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Division of Arts & Humanities
Queens College
City University of New York

65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
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M.S. in Education: TESOL (Program Code 540)

Admissions Requirements, Maintenance Requirements, Degree Requirements, Certification Requirements, Graduate Course Descriptions

Department: Linguistics and Communication Disorders (LCD)
Office: Kissena Hall 349
Phone: (718) 997 2870
Fax: (718) 997 2873
Program Director: Robert Vago

This graduate program prepares students for New York State certification to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) in school settings (all grades). The curriculum is grounded in the study of the structure of human language in general and English in particular, and addresses issues of language acquisition, literacy, educational technology, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. The program emphasizes involvement with both elementary and secondary schools: it provides a student teaching course and field experiences in two methods courses at both levels.

Applicants possessing a NYS teaching certificate and a master’s degree:  see the Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in TESOL program.

Admissions Requirements (Fall matriculation only; admitted students may begin their studies in the Summer.)

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for admission.

  • Completion of bachelorís degree with a 3.0 GPA minimum.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited American institution of higher education must submit proof of having achieved a score of 600 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal essay of approximately 500 words.
  • The credentials of each applicant will be examined by the Linguistics Graduate Admissions Committee. An interview may be requested.
  • The number of applicants approved for matriculation is limited by available resources; therefore, applicants who otherwise meet minimum requirements for matriculation may not necessarily be admitted.

The application deadline is April 1. For an application packet, contact the Graduate Admissions office. For non-matriculed admission, contact the LCD office.

Maintenance Requirements

  • Minimum overall grade point average of B (3.0).
  • All students must file a Program of Study form with the Program Director.

Degree Requirements

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for the Master of Science in Education degree.

  • For students who possess a New York State teaching certificate, satisfactory completion of the following 39 credits: LCD 701, 702, 703, 705, 706, 707, 712, 720, 740.3, 741.3, 742, 790, and 796.
  • For students who do not possess a New York State teaching certificate, satisfactory completion of the following 44 credits: LCD 701, 702, 703, 705, 706, 707, 712, 720, 740.4, 741.4, 742, 790, 794, and 795.
  • Completion of course requirements with a minimum overall grade point average of B (3.0).

Certification Requirements

  • Students must complete the following coursework in pedagogy: Foundations of Education, Child Development/Psychology, and Adolescent Development/Psychology.
  • Students must complete a general education core in liberal arts and sciences: (a) two courses in English, Comparative Literature, or Literary Criticism; (b) two courses in American History; (c) two courses in the Social Sciences; (d) one course in the Biological Sciences; (e) one course in the Physical Sciences; (f) one course in Information Technology; (g) two courses in Mathematics, Scientific Methodology, or Quantitative Reasoning; (h) 12 semester hours or equivalent of study of a language other than English.
  • Students may satisfy the pedagogy requirement and the general education core in liberal arts and sciences requirement as part of their previous programs of study (undergraduate or graduate). In case of deficiencies, appropriate coursework may be taken in conjunction with and in addition to the course requirements for the Masterís degree, in consultation with the Program Director.
  • Students must consult with the Program Director for additional requirements (tests, seminars, etc.) for New York State certification.

Graduate Course Descriptions