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TESOL, Advanced Certificate

15 Credits
The School of Education
Long Island Graduate Center, Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus, Manhattan Campus, Online


A dramatic rise in the number of students entering schools from non-English speaking households has changed the face of the New York Metro area and increased the need for educators adept in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The Advanced Certificate in TESOL prepares holders of initial or professional New York State certification to support English Language Learners (ELLs) from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

In order to earn the certificate, students must complete the 15-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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Department Contact

Dr. Audrey Figueroa Murphy

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Gainful Employment Disclosures

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Admissions Requirements

  • A master's degree
  • Official transcripts showing a B (3.0 GPA) or better average
  • New York State initial teacher certification or eligibility for teaching certification.  Entry into the TESOL program is open to those students who hold initial certification in early childhood, elementary or childhood, middle childhood, secondary or adolescent education, literacy or special education.  Students who do not hold initial certification should apply to the joint M.S.Ed. program in Childhood Education and TESOL.
  • International students are not required to hold initial certification
  • Proficiency in English.  Students who have foreign 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 up 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.
  • Completed application
  • Application Fee
  • Essay
  • You must take and submit the results from one of the three possible exams for you to be considered for admission: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or PRAXIS Core.

Application Procedure

Students currently enrolled at St. John’s University as undergraduate seniors or graduate students should meet with their advisor to determine how to qualify for the Advanced Certificate in TESOL.

Students not currently enrolled at St. John’s University can request an application and information about the program at each of our four campuses.


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.

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