Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Advanced Certificate
The TESOL program at the Pace University School of Education provides certified educators with 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. Candidates who successfully complete the certificate will be certified to teach English to speakers of other languages in grades Pre-K–12.
Program of Study
This 15-credit certificate program provides a focused exploration of the theory, research and methods for teaching English Language Learners. 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. Candidates successfully completing this advanced certificate program will be qualified to teach English speakers of other languages at all grade levels and ages and become ESL materials specialists, administrators, and researchers.
Candidates 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. Two positive letters of recommendation must also be included with application to the program. Candidates must also have an Initial or Professional teaching certificate from New York State or comparable certificate from another state.