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Mercy College 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre K-12, M.S.


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JungKang Miller, Ph.D., Chair
914-674-7333
jkmiller@mercy.edu

The Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program may lead to initial / professional certification. Candidates in the M.S. in TESOL (Track 1) must complete the 15-week New York State required student teaching experience. Candidates in the M.S. in TESOL certificate program (Track 2) are required to complete 20 days of clinical practice experience within an ESL Pre-K–12 school environment. Professional Certification in New York State requires three years of teaching experience.

Additional admission requirements for the Master of Science in TESOL include a 30-credit undergraduate major in one of the liberal arts or sciences. EDUC 610 Developmental Psychology, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for the TESOL Program.

TESOL Program Goals:

Candidates in the M.S. Program in TESOL are expected to acquire the knowledge, skills, and professionalism necessary to meet the English language and content area needs of English Language Learners in inclusive or mainstream classrooms, in urban and/ or suburban settings. Program participants, with faculty guidance and support, are expected to become reflective practitioners and develop expertise in the following areas:

  1. Develop the necessary skills, attitudes and sensitivities to understand that language is a comprehensive and complex system of communication and use such knowledge to meet the educational needs of English Language Learners from diverse cultural backgrounds and learning styles, who are foreign born, or who come from homes where a language other than English is spoken, who are mainstream or students with disabilities.
  2. Understand the importance and impact that culture and cultural identity have on family relationships, including those of extended families and students.
  3. Understand how assessment informs instruction in determining the needs of the whole child, academically, psychologically, socially, culturally and linguistically and to apply such knowledge in planning for instruction, based on the students’ linguistic assessment and second-language teaching strategies and in accordance with the New York State and National Core Learning Standards.
  4. Become lifelong learners of emerging research and technologies, able to apply sound criteria in selecting and adapting materials and approaches that support the effective teaching of diverse linguistic populations.

Master of Science in TESOL Pre K-12 (Track 1) Program and Course Requirements


The Admission to the Master of Science in TESOL requires a 30 credit undergraduate major in one of the liberal arts or sciences. EDUC 610 - Developmental Psychology  , or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for the TESOL Program. The program requires completion of an e-portfolio, and obtaining a passing score on the CST in ESOL prior to registration in the clinical practice course, 12 credits of college-level work in a language other than English, and completion of the following graduate courses:

Course Numbers and Titles

Total Credits: 36


Initial Certificate Program Progression:

  • EDUC 505   and EDUC 507   must be completed prior to registering for EDUC 629   and EDUC 636   
  • EDUC 636   must be completed prior to registering for EDUC 713 
  • EDUC 713   should be taken in the candidate’s last semester and candidates must apply for the placement during the semester prior to registration.
  • A passing score on the Content Specialty Test in ESOL is required prior to registering for EDUC 713   

Master of Science in TESOL Pre K-12 (Track 2) Program and Course Requirements


Track 2 of the Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for those students who hold an initial certificate in another content area and are seeking initial / professional ESOL certification. The program requires the same prerequisites as Track 1, development of an e-portfolio, passing the CST in ESOL prior to registration for EDUC 707 , 12 credits of college-level work in a language other than English, and completion of the following graduate courses:

Course Numbers and Titles

Total Credits: 33


Professional Certificate Program Progression:

  • EDUC 505  should be completed prior to registration for EDUC 636 .
  • EDUC 636  must be completed prior to registering for EDUC 707 .
  • A passing score on the Content Specialty Test in ESOL is required prior to registering for EDUC 707 .
  • EDUC 707  should be taken in the candidate’s last semester and candidates must apply for placement during the semester prior to registration.

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