TESOL Master of Science in Education (Option 2)

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 36 (plus additional courses as needed for certification)

Requirements for Admission to Fredonia’s TESOL M.S.Ed Program (Option 2) with matriculated acceptance:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in an area of arts, science , or education

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above

  • GRE scores with a minimum combined Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning score of 272 and submission of a GRE Analytical Writing score

  • Completed Graduate Application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies including:

    • Three (3) names with current contact information of professional associates who will speak on the candidate’s behalf. These names are in lieu of submitting written recommendation letters. The TESOL Program Coordinator has the option of contacting these professional people for a reference.

    • Official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except Fredonia).

  • Language Proficiency Requirements

    • For Native Speakers of English:

      • A graduate-level 800 – 1,200 word essay in English which addresses the topic: “Describe your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree.”

      • Twelve (12) post-secondary credit hours in a Language Other Than English (LOTE*), or an approved equivalency, in a single language. Candidates may be accepted conditionally into the TESOL Program with the LOTE credits fulfilled, but matriculation from the TESOL Program is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of this requirement.

    • For Non-Native Speakers of English:

      • A statement of your background and goals in addition to a curriculum vitae (maximum three pages).

      • A graduate-level 800-1,200 word essay in the candidate’s native language. This can be any completed academic paper (e.g., a paper from a college course).

      • Further stipulations as listed under “Additional requirements for non-native speakers of English to the TESOL Program.”

* Conditional Acceptance may be granted if GRE, LOTE, and/or DASA scores are pending.

Additional Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English to the Bilingual Education Program

  • The program requires that non-native speakers of English show evidence of English proficiency by providing scores which are different from those required of the Graduate Studies. Proof of proficiency may be shown by achieving the following test scores:
    • TOEFL: 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet)
    • IELTS (with no subsection below 6.0): 6.5
Fredonia’s code for reporting the TOEFL and IELTS scores electronically is 2539. International students who have been awarded a prior degree from the U.S., U.K./Ireland, Australia, Anglophone Canada, New Zealand, Anglophone Africa, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to applying to Fredonia are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • International applicants must provide official copies of all previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation of each. Proof of an official certification of the award of any and all degrees must be provided. Include documentation describing in which language the courses were taught. The latter can be included in a separate document as a chart or statement.
  • International applicants must also have transcripts translated and evaluated by WES (www.wes.org) or a similar agency against the American 4.0 standard.

Additionally, all International applicants must meet the requirements outlined by the Graduate Studies website.

Degree Requirements

Program Completion Requirements
EDU 570Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction


EDU 518Second Language Acquisition and Development


EDU 519Curriculum Theory for the Second Language Classroom - ESL I


EDU 521Practicum in TESOL I


EDU 540Content Area English as a Second Language


EDU 541Practicum in TESOL II


EDU 564Linguistics for ESL Educators


EDU 565Language and Learning: Psycho- and Sociolinguistic Considerations for Educators of ELL Students


EDU 568Foundations of Bilingual Education


EDU 567Practicum in TESOL III


EDU 569Assessment and Evaluation of English Language Learners (ELLs)


EDU 673ESOL/BE Practicum &Supervision (40 day)


EDU 660Conducting Educational Research


EDU 690Master's Thesis/Project


Total Credit Hours:36

Plus Elective
a course in Cultural Perspectives (as approved by the TESOL Program Coordinator)

Additional Course Requirements for NYS Teacher Certification

One of the following 4 courses
EDU 225Child Development


EDU 224Adolescent Development


EDU 501Advanced Study: Child Psychology


EDU 502Psychology of Adolescence


Total Credit Hours:3

And all of the following courses
EDU 250Introduction to the Exceptional Learner


EDU 251Practicum in Inclusive Education II


EDU 349Educational Psychology


EDU 303Safe Schools/Healthy Students-DASA: Safety Education/Fire and Arson/School Violence


EDU 304Safe Schools & Healthy Students


Total Credit Hours:9


  • EDU 250 and EDU 251 may be substituted with an equivalent graduate course as approved by the Dean of the College of Education;
  • EDU 349 may be substituted with an equivalent graduate course as approved by the Dean of the College of Education.

Total Credit Hours: 12

Total Credit Hours: 36

Also required for New York State Teacher Certification:

  • Fingerprinting;
  • Completion of pertinent New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE);
  • Meeting of all existing and current requirements as mandated by the New York State Education Department and CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

As of December 31, 2013, candidates in all education programs are required to complete training under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). The training required under the Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) is included in EDU 303 at Fredonia.