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M.S.Ed. Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This program is designed for students seeking a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It can also provide initial New York State certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for teachers (Pre-K-Grade 12), or additional ESOL certification for those already certified. Holders of this master's degree can obtain professional certification in ESOL upon completion of additional requirements. Applicants will apply for one of the following 5 sequences based on their qualifications:

  • Sequence 1 (30 credits). Students who already possess New York State certification and who seek additional certification as teachers of ESOL PreK-grade 12.
  • Sequence 2 (39-42 credits). Liberal arts and sciences graduates who lack education courses and who seek initial certification in ESOL PreK-grade 12.
  • Sequence 3 (30-33 credits). Teachers and prospective teachers of adult education and others who desire advanced study in TESOL but are not seeking Pre-K-grade 12 certification.
  • Sequence 4 (30 credits). Liberal arts and sciences graduates who have met requirements for linguistics, general education, and special education through prior coursework and who seek certification in ESOL PreK-grade 12.
  • Sequence 5 (36 credits). Teachers who hold a valid Transitional B certificate in ESOL from New York State.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) with an overall index of 3.0 or better, and a liberal arts and sciences major of at least 30 credits from an accredited college or university. In order to be recommended by Lehman College for ESOL certification, candidates must have successfully completed a liberal arts and sciences core specific to ESOL teachers (see "Additional Requirements for Initial and Professional Certification in ESOL" below).
  • Demonstrate the ability to pursue graduate study successfully by having an undergraduate index of B or a master's degree.
  • For Sequence 1, possess New York State teacher certification and present evidence of successful completion of minimum requirements in special education. For Sequence 5, hold a valid New York State Transitional B certificate in ESOL.
  • For Sequences 2 and 4, submit scores on the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST).
  • For Sequence 4, meet with the adviser prior to applying for matriculation to determine eligibility. Prior coursework must be completed with a B or better.
  • Demonstrate the study of a language and culture other than English (12 credits) or an equivalent experience.
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on career goals.
  • Participate in an interview that requires producing a writing sample in English.
  • If the undergraduate degree was earned in a language other than English, submit TOEFL scores (minimum):
    • Overall: Paper-based: 600; Computer-based: 250; Internet-Based (IBT): 75, not counting the Speaking subscore.
    • Writing subscore: Paper-based: 5.0; IBT: 24
    • Speaking subscore: Paper-based: 50; IBT: 26
  • Satisfy appropriate voice, speech, and health standards.
  • Meet additional departmental, divisional, and New York State requirements, if any.
  • If conditionally admitted, meets conditions starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.

TESOL Degree Requirements

Students must consult with an adviser in the TESOL program before starting their master's program. During their first semester, matriculated students are required to plan their graduate program with an advisor in the TESOL program. All students will complete the curriculum corresponding to one of the sequences below: 30 credits (Sequence 1); 39-42 credits (Sequence 2); 30-33 credits (Sequence 3); 30 credits (Sequence 4); or 36 credits (Sequence 5). All courses must be selected in consultation with, and with the approval of, an advisor in TESOL.

Visit the Graduate Bulletin (2013 - 2015) to learn about:

Advanced Certificate for Teachers of Languages Other than English (LOTE) (15-18 Credits)

This program is designed for candidates who already have a master's degree in a language other than English and who seek New York State Certification in the area of Languages Other than English (LOTE) grades 7-12.

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