Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Teaching Programs

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Track 1


Application Deadlines
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15


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Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
Credits: 36
Career Path: Teacher of students who are learning English as an additional language

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

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and TESOL International Association awarded National Recognition to Fordham's TESOL Track 1 program.

TESOL teacher candidates learn to identify and implement ESL teaching strategies, design and evaluate curriculum, and become familiar with instructional materials to meet the needs of emerging bilinguals (EB).

The program emphasizes research-based instructional practices, which promote cognitive development and linguistic proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English as an additional language. The program prepares individuals to work with children and adolescents from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

This program is only available for individuals interested in teaching K-12 schools and who are qualified to be certified as teachers in K-12 schools.

Program Pre-Requisites

  • Twelve (12) credits in a language other than English
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English through undergraduate course work and the Admissions essay
  • Candidates for whom English is an additional 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, current test scores for English Language Proficiency for admission to the Graduate School of Education:
    • A. IELTS*: 7 for General Test Score, No subtest can be lower than 6
    • B. TOEFL*: 577 for paper test, 90 for Internet based (IBT) test
      *Note: Scores can be no more than 2 years old.

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15
Visit the Admissions section for applications and general application requirements.

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Fieldwork Requirements

Fordham GSE’s TESOL program in Track 1 follows a supervised field and clinical experience model in the PreK-12 grade levels. It requires Field Experiences (115 hours) prior to Student Teaching, and Clinical Experiences (35 days at an elementary school and 35 days at a middle school or high school – 560 hours) during Student Teaching. Students are guided through both sets of experiences by the program coordinator, student-teaching faculty, field specialists, and school site cooperating teacher.

Program Curriculum

Click any course title to read the course description. Browse all course descriptions. Technology (3 credits) Electives (3 credits) Field Experience and Student Teaching Comprehensive Assessment

Certification Information

Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, complete the course of study and meet established field experience competencies are eligible for Fordham University’s endorsement for New York state initial certification in their program area. Read more about certification procedures.

Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.


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