Second Language Education (TESOL) (065)

Beth Clark-Gareca, Graduate Coordinator, (845) 257-2856 

In response to the regional need for professionals prepared to educate linguistically and culturally diverse students, SUNY New Paltz offers a Master of Science in Education in Second Language Education. This thirty-six credit program leads to certification (initial and professional) in English to Speakers of Other Languages (Pre K-12).

Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

  • One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate course work; the baccalaureate transcript should be from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the major, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA overall. Candidates must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in one of the liberal arts or sciences.
  • An admission essay demonstrating experience and/or interest in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.
  • Satisfactory GRE scores.
  • Satisfactory completion of twelve semester hours of study of a language other than English.  All courses must be conducted in the target language.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • For international students, a minimum score of 90 on the internet-based TOEFL exam.

Curriculum Requirements - TESOL 

Core Courses (23 Credits)
SED573Teaching English as a New Language I3
SED551Field Experience I 1
EED581Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education 3
SED578Second Language Learning 3
SED577Applied Linguistics for Teachers of English as a New Language (ENL)3
SED576Teaching English as a New Language II3
SED552Field Experience II 1
SED575Teaching Literacy in English as a New Language3
SED580English Grammar for Teachers of English as a New Language (ENL)3
Student Teaching (7 Credits)
SED579Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language 6
SED606Practicum Seminar1
Additional Courses (6 Credits)
SED560Technology in the Classroom 3
SPE565Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms 3
Total Credits36

Program Requirements

  • File a “plan of study” during the first semester after matriculation.
  • Any deficiencies in the candidate’s previous training shall be removed by early advisement with the Second Language Education program advisor.
  • Completion of prescribed course work and other requirements within five years after matriculation.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better with no more than two grades below B-.
  • Successful completion of practicum during final semester of study.

Additional State Certification Requirements

In addition to degree requirements, candidates must meet several New York State certification requirements which include:

  1. Attending a number of workshops, designed to assist teachers in
    1. preventing violence in the schools (S.A.V.E)
    2. recognizing symptoms of child abuse and neglect,
    3. providing a safe and supportive learning environment through the training for Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), and
    4. by completing the Health & Safety training.
  2. Satisfying the New York State Certification Testing requirements, which include:
    1. Content Specialty Test (for initial certification)
  3. Completing six semester hours on the undergraduate level in each of the following four content areas: English, mathematics, history, and science.