MA in Education - TESOL
Whether you are a globetrotter who is also passionate about education or a certified teacher who wants to expand your professional repertoire, the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate program at Binghamton University can help meet your needs. The TESOL program offers the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) and the Master of Arts (MA) degrees. The MA enables graduates to teach in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs on college campuses or in other English programs across the globe. This track is also suitable for international students who wish to be involved in English education around the world, such as ESL programs in higher education or other intensive English programs. The MSEd is designed for those who are already certified looking to teach English Language Learners (ELL) in K-12 settings.
Students will be immersed in multi-layered theoretical and practical approaches to teaching English as a second language, from language acquisition and literacy development to effective ESL pedagogies and history about ELLs. Students taking classes full-time will complete this program in just three semesters, with their studies culminating in either a capstone project or master’s thesis.
Master’s Degrees in TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Rewarding opportunity in a growing field
There is an increasing demand for English language skills by speakers of other languages across the world. Through rigorous education and professional training, this program will prepare you to make a difference for one learner (or many!) and see the impact of your work firsthand.
The global future needs well-prepared TESOL professionals
A focused program that is both demanding and rewarding; preparing well-educated, skillful graduates as English Language Educators for jobs at schools, universities, and businesses, both domestic and international.
A professional graduate degree that will take you places
This degree provides you with the skills to bridge communication gaps by assisting learners of the English language; and a career path that offers you opportunities at home and abroad, as you learn about other cultures and countries.
Students are assigned a faculty advisor who will offer guidance throughout their academic career. Our lively curriculum reflects the rapidly changing needs of the national population by including language teaching in global perspectives, technology-enhanced language teaching, and courses embedded in field experience.
In addition to regular coursework, fieldwork and student teaching are important components of the program. The program boasts strong content specialty as well as diverse student and faculty backgrounds. Faculty advisors and office staff are eager to assist students in tailoring their courses of study and field placements. Students are encouraged to take advantage of a well-established network of alumni and professional connections that will help with field visits and placements. There are urban, suburban and rural schools with student teaching opportunities in close proximity.
After You Graduate
The completion of the MA degree allows graduates to work in ESL programs on college campuses while earning the M.S.Ed. and meeting other requirements leads to New York State certification as a TESOL teacher. Employment opportunities for teachers have improved significantly over the last few years. Alumni of our programs in education teach at numerous schools regionally and around the country. Due to strict licensure rules, a New York State teaching license is well respected across the nation. Typically, graduates of the programs easily find employment as teachers in other states.
To be eligible for a graduate study, you must:
- Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
- You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
- You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
- You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University.
- Have earned, at a minimum, one of the following:
- A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
- A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
- A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
- In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.
To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you visit the GSE Admissions website for additional information.
- Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee.
- Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended.
- Personal statement of 500 words on career goals.
- Please see the GSE Admissions website for additional information about the personal statement.
- Résumé or curriculum vitae.
- Two letters of recommendations.
- The GSE will accept additional letters of recommendation.
- Official GRE scores.
- If you are a certified teacher, a copy of your initial teacher certification in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2), Literacy or Special Education, Childhood Education (grades 1–6) and/or Adolescence Education (grades 7–12) in one of the content areas: English, mathematics, sciences, social studies or foreign languages).
- Proof of successful completion of at least 12 semester hours or the equivalent of the study of a language other than English.
International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.
- International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form.
- Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.).
- Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores).
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