• Gain the skills and certification to teach one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States, at all grade levels (pre-K to grade 12).
  • Learn to use an array of written resources, technologies, and methods to create engaging learning experiences for speakers of other languages.
  • Understand the theoretical, historical, and political dimensions of education for culturally and linguistically diverse students, so you can adapt in this ever-changing field and can best help students achieve proficiency in English.


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Classes are late afternoon/evenings


Traditional (on-campus) and some hybrid (half online) and online classes offered


Complete in as fast as 12-18 months full-time


Fieldwork in a variety of settings

Program Options

TESOL master's degree with additional ESOL certification (36 credits)
TESOL master's degree with initial ESOL certification (43 credits)
Post-master's ESOL certification-only (18 credits)

Don't need New York state certification?

To teach English language learners outside the United States, or to teach in U.S. private schools, adult programs, or universities, see Nazareth's TESOL master of science program. This program also suits people who have N.Y. state initial teacher certification and need a master’s degree in a related field for professional certification.

Value of your Degree

  • Job growth nationwide: For teachers with this specialty, above-average job growth is expected, as the number of U.S. students who don’t speak English is predicted to continue growing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • New York state needs TESOL/ESOL teachers: The New York state Education Department requires that all English language learners receive ESOL services.

Curriculum Examples

  • Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education
  • Principles and Practices of TESOL
  • Language and Literacy Development for English Language Learners

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this master's degree.


From the Field

"My professors were supportive, encouraging, and made learning fun. I always felt that I was part of a very close-knit, friendly community that was as dedicated as I was. Many of my classes were taken with international TESOL students as well as Inclusive Childhood, Literacy Education, and other education grad students, which allowed me to obtain and share ideas and information with others from different areas of education. Being in a student-centered, collaborative environment has inspired me to create the same type of environment for my future students."

— Kyle Ridley '13, ESL Teacher, Advanced Placement Coordinator, and IB English Language and Literature Teacher at Lyceum Kennedy French American School, New York City

What to Expect

Program Director

Rui Cheng

Rui Cheng

Associate Professor, Director, TESOL programs, Coordinator of SoE International / Intercultural Experiences in Education, School of
Golisano Academic Center 297

Education: B.A., Shanxi University; M.A., Capital Normal University; Ph.D., University of South Florida

Teaching and Research Interests: Second language acquisition and English instruction, distance learning, computer facilitated language learning, uses of technology in instruction.

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