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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Advanced Certificate


  • Program Overview

    Deepen your ability to teach students learning English as a new language in your classroom or as a specialist.

    The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Advanced Certificate program is designed for teachers who are interested in deepening their skills in working with students learning English as a new language in grades pre-K-12. Grounded in a developmental-interaction approach, our program is steeped in the belief that through careful observation, culturally sustaining pedagogy, inquiry learning, and assessment, teachers are able to respond to students’ shifts in development and interests. This is a certificate program and requires 12-21 credits.

    As a student in this program you will:

    • Acquire a rich teaching repertoire to understand the intellectual, linguistic, and emotional needs of emergent bilingual students.
    • Develop a strong voice as an ENL teacher, and as an advocate, critical thinker and innovator of language instruction.
    • Deepen your literacy foundation through coursework and inquiry projects.
    • Validate students’ authentic use of language by incorporating students’ diverse linguistic resources into your planning.
    • Collaborate and make decisions with a range of colleagues and families around curriculum development, assessment, and program planning for emergent bilingual students.
    • Learn to work practically and effectively in a field that requires proficiency with state/national standards, rigorous instruction, assessments, and data analysis.
    • Develop an ability to react flexibly to the needs of students by adapting instruction to linguistic, academic, and special needs.

    Did you know we also offer a teacher residency program for TESOL?  No prior certification is needed! Here’s what you need to know:

    • Be hired as a teacher apprentice at one of the DOE’s International High Schools
    • Earn a salary in Year 1 of $22,500 (plus benefits)
    • Be eligible to be hired as a full-time teacher in Year 2
    • Receive discounted tuition of $470 per credit (plus fees)

    Learn more about our TESOL Residency program.


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  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the main admissions criteria, there are additional requirements needed to apply for this program:

    • Applicants must have a master’s degree in education with a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must hold a valid New York State initial/professional teaching certification in early childhood, elementary or childhood, middle childhood, secondary or adolescent education, literacy, or special education.
    • To fulfill New York State certification requirements, applicants must have at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent of study (i.e. passing CLEP exam scores) in a language other than English at the time the program begins, but must fulfill a total of 12 semester hours in order to complete and graduate from the program.
  • Coursework

  • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

    Depending on your prior teaching experiences with ENL students, you may have one semester of supervised fieldwork. At Bank Street College, we believe that what sets us apart in the field of education is using theory to inform practice and practice to inform theory. During supervised fieldwork/advisement you apply theories of language, human, and literacy development to your practice while also critically examine how social, political, and economic factors frame your students and their use of language in schools.

    The addition of supervised fieldwork to the program is determined with guidance from the program director. Students can complete supervised fieldwork as student or working teachers:

    • As a student teacher, you will be placed in an ENL setting in either grades pre-K-6 or grades 7-12. Student teachers work three full days a week in their classrooms.
    • As a working head or assistant teacher, you will use your own classroom as your fieldwork, provided it will allow you experience with ENL students.

    Taken concurrently with coursework, supervised fieldwork is designed to foster the integration of theory and practice. You will:

    • Be supervised by your advisor, a core graduate faculty mentor and experienced teacher.
    • Participate in a weekly conference group of 5-7 students and your advisor.
    • Discuss challenges and successes that arise in your school, strengthen your instructional practices, and come to a better understanding of your needs as an ENL educator.
    • Reflect on a lesson with your advisor once each month.
    • Meet individually with your advisor once each month.
    • Complete projects to help you take a deeper look at the setting and students you work with.
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  • Certification

    Upon completion will be eligible for New York State certification in TESOL, grades PreK-12, provided you complete all other State certification requirements.