The TESOL and Bilingual Education programs are committed to preparing socially active, dedicated and professionally involved teachers and related support professionals to meet the needs of diverse communities. It combines theory, practice, and understandings that are intertwined with an awareness and sensitivity of gender, race, faith, class and ability in P-12 school age children.
The TESOL program leads to TESOL certification (Pre-K to grade 12). A Master’s degree in TESOL will also provide opportunities to travel the world teaching English or teach English in a private or Community College. The TESOL M.A. non-certification track was designed for either international students or candidates preparing to teach adults or on programs where Certification is not required.
Bilingual Education Post Master’s program leads to bilingual extensions for both certified teachers and pupil personnel service providers. The Bilingual Childhood Special Education Tri-Certification program (grades 1-6) was designed for career changers or those wishing to become certified in all three areas to meet the shortage of certified teachers.
What Programs of Study are available in TESOL/Bilingual Education
TESOL and Bilingual Education courses are offered at both the Garden City, Long Island campus and the Manhattan Center, located in downtown Manhattan. Students have opportunities to follow flexible program schedules with two hybrid format courses and one course offered entirely online. Courses in Garden City meet on weekday afternoons and evenings and the Manhattan Center’s Saturday courses meet on 8-week cycles.
Dr. Diana Schwinge, Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schwinge’s research focuses on action research in teacher preparation and biliteracy acquisition in elementary school children.
Dr. Clara V. Bauler, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Education (Applied Linguistics, Cultural Perspectives, Comparative Education) from the University of California in Santa Barbara. Dr. Bauler has conducted research on academic language development among middle school bilingual, integration of TESOL principles and practices into content area instruction.
Dr. Luda Bryzzheva, Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Bryzzheva’s research interests include development of culturally sensitive curriculum in the schools, race and social justice, peace studies and philosophy of education.
Manhattan Center tuition rates vary from Garden City rates. Please speak to a Student Financial Services advisor for additional information.
Please contact the New York City Department of Education’s, Office of Recruitment, and ask for the Director of Scholarship, Recruitment Programs and Pupil Personnel Services for full graduate scholarships for Bilingual TSSLD, Social Workers and Tri-certification Bilingual Childhood Special Education candidates.