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  Jan 22, 2018
2007-2008 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), C.A.S.

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Associate Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5170,

Courses in this program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification for teaching English as a Second Language (PreK-12). This program is intended for teachers who hold a master’s or higher degree in education as well as New York state certification in an area other than TESOL. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experience in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time practicum. Literacy education, multicultural education, meeting the needs of learners with exceptionalities and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the National TESOL Standards and the requirements of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Admission Criteria for the Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in TESOL

Applications for admission to the C.A.S. TESOL program in the department of curriculum and teaching are made to the Graduate Admission Office. Students who do not fully meet admission requirements may be required to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with completion of the certification program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. Possession of a master’s or higher degree in education.
  2. New York state certification in an area other than TESOL (provisional, permanent, initial or professional).
  3. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in all course work.
  4. Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in the program course work.
  5. Interview with the director of the TESOL Program.
  6. A written personal statement of professional intent or rationale.
  7. 12 s.h. of foreign language study or demonstrated proficiency in a second language.
  8. Students who hold provisional or permanent certification must also complete General Education and Content core requirements.

The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Candidates may wish to apply even if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate.

General Education Core/Content Requirements

See the General Education Core Requirements within the School of Education and Allied Human.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 15

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while in the program. Grades of D or lower will not be counted toward the graduate degree but will be included in determining the grade point average.

Area Three: Methodological Component - Semester Hours: 6

Area Four: Practicum - Semester Hours: 3

Field Experiences Prior to Student Teaching

A minimum of 50 clock-hours of participation/observation is required prior to practicum. At least one field placement must be in a district identified as high-needs by New York State Education Department. All field experiences are incorporated into the course curricula. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement. Department policy is to place prospective teachers in districts other than those in which they reside or in schools that they attended.

Participation/observation field experiences in designated schools are required in each of the following courses:


The practicum (CT 268) involves 20 days of college-supervised teaching practiced by teacher candidates in the elementary and secondary level ESL classrooms. Students will qualify for admission to practicum after they have satisfied the following requirements:

1) Completion of CT 226 or LYST 208; ELED 225; SED 267.
2) A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall course work.

Applications are obtainable from the Office of Field Placement.  Applications are due on October 1 for the succeeding spring semester and March 1 for the succeeding fall semester.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all course work for the Certification Program with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Completion of the 15 s.h. course requirements in the Certification Program with no fewer than 12 s.h. in residence.
  3. Completion of a portfolio illustrating the student’s educational and professional accomplishments.
  4. All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a three-year period.


*Course requires participation/observation in designated schools.

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