Skip Navigation


  • MA-TESOL  30 credits
  • MA-TESOL  48 credits (MA plus New York State TESOL Certification preK-12)

The MA-TESOL Program is a professional education program designed to prepare graduate students to teach English to speakers of other languages. A unique feature of our program is its combination of extensive field experience and clinical practice with grounding in intellectually rigorous coursework based in the scientific study of language structure, language use, and language acquisition.

There are two tracks. One is a 48 credit track that leads to the MA-TESOL degree plus New York State teacher certification. This is the appropriate track for those who are pursuing a MA degree and NYS teacher certification for the first time. The other is a 30 credit track and leads to the MA-TESOL degree only. This track is intended for those who already hold NYS teacher certification in an area other than TESOL and who wish to obtain TESOL certification, or those who are not interested in NYS teacher certification. Upon completion of the MA 30 credit degree, students can apply directly to New York State for alternate route certification in TESOL (see the FAQs).

Please note: The deadline for MA-TESOL admissions is 

For international applicants: April 15
For domestic applicants: June 1

For program specific questions contact Tatiana Luchkina at (MA-TESOL Program Director).

For more info on the application process, contact Michelle Carbone at (Graduate Program Coordinator)