Overview

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION OR ESOL CERTIFICATION

  • 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.

 

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.

Affordability

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, ESOL teacher at Bronx Theatre High School

What to Expect

Program Director

Cindy McPhail

Cindy McPhail

Professor and Director of TESOL Certifications Programs and Bilingual Extension Program in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-2607
cmcphai2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 294
Bio

Education: B.A., Hamilton College; Ed.M. & Ph.D., State University of New York Buffalo

Teaching and Research Interests: TESOL; language acquisition; bilingual education; elementary education, reading fluency (prosidy), English language learners.

Proudest Moments: Dr. McPhail is proud of a federal grant for more than $1 million that allowed Nazareth College to host the ELL Consortium for 5 years and to begin the bilingual extension program. That program provides an important service to the greater Rochester community in a specialty in which it is perennially difficult to recruit appropriately certified teachers.

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