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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
(TESOL)

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  • Single certification program
  • Advanced certificate program

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Programs

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 42-45 credits
    • Master of Science in Education
    • When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, grades K-12.
    • No prior certification required.
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Candidates can complete the yearlong fieldwork either as student teachers or, as ENL teachers/assistant teachers in an appropriate setting. All candidates will have two fieldwork experiences, one in grades PreK-6, and the other in grades 7-12. Candidates who complete their yearlong fieldwork as working teachers or assistant teachers in one setting will complete missing age band requirement through course assignments and an additional summer placement.
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    Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants are expected to have breadth across the liberal arts curriculum, as well as an undergraduate concentration (ten courses or thirty credits) in one of the liberal arts or sciences.
    • As part of their general education coursework, applicants must also have at least 12 semester hours or the equivalent of study of a language other than English.
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Advanced Certificate (Non-Degree), 12-21 credits
    •  This is a certificate program that does not lead to a master's degree.
    • Students who complete this sequence are eligible for New York State certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, grades K-12.
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Student Teaching/Advisement: TESOL Certification requires student teaching with students learning English as a new language in both elementary (preK-6) and secondary schools (7-12). Depending upon a candidate’s existing teaching certification(s), s/he will need to add supervised fieldwork for the missing grade band. Supervised Fieldwork/Student Teaching/Advisement is not required for those candidates who have appropriate experiences teaching in both elementary (PreK - 6) and secondary schools (7 - 12), as determined by the program director.
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    Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Advanced Certificate (Non-Degree) program must have a master's degree in education with a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and must hold valid initial/professional teaching certification in early childhood, elementary or childhood, middle childhood, secondary or adolescent education, literacy or special education.
    • Applicants must also have at least 12 semester hours or the equivalent of study of a language other than English.
    • Applicants to this certificate program will need to fill out the "Application to a Certificate Sequence" listed under "Other Applications and Forms" on the Apply Now page.

Learn how to enrich the education of students learning English as a new language (ENL)

You will acquire a rich teaching repertoire to understand the intellectual, linguistic and emotional needs of ENL students and to collaborate in meaningful ways with a range of generalist and content area teachers.

Become certified to work with diverse populations

Candidates will be eligible for New York State certification in TESOL, grades PreK-12. No prior teaching certification is necessary for this program.


Cristian Solorza
Program Director

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is designed for teachers and prospective teachers who are interested in working with students learning English as a new language. Grounded in a developmental-interaction approach, our program is steeped in the belief that through careful observation, culturally sustaining pedagogy, inquiry learning, and assessment, teachers are able to respond to students’ shifts in development and interests. We will prepare English as a New Language (ENL) teachers to be advocates, critical thinkers, and innovators of language teaching and learning. Moreover, candidates will be able to validate students’ authentic use of language by incorporating students’ diverse linguistic resources into their planning. Candidates will graduate from the program having developed strong voices as ENL teachers, able to collaborate and make decisions with a range of colleagues and families around curriculum development, assessment, and program planning for ENL students.

Admission Requirements

  • Please see the list of programs above for any program-specific admissions requirements, and feel free to reach out to one of our admissions counselors for more information.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.

Coursework

The TESOL program provides our candidates with an in-depth study of language development theories, principles of social justice, culturally sustaining pedagogy, curriculum, collaboration, management, assessment, and differentiation.

We offer courses in the following areas:

  • Human Development
  • Theoretical Foundations: Social, Cultural, & Linguistic Diversity in School Communities
  • Linguistics in Education
  • The Teaching of Reading, Writing, & Language Arts in ENL Settings (PreK-12) 
  • The Teaching of English Grammars in ENL Settings
  • Diverse Learners in Specialized and Inclusive Settings 
  • TESOL Methodologies (PreK-6)
  • TESOL Methodologies (7-12)
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students with Special Needs
  • ENL Case Management: Creating Access through Programming and Curriculum

We prepare our candidates to work practically and effectively in a field that requires proficiency with state/national standards, rigorous instruction, assessments, and data analysis, while developing an ability to react flexibly to the needs of students by adapting instruction to linguistic, academic, and special needs.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

At Bank Street College, we believe that what sets us apart in the field of education is using theory to inform practice and practice to inform theory. Candidates will apply theories of language, human, and literacy development to their practice while critically examining how social, political, and socioeconomic factors frame student populations and their use of language in schools.

During the second year of this program, candidates complete a year of in-classroom fieldwork in public, private or charter school settings, and participate in twice monthly one-on-one and weekly small group advisement sessions with an experienced faculty mentor, ensuring that teaching connects meaningfully to coursework and that candidates are challenged and supported throughout the program. The advisor also visits each candidate monthly for half a day in the fieldwork setting to provide individualized support toward each candidate’s growth. In the weekly advisement sessions, candidates discuss challenges and successes that arise in schools, strengthen their instructional practices, and come to a better understanding of their own needs as ENL educators.