TESOL/TESOL: CR ITI — Advanced Certificate Program

The advanced certificate in TESOL is designed for teachers certified or becoming certified and who are seeking New York state certification in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). The 15-credit program leads to initial certification in ESOL, which enables program completers to teach English as New Language learners in pre-K to grade 12 settings.

The curriculum includes educational theories, second language acquisition, language and literacy development and methods and assessment for English language learners in various school settings.

For eligible students who wish to continue on to earn a master’s degree, the five courses required for the advanced certificate in TESOL can be transferred to the MSEd in TESOL program.

Program Requirements

The advanced certificate in TESOL program is designed for students who already possess initial New York state teacher certification. Students must have at least 12 credits or the equivalent of study of a language other than English. In addition to 15 credit hours of TESOL coursework, students must complete requirements in fieldwork and an internship.

The advanced certificate in TESOL: CR ITI program offers funding through NYS Education Department for up to $4,500 (15 credits) for eligible applicants. Funding is available from 2018 and expected to end no later than June 2021. Regardless of start date, students must complete the program by the spring 2021 semester to be eligible for funding for the full 15 credit program. Students must complete the advanced certificate program within one calendar year. These estimates are subject to change, and do not include books, fees, or any additional resources that may be required. Additional details on costs and funding is outlined on the Graduate School's webpage.

The GRE is required for our advanced certificate in TESOL unless the applicant is a certified teacher/leader who already holds a graduate degree.

Plan of Study

The plan of study for the advanced certificate in TESOL program provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Required Courses

In consultation with the advisor, students will complete:

Students enrolled in teacher preparation programs must earn at least a B- in all courses to progress to subsequent semesters.


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