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Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Bilingual / Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL)

Preparing students to meet the demands of diverse communities.

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.

teacher talking to small child in classroom

Why Should I enroll in ADelphi’s TESOL or Bilingual Education programs?

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 MA 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.  

Who Are the Bilingual /TESOL Faculty?

Dr. Diana Schwinge, Associate Professor, PhD 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,  PhD 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, PhD 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.

Dr. Ming-Hsuan Wu Assistant Professor, PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wu’s dissertation was entitled “Re-imagining Education for Linguistically, Culturally, and Racially Diverse Students in a Changing Era: One U.S. Urban School’s Alternative Vision”.

What are the expected costs?

To find specific tuition and financial aid details please visit Adelphi’s Tuition site.

How do I apply?

  • GPA 3.0
  • Autobiographical Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
Additional requirement for the MA in TESOL leading to P-12 Certification and MS in Bilingual Childhood Special Education:

  • Results of Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

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For further information, please contact:

Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
p – 516.877.4100

Office of University Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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