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Teaching English as a Second Language (K-12) Certification [ESL_CERT] (Major)

Students develop the content area knowledge and the pedagogical background necessary to teach English as a Second Language in grades K-12 in New York state. For additional information, visit the Modern Languages Department.

Career Potential

  • Public school ESL teacher
  • ESL instructor in the private sector or overseas

Prerequisites for Admission to the Major

  • Overall grade point average of 2.5
  • Passing grade on the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)

Requirements

  1. Degree Requirements listed here apply to the following major.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 90 credit hours

A. Required ESL Content Core: 33 credit hours
  • AED 437 - Methods of Teaching Second Languages in Middle/Junior and High Schools I (3 cr. hr.)
    Must be taken concurrently with AED 438. Admission to the major required.
  • AED 438 - Methods of Teaching Second Languages in Middle/Junior and High Schools II (3 cr. hr.)
    (35 field experience hours) Must be taken concurrently with AED 437 and SPE 275.
  • ESL 300 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 301 - Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 302 - Applied Linguistics for Teachers of English as a Second Language (3 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 303 - English Grammar for TESOL (3 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 400 - Teaching Reading in the Second Language Classroom (3 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 401 - Teaching Writing in the Second Language Classroom (3 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 402 - Teaching English as a Second Language in the Content Area (3 cr. hr.)
    (20 field experience hours)
  • ESL 403 - Second Language Testing and Assessment (3 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 404 - ESL Literacy in the Elementary School (3 cr. hr.)
    (20 field experience hours)
B. Professional Education

Seventeen to 18 credit hours plus 14 credit hours student teaching and SED-mandated workshops.

  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
    (25 field experience hours)
  • AED 440 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education TESOL (14 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 471 - Foundations of Modern Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
    Must be taken concurrently with AED 438.
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Example of the B.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language over four years

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • 2 GE courses
    Foreign language
    COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
    CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
    CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
    PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)

Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • 3 GE courses
    Foreign language
    CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
    CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)

Second Year Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • 2 GE courses
    Foreign language
    ESL 300 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 cr. hr.)
    ESL 302 - Applied Linguistics for Teachers of English as a Second Language (3 cr. hr.)

Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • 1 GE course
    Foreign language or elective
    ESL 301 - Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 cr. hr.)
    ESL 303 - English Grammar for TESOL (3 cr. hr.)
    ESL 404 - ESL Literacy in the Elementary School (3 cr. hr.)

Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 17-18
  • 2 Electives
    1 GE
    ESL 402 - Teaching English as a Second Language in the Content Area (3 cr. hr.)
    HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.) or
    HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.)
    PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
    PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)

Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Elective
    AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
    EDU 471 - Foundations of Modern Education (3 cr. hr.)
    ESL 400 - Teaching Reading in the Second Language Classroom (3 cr. hr.)
    ESL 401 - Teaching Writing in the Second Language Classroom (3 cr. hr.)

Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Elective
    AED 437 - Methods of Teaching Second Languages in Middle/Junior and High Schools I (3 cr. hr.)
    AED 438 - Methods of Teaching Second Languages in Middle/Junior and High Schools II (3 cr. hr.)
    ESL 403 - Second Language Testing and Assessment (3 cr. hr.)
    SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)

Spring Total credit hours: 14
  • AED 439 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education - Second Languages (14 cr. hr.)
C. Requirements for Sudent Teaching
  • CARR and SAVE workshops
  • 2.5 grade point average overall
  • 2.5 grade point average in required professional course work
  • 2.7 grade point average in major course work
  • completion of all content core course work
  • grade of B or better in SL Methods block (AED 437 and 438)
  • grade of B or better in ESL 303 - English Grammar for TESOL
  • Grade point averages are figured with all major and/or professional course taken to date, even if not required prior to student teaching.