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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 for this degree include:

Sequence 1 (33 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

1. 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 TESOL teachers (see "Additional Requirements for Initial and Professional Certification in ESOL" below).

2. Demonstrate the ability to pursue graduate study successfully by having an undergraduate index of B or a master's degree.

3. For Sequence 1, possess New York State teacher certification. For Sequence 5, hold a valid New York State Transitional B certificate in TESOL.

4. For Sequences 2 and 4, submit scores on the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST).

5. For Sequence 4, meet with the advisor prior to applying for matriculation to determine eligibility. Prior coursework must be completed with a B or better.

6. Demonstrate the study of a language and culture other than English (12 credits) or an equivalent experience.

7. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on career goals.

8. Participate in an interview that requires producing a writing sample in English.

9. 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

10. Satisfy appropriate voice, speech, and health standards.

11. Meet additional departmental, divisional, and New York State requirements, if any.

12. If conditionally admitted, make up requirements starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.

TESOL Degree Requirements

Students must consult with an advisor 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: 33 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.

Curriculum: Sequence 1 (33 credits):

The 33-credit curriculum for Sequence 1 consists of six instructional areas.

● Foundations (3): ESC 506 (3).

● Language Education (12): ESC 757 (3), ESC 725 (3), ESC 759 (3), and ESC 760 (3).

● Cultural Perspectives (3): ESC 769 (3) or another course in cultural perspectives selected in consultation with the advisor.

● Methods, Materials, and Evaluation (9): ESC 727 (3), ESC 761 (3), and ESC 766 (3).

● Practicum (3): ESC 797 (2) and ESC 611 (1).

● Master's Project (3): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

Curriculum: Sequence 2 (39-42 credits):

The 39-42 credit curriculum for Sequence 2 consists of six instructional areas.

● Foundations (9): ESC 501 (3), ESC 502 (3), and ESC 506 (3).

● Language Education (12): ESC 757 (3), ESC 725 (3), ESC 759 (3), and ESC 760 (3).

● Cultural Perspectives (3): ESC 769 (3) or another course in cultural perspectives selected in consultation with the advisor.

● Methods, Materials, and Evaluation (9): ESC 727 (3), ESC 761 (3), and 766 (3).

● Practicum (3-6): ESC 797 (2) and ESC 611 (1) OR ESC 798 (3) and ESC 612 (3).

● Master's Project (3): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

Curriculum: Sequence 3 (30-33 credits):

The 30-33 credit curriculum for Sequence 3 consists of six instructional areas.

● Foundations (6): ESC 501 (3) and 502 (3) or 3-6 credits of TESOL electives selected in consultation with the advisor.

● Language Education (9): ESC 757 (3), ESC 725 (3), and ESC 760 (3).

● Cultural Perspectives (3): ESC 769 (3) or another course in cultural perspectives selected in consultation with the advisor.

● Methods, Materials, and Evaluation (6): ESC 761 (3) and 766 (3).

● Practicum (3-6): ESC 797 (2) and ESC 611 (1) or ESC 798 (3) and ESC 612 (3).

● Master's Project (3): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

Curriculum: Sequence 4 (30 credits):

The 30-credit curriculum for Sequence 4 consists of six instructional areas.

● Language Education (9): ESC 725 (3), ESC 759 (3), and ESC 760 (3).

● Cultural Perspectives (3): ESC 769 (3) or another course in cultural perspectives selected in consultation with the advisor.

● Methods, Materials, and Evaluation (9): ESC 727 (3), ESC 761 (3), and ESC 766 (3).

● Practicum (6): ESC 798 (3) and ESC 611 (3).

● Master's Project (3): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

Curriculum: Sequence 5 (36 credits):

The 36-credit curriculum for Sequence 5 consists of six instructional areas.

● Foundations (6): ESC 502 (3), and ESC 506 (3)

● Language Education (12): SPE 703 (3), ESC 725 (3), ESC 759 (3), and ESC 760 (3).

● Cultural Perspectives (3): ESC 769 (3) or another course in cultural perspectives selected in consultation with the advisor.

● Methods, Materials, and Evaluation (9): ESC 727 (3), ESC 761 (3), and ESC 766 (3).

● Practicum (3): ESC 797 (2) and ESC 611 (1),

● Master's Project (3): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

Additional Requirements for Initial and Professional Certification in ESOL

In order to be recommended for initial certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Pre-K-grade 12, students must:

(a) complete the master's degree (Sequences 1, 2, 4 or 5) with a cumulative index of 3.0 or better;

(b) present passing scores on the following New York State examinations: Assessment of Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students (EAS), Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and ESOL CST; and

(c) demonstrate successful completion of a liberal arts and sciences core specific to ESOL teachers. Please see advisor for more information.

In order to qualify for professional certification in ESOL, in addition to the master's degree (Sequences 1, 2, 4 or 5), teachers must complete one year of mentored, full-time teaching and two years of full-time teaching in a public or private school which serves Pre-K-grade 12, and must meet any additional New York State requirements.

Last modified: 3/11/2014