

EDU 518 Second Language Acquisition and Development

This course will help teacher educators better understand second language acquisition (SLA) in order to help them with their lesson planning and delivery in instructing English language learners (ELLs). Students will become knowledgeable about the various social, psychological, and linguistic theories and approaches to SLA and be able to apply this knowledge to their teaching practices.

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. It examines the nature of reasoning in educational research, the use of measurement procedures in quantifying traits, the role of design in testing hypotheses, the role of statistics in analyzing data, and the limitations inherent in generalizing the results of research studies.

EDU 564 Linguistics for ESL Educators

This course presents the conceptual foundations of linguistics, examines structural/functional properties of language, and discusses the rules and principles which govern natural language (e.g., morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics). Other aspects of linguistics, such as language change, language processing (psycholinguistics) and elements of linguistics which impact language acquisition will also be explored.

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