MS Education- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
The Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the College of Mount Saint Vincent is a 30-credit curriculum consisting of both professional and skills-based clinically oriented courses. Offered collaboratively with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the M.S. TESOL program is designed to prepare prospective teachers of English language learners from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Students are required to complete only FIVE courses at Mount Saint Vincent Riverdale or Manhattan campuses, and the remaining FIVE courses at a UFT site.
Students successfully completing this program and who pass the requisite teacher certification content specialty examination in ESOL will be eligible for New York State Initial Certification in TESOL.
The Master of Science, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree requires the completion of 30 credits:
I. Pedagogical Core Courses 18 credits
- EDUC 504 Cross-Cultural Communication
- EDUC 506 Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity
- EDUC 507 Linguistic Analysis
- EDUC 508 Structure of American English
- EDUC 722 Teaching English as a Second Language I
- EDUC 725 Teaching Across the Content Areas: Methods of TESOL, Grades Pre-K-12
II. Pedagogical Knowledge Courses 6 credits
- EDUC 605 Curriculum and Materials in TESOL
- EDUC 726 Assessment in English as a Second Language
III. Field Experience 6 credits
- EDUC 750 Supervised Practicum in TESOL: Pre-K-6
- EDUC 751 Supervised Practicum in TESOL: 7-12
IV. Comprehensive Examination
A pass/fail written examination is the terminal experience for this graduate program. Students will attend a review session to prepare for the examination which reflects the content of the curriculum throughout this course of study.
All courses in the education program are evaluated with letter grades. The pass/fail distinction is used only with the final comprehensive exam. It is expected that students achieve a minimum grade of B in each practicum experience.
The Master of Science in TESOL is a 30 credit curriculum consisting of both professional and skills-based clinically-oriented courses. Students will be required to complete two supervised practicum experiences. Information about requirements for these clinical experiences will be provided by the program coordinator during orientation. A comprehensive examination is a culminating assessment for this course of study
New Workshop Requirement
Effective December 31, 2013, the New York State Department of Education requires all applicants for Certification to complete six clock hours of coursework or training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (Article 2, Sections 10-18 of the NYS Education Law). This training will be provided on-campus at least once during each academic year. Students must complete this workshop prior to program completion in order to receive College endorsement for certification.
New York State Certification
NYS Certification for M.S. in TESOL
Prior to program completion, students must document completion of 12 credits in a foreign language(s) or sign language. Undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, or equivalent credit on CLEP or NYU Proficiency will be accepted.
Students who successfully complete this graduate program in TESOL will:
- Fulfill the academic requirements for New York State initial/professional certification in TESOL.
- Be recommended to New York State for initial/professional certification in TESOL K-12.
Candidates will be informed of the certification process prior to program completion.