Oct 19, 2017
Associate Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5170, Tatiana.Gordon@hofstra.edu
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
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:
- Possession of a master’s or higher degree in education.
- New York state certification in an area other than TESOL (provisional, permanent, initial or professional).
- An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in all course work.
- Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in the program course work.
- Interview with the director of the TESOL Program.
- A written personal statement of professional intent or rationale.
- 12 s.h. of foreign language study or demonstrated proficiency in a second language.
- 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.
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 One: Linguistic Component - Semester Hours: 3
Area Two: Society and Culture - Semester Hours: 3
Choose one course from the following: 3 s.h.
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
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
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
- Completion of all course work for the Certification Program with an overall GPA
- Completion of the 15 s.h. course requirements in the Certification Program with
no fewer than 12 s.h. in residence.
- Completion of a portfolio illustrating the student’s educational and professional
- 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.