MST in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Candidates in the TESOL program at the Pace University School of Education will gain knowledge of the multifaceted approach to teaching English language learners (ELLs), an increasing student population that requires a specialized study of language and literacy development, and differentiated instruction for students at all grade levels. TESOL is a growing field for both ESL teachers and general education and content area teachers with promising career opportunities domestically and internationally.

Career changers and college graduates who want to teach but do not have an undergraduate degree in education.

This program is available on both our Westchester and New York City campuses.

What you learn
This 30-credit program provides a focused exploration of the theory, researchand methods for teaching ELLs. Candidates will acquire an awareness and understanding of the sociocultural and sociolinguistic issues that impact the acquisition of English as an additional language among students. A one-semester full-time student-teaching experience rounds out the intensive study for TESOL certification.

Career outcomes
Candidates who successfully complete the program and pass the New York State Teacher Certification Exams will be certified to teach English to speakers of other languagesin all grade levels from Pre K-12.  

Prerequisites/Admission Requirements
Candidates for MST in TESOL must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of the dean, graduate faculty admissions committee, or the director of Student Support Services, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully). Candidates will submit official undergraduate transcripts documenting completion of requirements for the liberal arts and sciences; a major or concentration in the liberal arts and sciences; and at least 12 semester hours or the equivalent of study of a language other than English (LOTE). Individuals who lack the required LOTE college-level credits may obtain credit by examination through CLEP or any equivalent tests for up to 12 credits. Positive letters of recommendation must also be included with application to the program.

Degree Requirements
ED 551  Theory and Practice of TESOL/Bilingual Education (3 credits)
ED 556A  Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Teaching English Language and Literacy to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
ED 556B  Curriculum, Methods and Assessment: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Across the Content Areas (3 )
ED 557  Linguistics and Grammar for Language Teachers(3)
ED 630  Human Development in the School Context (3)
ED 631  Educational Psychology (3)
ED 632  Language, Meaning, and the Development of Global Perspectives in Diverse Schools(3)
ED 670  Trends and Issues in Special Education (3)
ED 690  Teacher as Researcher (3)
ED 559  Student Teaching or Practica for TESOL Candidates (3)
TCH 211A & TCH 211D  Workshops: Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse, Violence Intervention and Prevention, Dignity for All Students (DASA) 
Total 30