TESOL (Option 1) - M.S.Ed

Requirements for Admission to Fredonia’s TESOL M.S.Ed Program (Option 1) 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
  • Current New York State Teaching Certificate
  • 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 candidates 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 without 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 English which addresses the following topic: "Describe your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree.
      • 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 MSEd 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 SUNY 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 671ESOL Practicum & Supervision(20 Day)


EDU 660Conducting Educational Research


EDU 690Master's Thesis/Project


Total Credit Hours:33


  • EDU 690 is a variable 3-6 credit hour course. Students must complete the course for three (3) credit hours to meet the program requirements.

Plus Elective

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

Total Credit Hours: 36

As of December 31, 2013, candidates in all education programs are required to complete training under the Dignity for All Students (DASA). Candidates entering the program without the DASA requirement may take an EDU DASA workshop through Fredonia's Extended Learning.