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TESOL Advanced Certificate

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Advanced Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL): Certificate Program: Pre-K - 12th Grade

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15

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Program Description (PDF)
Degree: Advanced Certificate: This program does not lead to an academic degree.
Credits: 15

Start Semester: Fall, Spring, or Summer
Campus: Lincoln Center & Westchester
Full-time/Part-time: Both

Program Description

The Advanced TESOL Certificate program is designed for experienced teachers holding an initial, provisional, permanent or professional certificate, who are interested in expanding their knowledge about working with Emergent Bilinguals.

Individuals who do not possess an initial teaching certification, but are matriculated in an initial teacher education program at Fordham University may also apply.

The 15-credit program leads to a certificate and to endorsement for an extension to the early childhood, childhood, or adolescence certificate to teach English as a second language. The program does not lead to an academic degree.

Admissions Information

In addition to the general admissions requirements, applicants must have a:
  • Copy of NYS initial/Provisional/Professional or Permanent Certification as a classroom teacher (early childhood, childhood, or adolescence) or proof of matriculation in a teacher education program (early childhood, childhood, adolescence) at Fordham University.
  • 12 credits in a language other than English.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English through course work and the Admissions essay.
  • Candidates for whom English is a second language are required to take and achieve a passing score in one of two tests: the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELT (International English Language Test). The following scores are the recommended minimum for English Language Proficiency for admission to the Graduate School of Education:
    • IELTS*: 7 for General Test Score, No subtest can be lower than 6.
    • TOEFL*: 577 for paper test, 90 for Internet based (IBT) test.
      *Note: Scores can be no more than 2 years old.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in graduate work.
  • Two professional/academic recommendation.
Visit the Admissions section for applications and general application requirements.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15

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  • Teaching the Structure of the English Language (CTGE6401)


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