M.S. in TESOL
The Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the College of Mount Saint Vincent is a 30-36 credit curriculum consisting of both professional and skills-based clinically oriented courses. Students seeking initial teacher certification in TESOL take an additional 6 credits and must follow all program recommendations for NYSED certification exams.
Students successfully completing this program and who pass the requisite teacher certification content specialty examination in ESOL will be eligible for New York State Initial Certification in TESOL.
Program Learning Outcomes for Master of Science in TESOL
Candidates who successfully complete all required components of the TESOL P-K-12 program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent will obtain the knowledge and skills in the following areas:
Knowledge About Language
- Identify English language structures, orthography, morphology, semantics, syntax, and phonetics and its application in their instruction.
- Analyze second language acquisition and development, and academic language literacies and its application in their instruction.
English Language Learners in the Sociocultural Context
- Analyze how various factors of cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, political, familial, personal, and academic contexts influence English Language Learners’ (ELLs) learning and language development.
- Raise awareness of identities, beliefs, biases, and prejudices of their own and how they influence their teaching and student learning.
Planning and Implementing Onstruction
- Integrate standards-based, research-proven, engaging lessons to help ELLs develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills by using appropriate technology, scaffolding techniques, and differentiated instruction.
- Integrate standards-based, research-proven, engaging lessons to help ELLs successfully learn grade-level content in social studies, science, math, and other subject areas by using appropriate technology, scaffolding techniques, and differentiated instruction.
Assessment and Evaluation
- Design and adapt classroom assessment instruments and rubrics including alternative and performance-based assessments.
- Analyze and interpret multiple and varied assessments including classroom-based, standardized, and language proficiency assessments to make informed instructional decisions.
Professionalism and Leadership
- Collaborate with other teachers, school communities, and families.
- Synthesize policies and legal rights of ELLs and their families and provide support and advocacy.
- Self-reflect and assess their teaching and pursue continuous professional development.