1. A Master's degree or doctoral degree in TESOL, Linguistics, or Applied Linguistics, including specific coursework (of at least 3 credits each) in, Introduction to Linguistics/Analysis and Structure of English, Theories of Second Language Acquisition, and Sociolinguistics or Pragmatics. Any applicant lacking up to 8 credits of these pre-requisite content courses or fieldwork hours may be accepted into the program on the condition that they complete these credits before they begin their Student Teaching or Practicum requirement in the program.
2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.8 from an accredited bachelor's degree program; or a graduate grade point average of at least 3.5 from an accredited master's or doctoral degree program in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or Linguistics.
3. A liberal arts or sciences major of at least 30 credits
3. A general education core in liberal arts and sciences to include:
¨ 12 credits of foreign language documented on a transcript or equivalent credits as demonstrated through a standardized proficiency test like the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
¨ 6 credits in English, 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography), 3 credits in the arts, and 12 credits in math, science and technology (a college course in calculus satisfies 6 credits of this requirement).
4. Satisfactory communication skills, as demonstrated through an Interview and a short written essay to be completed as part of the application for matriculation
5. Two professional references to be included with the application for matriculation
6. A written statement, explaining why the applicant is interested in obtaining PRE-K-12 certification in TESOL
7. Applicants with academic credentials from non-English-speaking countries are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These applicants must score at least 600 on the general test, at least 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE), and 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).
All students in this program must also take and pass all required New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and submit their scores to the School of Education before they may begin student teaching. A student who does not receive a passing score on the CST may be required to enroll in additional courses in Linguistics or TESOL.