Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Track 1
: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
: Teacher for students developing English language skills
: Fall, Spring, or Summer
: Lincoln Center & Westchester
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 in schools K-12. Individuals that have F-1 status visas are instructed to apply to TESOL Track 2 instead.
- 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.
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Summer (both sessions): April 15
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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 each placement – 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.
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Technology (3 credits)
Electives (3 credits)
Field Experience and Student Teaching
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.