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

Program Overview

Teaching English Language Learners, Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 12 (TELL), is a program of study leading to a master’s degree in education and recommendation for New York State certification in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  In accordance with state guidelines, applicants to the TELL program must have already achieved NYS certification in another teaching area. 

The TELL program prepares teachers to help students develop proficiency in English for academic and social purposes in integrated and free-standing services, compatible to current school programs, and to become effective advocates for integrated, fully inclusive classroom-based programs that draw on student strengths and address student needs.

The program is grounded on the principles that the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of English language learners are valuable resources and that students best acquire and develop English language literacy – speaking, listening, reading and writing—in rich language contexts. 

Through academic work, TELL degree candidates gain knowledge of theories, strategies, and methodologies in teaching English language learners and become conversant in socio-cultural and socio-linguistic issues that impact acquisition of English as an additional language.  The combination of coursework and practical experience prepares teachers as specialists in educating English language learners by providing them a thorough understanding of how theory is connected to effective practice in promoting second language acquisition and developing literacy for social and academic purposes. 
 

Why study with us?

Students who complete the master’s program in Teaching English Language Learners, Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 12 and pass the content exam for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) are eligible for New York State certification in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Students report choosing our program for numerous reasons, including:
  • Knowledge of theories, strategies, and methodologies in teaching English language learners
  • Nationally visible faculty members who conduct cutting-edge research in collaboration with local schools and community groups
  • A strong and cohesive curriculum that integrates theory, research, and practice
  • Well-sequenced field placements with highly skilled mentor teachers and supervisors
  • Small class sizes that provide a high degree of personal support for students

Program Contacts:

Zaline Roy-Campbell (Program coordinator)
Email: zmroycam@syr.edu
Phone: (315) 443-8194

Rebecca Freeland
Email: rbfreela@syr.edu
Phone: 315-443-4755

Ready to Apply?

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