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Special Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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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 Special Education TESOL Extension Program in Early Childhood, Childhood, or Adolescence Education (any adolescence certification) is designed for experienced teachers holding an initial, provisional, permanent, or professional certificate in special education.

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

The 15-credit program leads to a certificate and to endorsement for an extension to the special education certification to teach ESL Special Education.

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
  • MAT, GRE, or equivalent exam scores
  • Two professional/academic recommendations

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 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 completion of 15 to 20 hours of field work in a school that has a bilingual education program.

Certification Information

The 15-credit program leads to a certificate and to endorsement for an extension to the special education certification to teach ESL Special Education.

Contact

GSE Admissions
212.636.6400
gse_admiss@fordham.edu

Program Contact
Dr. Aida A. Nevárez-LaTorre