Master of Science in Education - Second Language Education


Program Description


Second language education allows you to build on the solid foundation of your bachelor's degree in a foreign language, English, linguistics, anthropology or sociology, education, speech or a related area. You also can expand your global awareness and enhance your professional credentials when you enroll in the M.S.Ed. in second language education: non-certification program at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

With the guidance of our expert faculty in modern languages, you will study methods of second language teaching, integration of technology in the classroom, theory, and research in second language acquisition, and linguistics. The English as a Second Language (ESL) non-certification program immerses you in developing practical techniques, methods, and materials for teaching ESL. You also will study English grammar in the context of TESOL, investigate adolescent language development and explore bilingual and multicultural education. In addition, you may choose program-related electives such as literacy and reading in middle and secondary schools or teaching special education learners in general education classrooms. This concentration area leading to certification requires you to complete 50 hours of field observation as part of your coursework. An additional student teaching experience is not required for the non-certification program.

Culminating Experience

A comprehensive examination completes your program.

Career Potential

With the non-certification M.S.Ed. in second language education from SUNY Cortland, you are prepared to teach English as a second language abroad in many settings or at a tertiary institution. You also may enjoy teaching English in adult education programs or to new immigrants and in citizenship programs within local community centers, colleges, and universities across the United States.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.


Required Materials

  • Completed online Graduate School Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admission Office Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  • New York State mandates that all SUNY teacher preparation programs adopt college entrance assessments for admissions consideration. Effective August 31, 2015 - anyone submitting an application for admission is required to submit scores for either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Admissions Criteria

Minimum admissions criteria include:

  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Recommendation of an undergraduate degree/major in one of the following areas:
    • a foreign language
    • English
    • linguistics
    • anthropology/sociology
    • education
    • speech or a related area.

Language Requirement

As a candidate for the M.S.Ed. in Second Language Education: English as Second Language (Non-certification), you must demonstrate competency in a foreign language by completing the college-level study or the equivalent of a language other than English to the fourth-semester level (intermediate II, 202).

Program Requirements

Program-related elective (3 cr. hr.) Choose one course from the following:

  • ICC 529 - Special Topics in International Communications and Culture (1-4 cr. hr.)
  • ICC 627 - Teaching Reading in the Second Language Context (3 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 549 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
  • FSA 510 - Teaching the Special Education Learner in the General Education Classroom (3 cr. hr.)

Other elective choices must be approved by the department.

A. Core Courses: 15 credit hours

  • EDU 637 - Seminar in Methods of Second Language Teaching (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 671 - Issues in Foundations of Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • ICC 523 - Integrating Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom (3 cr. hr.)
  • ICC 621 - Linguistics for Second Language Educators (3 cr. hr.)
  • ICC 623 - Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Research (3 cr. hr.)

B. Specialized Courses – English as a Second Language: 15 credit hours

  • AED 661 - Language Development in Adolescence for Non-Literature Majors (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ENG 601 - History of the English Language (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ICC 521 - Grammar for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (3 cr. hr.)
  • ICC 620 - Materials and Techniques for Teachers of English as a Second Language Through Mathematics, Science and Social Studies Content Areas (3 cr. hr.) (25 hours of field experience)
  • ICC 622 - Theory and Practice of Bilingual/Multicultural Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • ICC 624 - Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (3 cr. hr.) (25 hours of field experience)

C. Additional Requirements

  • ICC 685 - Comprehensive Examination (1 cr. hr.)
  • ICC 697 - Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)

Students who do not successfully complete ICC 685 will have to register for ICC 697 in subsequent semesters.

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Last updated Jan 2018

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