Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Programs & Courses at Pace University


The number of English Language Learners (ELL) in American public schools has grown by 51% over a 10 year period, according to a 2011 report by the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition. This student population has challenged educators and schools alike to  ensure that these students can be successful in following core curriculum, acquiring academic knowledge, and raising the level of achievement on standardized exams, all while sharpening their English-language skills.As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the U.S. has been steadily increasing and continues to grow in this country, so too rises the demand for qualified teachers who can help these students excel academically in today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.

The School of Education is pleased to announce a new program of study to address this growing need: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  Pace University’s TESOL Programs will prepare future edutcators to meet certification requirements and will provide students with the knowledge and skills in linguistic and multi-cultural communication necessary for English language learners to learn and achieve.

The School of Education at Pace University offers a number of valuable courses in TESOL, as part of complete programs leading to either a master's degree or advanced certificate, for educators to become certified teachers of English to speakers of other languages, and to expand their expertise to help drive student learning and achievement.

Degree/Certification Programs

The School of Education offers two formal programs of study in TESOL, which lead to certification. Our programs and courses address theory, research and methods for teaching ELLs, including an awareness and understanding of the sociocultural and sociolinguistic issues that impact the acquisition of English as an additional language among students. Students in our courses and candidates in our full programs will learn to cross the borders of language to promote successm in culturally  and linguistically diverse classrooms, and teach English to people of all ages.

Programs leading to NYS certification:

Candidates who successfully complete either the MST or Advanced Certificate program will be certified to teach English to speakers of other languages in grades Pre K-12. Graduates of this new program will be qualified to work in public and private schools (locally and internationally) and non-traditional settings, and as become ESL materials specialists, administrators and researchers. The programs are available on both or New York City and Westchester campuses, with full- and part-time study available.

To learn more about TESOL at the Pace University School of Education, please contact our Office of Student Support Services at (914) 773-3571.