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2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2011-2012 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 at the preschool,elementary,middle or secondary levels. 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.

On average, students complete this program in one academic year.


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.

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.

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 and are due on May 1 for the succeeding spring semester and February 15 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.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Upon the successful completion of a Hofstra state-approved teacher education program, students are eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. A request for recommendation must be submitted to the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. Students who apply directly to New York state for certification are responsible for learning about and satisfying the certification requirements set by the state. It should be noted that such requirements may differ from those in Hofstra’s registered programs.

All prospective early childhood (Birth-Grade 2), elementary (Grades 1-6) and secondary (Grades 7-12), special subject teachers and educational leaders are required to pass the New York State Teachers Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by Pearson Education, for state certification requirements. Students should consult with the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services regarding the appropriate examinations for their area of study. Beginning in May 2013 graduating students will be required to pass new Performance Assessments and revised Content Specialty Tests.

It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) prior to student teaching, and the Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W) and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. Students not receiving passing scores on these examinations will not be eligible for certification.

In addition to fulfilling the required courses of study, the Commissioner’s Regulations mandate that all prospective teachers, pupil personnel and education leaders receive instructions regarding:
    1.     Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
    2.     Fire and Arson Prevention.
    3.     School Violence Prevention and Intervention.
    4.     Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse.
    5.     Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction.

New York state legislation also requires all persons seeking certification as special education teachers or school administrators working in special education to have training in the area of children with autism. All of these requirements must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.

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