Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Degree Offered: Ed.M.
New York State Teacher Certificate Options: none; this degree does not lead to New York State teacher certification

This curricular option leads to an Ed.M. degree in TESOL from the University at Buffalo. This degree prepares the graduate to teach in college level ESL (English as a Second Language) programs, adult level ESL programs for immigrants and refugees in the United States, and all levels internationally. Historically, the Ed.M. in TESOL has been considered the terminal professional degree for those who seek opportunities to teach ESL at all levels internationally and at the adult and college level in the United States. A wide variety of educational organizations hire program completers from the University at Buffalo. Therefore, this degree is marketable throughout New York State, nationally, and internationally.

Students in this program develop a practical approach underpinned by current theory and research in the fields of applied linguistics, educational theory, best practices in pedagogy, and second language acquisition. Core courses in the program provide a solid foundation in TESOL with coursework in methodology, second language acquisition, pedagogical grammar and a semester long practicum. Additionally, courses in second language literacy, assessment, online pedagogical uses of technology and intercultural communication add breadth and depth to our graduates' preparation. Housed in the Department of Learning and Instruction, our students have the opportunity to interact with graduate students in many fields of education such as Early Childhood Education, New Literacies, and traditional teacher education specializations.

Program Requirements

Requirements for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Other Programs in Foreign and Second Language

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): This program leads to an Ed.M. degree from the University at Buffalo, and to a recommendation for a New York State teacher certificate and is intended for those who are interested in teaching English in public, PreK-12 schools in New York State.
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE): The teacher education program offers a curricular option that leads to New York State teacher certificates (grades 7-12, plus grades 1-6 extension) in the following languages: Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish.
  • Early Childhood (birth-grade 2) or Childhood Education (grades 1-6) with Bilingual Extension: The teacher education program offers curricular options that lead to New York State teacher certificates in Early Childhood or Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension.
  • Foreign and Second Language: For those seeking study beyond the master's degree level, there is a program that leads to a Ph.D. This program provides a comprehensive background in theory, practice, and research for those who aspire to academic appointments in universities or colleges, as well as other leadership positions within the education sector.

GSE Faculty are Leaders in Their Field

Dr. Janina Brutt-Griffler, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy recently delivered a major lecture on English as a world language. Dr. Brutt-Griffler is one of the many professors you will interact with and learn from as a TESOL student in GSE.