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

Our program leads to a master’s degree and recommendation for New York State certification in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), PreK-12.  It reflects cutting edge theory and practice related to helping English language learners develop proficiency in English literacy and academic language skills.  Our 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.  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 TELL Program has two strands:

  1. Appropriate for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree and current New York State teacher certification in a teaching area. Upon completing this 30-credit, 10- month program, candidates will earn a master’s degree and a recommendation for PreK-12 ESOL certification.  Can be completed full or part-time.
  2. Appropriate for candidates who have a bachelor’s or a master's degree in a core content area but do not have current New York State teacher certification.  Upon completing this 39-hour, 14-month program, candidates will earn a master’s degree and recommendation for PreK-12 ESOL certification.  Can only be completed full-time.

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

Why should you study with us?

  • Full- and some part-time students can 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.

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?

Click here to go to the Syracuse University graduate application information page.