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Degree: Master of Science (MS)
Credits: 33
Career Path: Teacher of students who are learning English as an additional language

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

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.

It is appropriate for those who work in adult education, corporate or community education, and for international educators preparing to teach English as a foreign language. This program is available for individuals who are not pursuing a state teaching certification.

Program Prerequisites

  • 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:
    • IELTS*: 7 for General Test Score, No subtest can be lower than 6
    • TOEFL*: 577 for paper test, 90 for Internet based (IBT) test
  • MAT, GRE, or equivalent exam scores

*Note: Scores can be no more than 2 years old.

Application Deadlines

  • February 1
  • Supplemental Materials Deadline: April 14

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

Admissions Requirements

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

  • For international students: All transcripts need to be translated into English and evaluated for evaluated for credentialing in the United States by and accredited agency (World Education Services)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in graduate work
  • Two professional/academic recommendations

Fieldwork Requirements

Fordham GSE's TESOL Track 2 program follows a supervised field and clinical experience model in the PreK-12 grade levels. We require 90 hours of field experiences prior to the Practicum, and 320 hours of clinical experiences (i.e. 8 weeks). Students are guided through both sets of experiences by the program coordinator, Practicum faculty, field specialists, and school site cooperating teacher.

Program Curriculum

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General Requirements

  • Children’s Literature in a Multicultural Society (CTGE5245)
  • Including Exceptional Students (CTGE5154)
  • Integrating English Language Arts Across the Content Areas in the ESL Classroom (CTGE5845)
  • Historical, Philosophical and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Second Language Acquisition and Assessment (CTGE5840)
  • 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)
  • Internet Applications and Distance Education (CTGE5912)
  • Media and Technology: Applications to Instruction (CTGE6057)
  • Technology and Data Inquiry (CTGE62702)

Electives(6 credits)

  • Principles of Bilingual Education (CTGE5841)
  • Observing and Documenting Children’s Learning: Reflective and Effective English as a Second Language Practices (CTGE5849)


  • Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Comprehensive Assessment (CTGE5847)
  • Comprehensive Exam(CTGE0701)


GSE Admissions
Phone: 212-636-6400

Program Contact
Dr. Aida A. Nevárez-LaTorre

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