Admissions Requirements

We welcome applications from NYS-certified teachers who would like to pursue TESOL certification.

This program is designed to strengthen teachers' capacities to effectively serve children for whom English is a second language. 

Courses are scheduled to accommodate working students. Applicants should be aware that they are required to complete 100 hours of Student Teaching Experience in grades PreK-12.

Academic Requirements

All applicants to the MS program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages must have:

  • Completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution (official transcript must be submitted).
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale).
  • Provisional or initial NYS Certification in Education.
  • One sample of representative academic work (i.e., undergraduate/graduate writing project or research essay)
  • Applicants must provide proof of college level 12 credit hours in a foreign language. Please be aware American Sign Language will not be considered as a foreign language. You may show proof of the 12 credits in form of one of the following:
    1. 12 College Level Credits in a Foreign Language
    2. Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA)- NYSTCE
    3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)- Language Based
    4. NYU Language Testing Exam
  • All applicants who plan to enroll in our teacher education, leadership and counseling programs after July 1, 2016, must submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) official test scores, or a nationally-normed equivalent. Applicants who present MAT scores will be asked to complete a writing sample administered by Touro. It will be another criterion within a candidate's application that each program weighs appropriately. Touro's GRE test code is 2902 and MAT test code is 3346.

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212-463-0400 ext. 5288

Leticia Castillo
Assistant to Chair

Dr. Lucia Buttaro