ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN TESOL (TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES) PROGRAM – PREPARING TEACHERS FOR PreK – 12
Prof. Laura Baecher
1011 West Building
The program leading to initial certification in Pre-K-12 TESOL is designed for students with existing advanced degrees (master's degrees or doctorates) in the content area (TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or Linguistics, usually focusing on teaching ESL to Adults) as defined by the New York State Education Department, but little or no PRE-K-12 education coursework, who wish to be certified as teachers of PRE-K-12 ESL. It is an advanced certificate program that leads to New York State PRE-K-12 TESOL certification, but does not lead to a Masters degree. It follows numerous similar Advanced Certificate programs that already exist in the School of Education in various Adolescent Education subjects that have a major content area component, such as Math Education, Science Education, Foreign Language Education, etc. in that it offers a way for candidates with existing advanced degrees in the content area to simply add on pedagogical coursework in order to obtain New York State certification to teach at the PRE-K-12 level.
The purpose of the proposed program of coursework is to provide prospective teachers who already hold a master's degree or doctorate in the content area with a solid course of study in TESOL subject-specific pedagogy, and clinical (school-based) experiences that will enable them to satisfy the requirements for teacher certification. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires all certified PRE-K-12 TESOL teachers to have a content core of 30 credits in their subject, education coursework and clinical experiences and, within their first five years of teaching, a Master's degree.
The proposed certificate program will not lead to a Masters degree; rather, it will lead simply to teacher certification in TESOL, grades PRE-K-12. The coursework is identical to the education coursework that is already part of Hunter's master's degree in PRE-K-12 TESOL, and does not propose the addition of any new courses. However, it does not include the graduate coursework in (Applied) Linguistics that is generally part of that master's degree because the students admitted to the proposed program would already hold master's degrees or doctorates in this content area.