The School of EducationQueens Campus
The Masters Degree Program in Childhood Education and TESOL is a unique, robust, specially designed 48 credit program intended for graduates from “non-education” programs who want to change their career path and fulfill their desire to become multiculturalist professional NY State state certified TESOL teachers of English learners (PreK-12), or general classroom teachers in grades (K-6) with expertise and certification in TESOL.
The combined Career Change Masters program includes dynamic, creative courses reflecting the latest exemplary research, theory and practice in the field. You will take courses taught by award winning, experienced and convivial faculty with international stature, and prestige. Valuable field experiences, mentored student teaching and a practicum at the best multilingual, multicultural New York City and region schools will connect your pedagogical knowledge to 21st Century realities in technology and teaching methods so that you will be READY FOR DAY ONE in your new career.
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50% of the entire Masters Degree Career Change program - the 24-credit TESOL component – is also offered ONLINE. Your advisor will help design a workable program for you if you choose this option.
New York State Teaching Certification
Graduates, including international students with appropriate visas, will obtain the Masters Degree in Childhood Education and TESOL and will also obtain New York State Certification in TESOL (preK-12) and Childhood Education (K-6) upon successful completion of any prerequisites, required coursework, field experiences and New York State Education Department Certification Examinations. Your advisor and School of Education staff will help guide you throughout this process.
Non-Certification Path Available
The program may also be taken as a “non-Certification Track” if you are not seeking New York State Teaching Certification. Your advisor will help you adjust your program appropriately.
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John Spiridakis, Ph.D.
Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
A variety of undergraduate or graduate majors and/or all types of career and work backgrounds from outside the education are welcome. Participants who enter this program do not need to hold any teaching certification or a teaching degree.
All candidates are expected to have completed 12 undergraduate level credits or the equivalent, in a language other than English, including sign language. Some prerequisites may also be applied based on transcript review.
International students must submit documents for transcript review and proof of English proficiency.
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School of Education
Although the Masters Program coursework cultivates a powerful multicultural sensibility and skills for teaching diverse students at all ages and skill levels, the program often offers the chance to take one or two TESOL courses. Discover directly another country’s lifestyle, culture and language while completing required coursework. One-week winter break (January) and two-week summer (July) courses may be offered at one of our Global Study campuses in Rome or Paris, or sites in Spain, Greece, and other countries.
International students are eligible to enroll in the program. Students from other countries learn about the US school system and become confident teachers able to teach in American schools while completing their student teaching and TESOL practicum. Rich clinical experiences are offered during student teaching and the TESOL practicum.
International students with proper visas can take NY State Education Department certification exams. See FAQS for Graduate Admissions for International Students.
Intl students- TOEFL scores above 60 or an IELTS 6 or above
Bilingual Certification Option
Eligible bilingual students can also opt to complete additional coursework under advisement to obtain the NYS Bilingual Extension. This additional certification enables bilingual graduates, including international students, to also apply for positions as bilingual and dual language teachers in NY public schools. This additional area of expertise is also available for non-Certification track students.
Download the program planning sheet.
Core Childhood Education Courses (21 credits)
TESOL Foundations (6 credits)
TESOL Professional Core (18 credits)
Special Education component (3 credits)
Graduates of the Career change program obtain two NYS certifications: to teach Childhood Education and to teach English as a New Language (TESOL) at the early childhood, childhood, middle school, and adolescent education levels.
Teachers of ESL/ENL are sought in public and private schools, at the Pre-school level up to the 12th grade. Graduates typically obtain teaching positions in self-contained TESOL classrooms, dual language programs and many other settings. Graduates occupy positions at public schools in various settings. Job opportunities are enhanced by our Alumni relationships; many SOE and TESOL Program alumni occupy positions as school principals.
The program also results in unique, extensive job mobility. Our graduates can sometimes change grade levels within the public school system and opt to teach in other states. Graduates can also work as curriculum developers, teach at colleges, Adult Education Centers, teach English (EFL) abroad at preK to Adult levels on a full-time basis, or part-time, during summers.