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Larissa Barresi, TESOL major, TESOL graduate program
Larissa Barresi, TESOL major, TESOL graduate program

Graduate student and scholarship recipient Larissa Barresi.

  • November 15, 2022
  • Roger Coda

Larissa Barresi, a graduate student from Fairport, enrolled in the online TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at SUNY Fredonia, is the recipient of a Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship, offered through New York state, that will cover all tuition costs.

Ms. Barresi fulfilled the scholarship criteria that includes New York state residency; undergraduate degree; cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher; matriculated in an approved master’s degree in education; full-time enrollment; non-default student loan status; 3.5 GPA or higher as a graduate student; and a five-year commitment to teach in New York state.

A student teacher near Rochester, Barresi was also awarded an ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) Internship Certificate by the New York State Education Department that qualifies TESOL students like Barresi to work with multilingual children from Pre-K to grade 12 in New York public schools that are experiencing a teacher shortage in the certification area called ESOL.

Teachers with this certification can meet the needs of school districts seeking to hire ENL (English as a New Language) teachers to work with multilingual children. ENL is a designated teacher shortage area of certification in New York state.

The fully online TESOL program at SUNY Fredonia has many programs leading to this important certification area.