Teaching, Learning, & Leadership

M.S.ED. in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL, K-12)

The 42-credit M.S.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, K-12) is for students without prior certification and leads to the degree of Master of Science in Education and eligibility for initial NYS Certification in TESOL, preparing students to teach English to speakers of other languages in K through 12 classrooms. There is also a 40-credit M.S.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, K-12) for students who already have certification in another area.

Students graduating from this program are eligible for teaching certification once they have passed all required portions of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE). Students may also apply for Internship Certification after completing the first 21 credits. Internship Certification permits students to begin teaching while they complete their degrees.

In order to meet the New York State Education Department's licensing requirements, students must have taken as part of their general education course work 12 semester hours or the equivalent of study of a language other than English. If this requirement is not met on admission to the program, it can be met concurrent to the student's completing program requirements.

Students with prior initial certification in another area will, upon completing this program, also be eligible for professional certification in their original certification area.

A 40-credit non-certification track is available for students who are not interested in or who do not qualify for certification.

Course of Study
Tier I: Diversity, Language and Literacies in Urban Education (9 credits)
TAL 801 Issues in Urban Education 3 credits
TAL 805 Linguistics and the Structure of English for Teachers 3 credits
TAL 826  Curriculum and TESOL Pedagogy  3 credits 
Tier II: Observation and Description of Urban Learners (15 credits)
TAL 802 Language and Literacy 3 credits
TAL 803  Perspectives on Disability  3 credits* 
TAL 825 First and Second Language
Acquisition and Classroom Practice
3 credits
TAL 827 ESOL and Content Area Instruction: Childhood K-6 3 credits
TAL 830 Classroom Inquiry I 3 credits
Tier III: Inquiry of Urban Classrooms and Teaching Practices (12 to 15 credits)
TAL 828 ESOL and Content Area Instruction:
Adolescence 6-12
3 credits
TAL 867 Sociolinguistics and Teaching 3 credits
TAL 868 Second Language Literacy and Biliteracy 3 credits
TAL 880 Classroom Inquiry II 3 credits
TAL 803 Perspectives on Disability 3 credits*
Tier IV: Advanced Inquiry and Practice (4-6 credits)
TAL 886B Student Teaching for the Practicing Teacher: TESOL 1 credit**
TAL 975 Final Inquiry Seminar: TESOL 3 credits

* For students seeking 1st initial certification.
**For students seeking 2nd initial certification.

Students must also complete the following non-credit workshops offered through the School of Continuing Studies or present proof of equivalent training elsewhere:

State-Mandated Training
ALCX 702 Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
ALCX 703 Violence Prevention
ALCX 705  Harassment/Bullying/CyberBullying/Discrimnation 


School of Education
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Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean

516-299-2210 Albert.Inserra@liu.edu