M.S. in Teaching English Language Learners (Pre-K-12)

The M.S. in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) reflects cutting edge theory and practice related to helping English language learners develop proficiency in English literacy and academic language skills. We prepare teachers to be agents of change who work to transform education in ways that will fully serve the needs of English language learners.

The need for teachers of English language learners is growing in New York state as well as in other parts of the United States. This is due to the increasing numbers of English language learners entering the US yearly. Graduates from our program have found positions as ESL teachers, elementary teachers, and subject-specific teachers across the United States, using their deep knowledge of how to support the learning of English language learners in their classes.

Why TELL at Syracuse?

  • Receive extra scholarship support through SU’s School of Education if you choose to study in this important area.
  • Small student cohorts mean you get to know your teachers and peers who will become your lifelong colleagues.
  • Full-time faculty members teach our courses, which means that you will have excellent teachers who will share cutting-edge practices in all your classes.
  • You will gain knowledge of theories, strategies, and methodologies in teaching English language learners and become conversant in socio-cultural and sociolinguistic issues that impact acquisition of English as an additional language.
  • Through active participation in local area schools, you will collaborate with ESOL teachers in planning, and implementing instruction and assessment.
  • You will engage in cultural experiences to help you gain a deeper insight into the wide diversity of English language learners.
  • You will develop expertise and confidence as a teacher of English language learners.

This program aligns with the professional standards of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Organization, and the New York State Teaching and Learning Standards, and leads to a master’s degree and recommendation for New York State certification in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), PreK-12. 

The TELL Program has two strands, depending on previous experience:

  1. Appropriate for candidates who DO have current New York State teacher certification in another teaching area, and a bachelor’s degree: This strand is 30 credit hours over 10 months, but can be completed as a full- or part- time student.
  2. Appropriate for candidates who DO NOT have current New York State teacher certification, but do have a bachelor’s or a master's degree in a core content area. This stand is 40 credit hours over 14 months, and can only be completed as a full-time student.

Both programs have an entry requirement of a minimum of 12 credits in one language other than English.

Program Contacts

Zaline Roy-Campbell, Program Coordinator
(315) 443-8194

Rebecca Freeland, Office Coordinator

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