Grad Education at Dunkirk NY

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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.

The Fredonia Difference

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

Fredonia offers five different tracks in TESOL, each customized to your desired outcome.

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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