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TESOL, Master of Science in Education

Education Specialties


This 33 credits research and standards-based graduate program is intended for those educators who wish to obtain a Master’s of Science Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). This program addresses the needs of educators interested in working with linguistically and culturally diverse learners. The focus is on creative and critical pedagogy and best teaching practices with socially just awareness as well as multi-modal curriculum design and planning for ENL (English as a New Language) students. Coursework addresses many critical areas and major policies and program models such as the dual language approach, the psychology and sociology of teaching linguistically diverse students, appropriate assessment instruments for planning instruction and ensuring progress, individualizing instruction for special education and all students, incorporating technology and creative classroom applications, exemplary clinical/field experiences to develop reflective teaching and planning practices. Our 11-course sequence prepares candidates to become professional, competent, caring and multicultural educators of English Language Learners (ELLs).

This program is offered entirely online.

In order to earn the certificate, students must complete the 33-graduate education courses within the program, pass the New York State Content Specialty Test (CST) in TESOL and possess 12-credits in a foreign language. Any deficient foreign language credits can be fulfilled while enrolled in the program.

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

In addition, the following are required for admission:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree
  2. Official college transcripts showing a B (3.0 GPA) or better average
  3. New York State initial teacher certification. Candidates who do not hold initial certification and desire to obtain NYS certification should apply to the joint M.S. Ed. program in Childhood Education or Adolescent Education and TESOL.
  4. International students or students who do not wish to obtain NYS certification are not required to hold initial certification
  5. Proficiency in English: Students who have international academic credentials must demonstrate proficiency in English at the start of the program by passing oral language, and written reading and writing proficiency tests in English administered by the University's ESL Department.  Students who do not demonstrate adequate English language proficiency will be required to take ESL course work to bring their English language proficiency to the required level, as recommended by the ESL Director.  Such coursework will not be used to meet a program prerequisite and will not count towards meeting the credits required for the TESOL degree.
  6. Completed application
  7. Application Fee
  8. Essay/Statement of Goals
  9. Two letters of recommendation


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.

Student Resources


  • 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
  • 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*
  • EDU 9711:    Educating and Accommodating the Needs of Individuals with Exceptionalities, K-12
  • 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 teach English as a New Language (ENL) in New York State classrooms as push-in/pull-out teachers or in stand -alone classrooms and in dual language classrooms, when combined with an additional education certification. Our coursework enables candidates to successfully navigate the challenges of working with students from various cultures  who speak a variety of languages. Students completing this program can also teach ENL/EFL students in schools and college programs abroad or within the United States.

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

Audrey Murphy

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