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TESOL, Master of Science in Education

Education Specialties


These research and standards-based graduate programs prepare professional, competent, caring and multicultural educators of English Language Learners (ELLs). The Master of Science degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) offers two tracks, for those with and without New York State Certification.

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Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information.

You must take and submit the results from one of the three possible exams listed below in order for you to be considered for admission.


33 Credits

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Foundations (9 credits)

  • EDU 9001:     Foundations of Bilingual and Second Language Education
  • EDU 9002:     Psychology and Sociology of Language and Bilingualism
  • EDU 9006:     Human Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective

TESOL Professional Core (18 credits)

  • EDU 9003:    Literacy Development for First and Second Language Learners*
  • EDU 9004:    Content Area Instruction for Linguistically/Culturally Diverse Learners*
  • EDU 9010:     Linguistics for Teachers of English Language and Exceptional Learners*
  • EDU 9012:     Methods of Language and Academic Assessment for English Language and Exceptional Learners*
  • EDU 9014:     Practicum and Seminar in TESOL (International students can replace with elective upon advisor approval)*
  • EDU 9015:     The Structure of the English Language*

Special Education Component (3 credits)

  • EDU 9711:    Educating and Accommodating the Needs of Individuals with Exceptionalities, K-12

Technology Course (3 credits)

  • EDU 7266:      Technology for Teaching Literacy Applications in Regular And Special Education Settings (Childhood Education)
    EDU 7267 :     Technology for Literacy-Based Applications in Content Area Learning in Regular and Special Education Setting (Adolescent Education)
    EDU 7666:    Advance Technology in Education


Career Outcomes

The program prepares graduates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of language and culture, the diverse language, cognitive and cultural background characteristics of English Language Learners (ELLs), grades K-12, including exceptional learners, and their individual instructional needs

  • Demonstrate knowedge of language as a system that serves as a basis for literacy development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of concepts, theory, practice and research related to first and second language acquisition and language learning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature and role of culture, socio-cultural processes, linguistic, cognitive, proficiency and academic aspects of diverse students and how this knowledge supports literacy development, academic achievement and cultural identity
  • Demonstrate knowledge of national, state and city policies, regulations, legislation, laws, scientifically-based research and practices regarding assessment and instructional design

Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of instructional programs for ELLs (K-12) for varied linguistic, cognitive, and socio-cultural backgrounds

  • Demonstrate the applicable state and national standards in TESOL and related content areas
  • Identify and articulate the alignment of relevant standards and instructional practices as they relate to curricula and materials for ELLs, K-12
  • Identify exemplary instructional practices for developing English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing for ELLs which focus on content areas of mathematics, science, social studies, art and include uses of technology, K-12

Demonstrate knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research, and research-based formal and informal evaluation and assessment procedures, materials and resources

  • Identify, describe and apply concepts, theory and practice related to TESOL research, assessment and evaluation of ELLs in language and in the academic content areas of instruction, classroom research and in collaborative assessment models to address the needs of diverse and exceptional ELLs, K-12.
  • Identify, describe and use various types of evaluation and assessment data needed to implement classroom research and data-based instructional planning, including ELLs with exceptionalities.
  • Identify, describe and apply a variety of formative, summative and standardized tests for ELLs and describe their purpose.
  • Demonstrate authentic classroom assessment for determining linguistic, cognitive and academic progress of diverse ELLs in all classroom settings.
  • Describe reflective teaching, action research and related approaches to improve teaching and learning, assess student progress and modify curricula and instructional strategies.

Identify, adopt, adapt and design curricula, instruction, materials and resources that address the varied linguistic, proficiency, cognitive levels and socio-cultural backgrounds of individual ELLs, based on relevant state and national standards and research-based exemplary practices in TESOL, K-12.

  • Identify appropriate materials and resources for regular, bilingual and dual language classroom instruction for varied linguistic and cognitive levels and cultural backgrounds.
  • Identify, adopt, adapt and design curricula, units, lesson plans and activities in constructing learning environments which address the individualized needs of ELLs.
  • Identify and develop curricula and instruction designed to support individual student learning in terms of language, academic and social development in settings including regular classrooms, self-contained classes, dual-language, special education and bilingual classrooms.

Demonstrate the implementation and management of effective instruction  of ELLs of diverse linguistic, cognitive levels and socio-cultural backgrounds for language development, literacy in English and  achievement in the content areas, K-12.

  • Apply relevant concepts, research, theory, evaluation, assessment and data in planning, design and management of exemplary instruction for ELLs, K-12, in various classroom settings, including special education and gifted and talented.
  • Demonstrate management of multilevel ESOL classrooms based on the diverse background characteristics of ELLs using standards-based ESL, and content curricula and instruction.
  • Demonstrate ability to serve as effective English language model, advocate, collaborator and creator of supportive classroom environments.
    Demonstrate knowledge of theory, research and strategies for self-evaluation, reflective teaching and action research to improve teaching and learning for ELLs, K-12.
  • Demonstrate the ability to structure and implement various learning environments which facilitate higher levels of achievement for students with interrupted formal learning.

Demonstrate the alignment of classroom instruction with respect to state and national standards in TESOL, Literacy, Special Education, Content Areas of instruction, Technology and the Arts, and scientifically based,  research-based exemplary practices in TESOL, K-12, in a collaborative environment.

  • Demonstrate collaborative strategies to implement effective standards and research-based, aligned instruction for ELLs of diverse linguistic, cognitive and cultural backgrounds, K-12.
  • Demonstrate the integration and use of findings from professional development conferences, seminars and the field of TESOL which focus on up-to-date research-based practices and individualized and standardized assessment and evaluation in the implementation of exemplary classroom instruction for ELLs, K-12.

Online Learning

Earn Your Degree Online
Pursue your St. John’s degree entirely on your computer. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs allow you to take courses electronically. Log in at your convenience to enter our virtual classrooms, learn from our accomplished faculty, and engage with classmates.

Our online courses offer the same high academic quality that students experience on campus. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.

A Fully Academic Experience
You also enjoy the outstanding services available to all St. John’s students, for example:

  • Eligibility for scholarships and financial aid
  • Tuition and fees identical to those for on-campus courses
  • Access to library collections, career services, mentoring, and other academic resources.

Contact us for more information about online learning at St. John’s.

Program Contract

Dr. Audrey Figueroa Murphy

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Sullivan Hall Room 409
[email protected]

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Monday - Thursday

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Friday