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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (MST)
Credits: 36
Career Path: Teacher of K-12 students who are learning English as an additional language

Start Semester: All
Campus: Lincoln Center

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

Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships Available 

Fieldwork required for financial aid & scholarships.

Program Prerequisites

  • Twelve (12) credits in a language other than English
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English through undergraduate course work and the admissions essay

Application Deadlines

Fall: June 30
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15

General Teacher Education Program Admissions Requirements 

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Online application
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE or MAT exam scores 

In addition to the general admissions requirements above, international applicants must have all transcripts translated into English and evaluated for credentialing in the United States by an accredited agency (World Education Services). 

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Additional Multilingual Education Programs

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

  • Children’s Literature in a Multicultural Society (CTGE5245)
  • Integrating English Language Arts Across the Content Areas in the ESL Classroom (CTGE5845)*
  • Psychology of Child Development and Learning (PSGE5316) or Human Development and Learning: Pre School to Grade 12 (PSGE5318)
  • Race and Multicultural Education (EDGE6101) or Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Second Language Acquisition and Assessment (CTGE5842)*
  • Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, and Future (CTGE5155)
  • Teaching English Literacy to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (CTGE5846)*
  • Teaching the Structure of the English Language (CTGE6401)*

Technology (3 credits)

  • Computers and Technology for Educators (CTGE5910)
  • Communication Media and Education (CTGE6495)
  • Emerging Issues in Technology (CTGE6265)
  • Internet Applications and Distance Education (CTGE5912)
  • Media Literacy Technology (CTGE6261)
  • Media and Technology: Applications to Instruction (PSGE6565)

Elective (3 credits)

  • Observing and Documenting Children’s Learning: Reflective and Effective English as a Second Language Practices Comprehensive Assessment (CTGE5849)*
  • Student Teaching Seminar I: Issues in Reflective Practice (CTGE5848)
  • Student Teaching Seminar II: Issues in Reflective Practice (CTGE5848) 


  • TESOL Portfolio (CTGE0712)

*Requires a minimum of 20-25 hours of fieldwork in a school that has an ESL program.


GSE Admissions
Phone: 212-636-6400

Program Contact
Aida A. Nevárez-LaTorre