Grad Education at Dunkirk NY

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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TESOL at Fredonia

Demand for English language teachers is growing as more children who speak a language other than English enroll in schools. Fredonia’s 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.

  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

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 with K-6 certification are assigned to K-6 settings while students with 7-12 certification are assigned to 7-12 settings. The assignments enhance your professional value by ensuring that you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of settings.

Career Opportunities

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

Who to contact

Office of Graduate Studies

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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