TESOL/Adolescence Education

Master of Science in Education


  • This is the only program in the Rochester region with this combination of certifications.
  • Gain the skills and certification to teach one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States: English language learners (ELL), at all grade levels (pre-K to grade 12).
  • Gain the skills and certification to be a secondary educator (middle school, junior high, and high school, grades 7-12).
  • Learn to use an array of theories, resources, technologies, and methods to create engaging learning experiences for speakers of other languages — English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) — and secondary students (both English speakers and English language learners).


One evening a week and online


In-person, online, and hybrid


Complete in as fast as 16 months full-time


Fieldwork in grades 7-12 & in TESOL K-12

Program is ideal for

  • This 51-credit master's program is for people with no prior teacher certification who want to be able to teach in public schools as both a content specialist — biology, chemistry, English, languages other than English (German, Italian, French, Spanish), math, social studies — and an ESOL teacher to middle and high school students (native speakers or English language learners).
  • It also allows you to teach as an ESOL teacher in an elementary school.
  • This degree leads to New York state teacher certifications in both Adolescence Education (grades 7 through 12) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (all grades).

Curriculum Examples

  • Intro to Diverse Learners and Learning
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy
  • Principles and Practices of TESOL
  • Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • Language and Literacy Development for English Language Learners
  • Differentiated Planning, Teaching and Assessment
  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • Culture and Context in TESOL/Bilingual Curriculum and Assessment
  • Foundations of Bilingual Multicultural Education
  • Differentiated Planning, Teaching, and Assessment for Students With Disabilities in Grades 7-12 Content Areas
  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Teacher-Learner Research & Inquiry

Value of your Degree

  • There is a high demand for certified ESOL teachers throughout New York state to meet the requirements of Integrated English as a New Language (ENL) programs in secondary schools.
  • There is a high demand for dually certified teachers who may provide core content area and English language development instruction simultaneously.
  • Job growth nationwide: For teachers with these specialties, 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.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, partner benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.

Among the Nazareth opportunities: Teacher residency programs provide initial certification seekers with tuition support, a paycheck, co-teaching experience and mentoring. Funding is also available for high-need teachers and teacher candidates from underrepresented populations.


From the Field

"There is a high demand for certified ESOL teachers in western New York to meet the requirements of Integrated English as a New Language (ENL) programs in secondary schools. In Integrated ENL classes, dually certified teachers may provide core content area and English language development instruction simultaneously. In this inclusive setting, students benefit from linguistic supports and instructional scaffolds to advance their academic language skills so they are able to fully participate in their learning alongside grade level peers. Working with English learners is a truly rewarding experience and a viable career path for educators interested in making a difference for linguistic and culturally diverse students."

Shawnna Sweet, professional development specialist, Mid-West RBERN, Monroe2-Orleans BOCES

What to Expect

  • Hybrid options (part on campus, part online) available for most courses. Students only need to come to campus once or twice per week.
  • Small class size with individual attention.
  • Be in demand in school districts across New York state, which have job openings for which they can't find enough teachers with these certifications.
  • Nazareth's affordable cost for grad teaching degrees makes this high-demand certification within reach, enabling you to fill a needed teaching position in a school district in the local region or beyond.
  • Nazareth's full-time director of clinical experiences and partnerships and full-time certification officer provide you with strong support, including prep for certification exams and facilitating hands-on experiences with students. If you're working in a school district, this can include facilitation with your own school district so you can meet degree requirements while keeping your job.
  • Your full-time career coach for education (part of Nazareth's nationally recognized Center for Life's Work) is available for resume, interviewing, and job search guidance.
  • Additional guidance and support is available from your individual academic advisor and from the School of Education's director of academic support services.

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