TESOL - Advanced Cert.

This eighteen (18) credit hour program leads to a recommendation for a New York State (NYS) Certification in ESOL. The NYS requirement for twelve (12) credit hours of Language Other Than English (LOTE) is in addition to the 18 credit hours listed below for CAS program completion.

Requirements for Admission to the Program with Matriculated Acceptance

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in an area of arts, science, or education
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Evidence of New York State DASA Training* (if NYS teacher professional or permanent certification is dated prior to 2014)
  • Current NYS 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 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 without the LOTE credits fulfilled, but matriculation from the TESOL program is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of this requirement.
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: for Non-Native speakers of English:
    • 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 below under “Additional requirements for non-native speakers of English to the TESOL program”
  • * Conditional Acceptance may be granted if LOTE, and/or the DASA are pending.

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

    • The TESOL graduate 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 school 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.

    • 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 requirements outlined by the Graduate Studies website.

Degree Requirements

Program Completion Courses:

EDU 518Second Language Acquisitionand 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 568Foundations of Bilingual Education


EDU 567Practicum in TESOL III


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


EDU 671ESOL Practicum & Supervision(20 Day)


Total Credit Hours:18

*Candidates in all education programs are required to complete training under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Candidates entering the program without the DASA requirement may take an EDU 303.

Gainful Employment

All non-degree certificate programs at The State University of New York at Fredonia are subject to Gainful Employment (GE) rules. As part of the GE program regulations, institutions must disclose specific employment data about each of their GE programs to prospective students.

This information is intended to help students make informed choices about enrolling in a GE Program.  

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