Teaching English Language Learners, M.S.

The M.S. programs in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) prepares teachers to be agents of change who work to transform education in ways that will fully serve the needs of English language learners.

These programs in the Department of Reading and Language Arts reflect cutting edge theory and practice in helping English language learners develop proficiency in English literacy and academic language skills. There are two TELL master’s degrees at Syracuse, depending on your existing New York State teacher certification:

  • The Teaching English Language Learners: 1st Certification program is for candidates with a liberal arts or content area major/background, but no existing teacher certification.
  • The Teaching English Language Learners (as an additional certification area) program is for candidates with existing New York State initial certification in any other teaching area.

Both of these programs meet the academic requirements for both initial and professional New York State teacher certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages (all grades).

Why Teaching English Language Learners at Syracuse?

  • Complete your degree in 10-14 months of full-time study!
  • You will take classes with full time faculty who are deeply involved in educational theory, research, and cutting-edge practices in literacy and development for English language learners (ELLs).
  • Grounded on the principles that the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of ELLs are valuable resources and that students best acquire and develop English language literacy – speaking, listening, reading and writing-in rich language contexts.
  • The program aligns with the professional standards of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Organization.
  • Small student cohorts and a highly engaged alumni network mean you get to know your teachers and peers who will become your lifelong colleagues.
  • Intensive field experiences provide rich teaching experiences with youth from diverse backgrounds. Through active participation in local area schools, you will collaborate with ESOL teachers in planning, and implementing instruction and assessment.

As more English language learners enter and grow up in the United States, the need for TELL educators is growing. Our graduates are in demand for roles such as:

  • Teachers of English to speakers of other languages
  • Teacher leaders and department chairs
  • Classroom teachers
  • Subject-specific teachers in their content area of choice
  • Further studies in Literacy Education, Educational Leadership, or another area of interest

Program Contacts

Rebecca Pettit, Inquiry and Application Specialist
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment|315.443.2505
Louise Wilkinson, Distinguished Professor of Education, Psychology and Communication Sciences|315.443.4757
Louise Wilkinson