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Advanced Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Degree: Advanced Certificate
Credits: 15
Career Path: Teacher of emergent bilingual students

Start Semester: Any
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-time: Both

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 and 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 certification to teach English as a second language.

This program does not lead to an academic degree.

Admissions Information

In addition to the general admissions requirements, applicants must have:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 12 credits in a language other than English
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in graduate work
  • Two professional/academic recommendations
  • MAT, GRE, or equivalent exam scores

The following scores are the recommended minimum for English Language Proficiency for admission to the Graduate School of Education: 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.

Application Deadlines

Fall: June 30
Spring: November 15
Summer (both sessions): April 15

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

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

  • Integrating the English Language Arts across the Content Areas in the ESL Classroom (CTGE5845)
  • Principles of Bilingual Education (CTGE5841)
  • Second Language Acquisition and Assessment (CTGE5842)
  • Teaching English Literacy to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (CTGE5846)
  • Teaching the Structure of the English Language (CTGE6401)

All courses require 15-20 fieldwork hours in a school that has an ESL program.


GSE Admissions

Program Contact
Dr. Aida A. Nevárez-LaTorre