Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Designed for individuals who have already earned a master's degree and hold initial or professional-level NYS teacher certification (B-2, 1-6, or 7-12) seeking to become certified in ESOL for the first time.

This program can be completed fully online.

Admission to the Program

The application process is managed by the Center for Graduate Studies. Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Transcripts with evidence of 12 credits in a language other than English, 3 credits in psychology & 3 credits in students with disabilities.
  3. One letter of recommendation
  4. Statement of objectives
  5. Resume
  6. Valid New York State certification in B-2, 1-6, or 7-12 (seeking to become certified in ESOL for the first time) edTPA, MAT or GRE scores

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.


  • **EDI 521: Methods for Teaching and Assessing English Language Learners
  • **EDI 628: Methods, Materials and Cultural Perspectives in TESOL/Bilingual Education
  • EDI 641: Theories and Trends in Bilingual/Multicultural Education
  • *EDI 655: Practicum in TESOL Education
  • EDI 661: Research in Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • EDI 726: Methods and Materials in Literacy Education, B-6
  • EDI 727: Methods and Materials in Literacy Education, 5-12

Minimum Total Credits: 18

* A Practicum of 20 days (minimum) is required for this course. The Practicum, which is similar to a mini-student teaching experience, must be completed under the supervision of a certified ESOL teacher in the level opposite your current initial or professional certification. Candidates must complete both EDI 521 and EDI 628 before registering for the Practicum.

** A 25-hour field experience is required for this course and must be completed in a K-12 setting with an ESOL teacher. For current, full-time teachers these hours can be completed during break/lunch times in your school or district. Where this is not possible, there may be an option for the hours to be completed in an after school program for P-12 students.Certification

Students who complete this program are eligible for the College’s recommendation for New York State certification. Program completion and submission of the recommendation form are also required to secure the College’s recommendation. Additional New York state certification requirements must be satisfied to earn certification. Students are advised to consult the Brockport Certification Office for comprehensive information regarding NYSED certification requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Content knowledge: Students will be able to understand the central concepts of their discipline.
  • Pedagogical content knowledge: Students will be able to develop instructional plans and strategies, and connect them with content knowledge to enhance learning opportunities for P-12 students.
  • Professional knowledge and skills: Students will be able to understand the learning needs of all students, and utilize their professional knowledge and skills, including the implementation of assessments and technology, to create effective learning experiences.
  • Reflective skills: Students will be able to continuously evaluate the impact of their work with students, reflecting on their success as teachers and addressing their needs for continuing professional improvement.
  • Professional dispositions: Students will practice professional ethics, including dedication, respect, intellectual integrity, positive outlook, self-awareness, and professionalism.
  • Positive impact on P-12 learning: Students will be able to produce evidence that they engage students in meaningful activity that promotes the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.