Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages M.S. Program

Master of Science
  • 30 Credits
  • School of Education
  • Bronx
  • Manhattan
  • Online
  • Westchester
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Overview

The Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program leads to initial/professional certification. Track I candidates (who are seeking their first teaching certificate) must complete the 15-week New York State required student teaching experience. Track II candidates (who have a NYS teaching certificate in another content area) must complete 20 days of clinical practice experience within an ESL Pre-K–12 school environment. Professional Certification in New York State requires three years of teaching experience.

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Career Opportunities

TESOL graduates typically teach in K-12 grade public schools, in English language institutes, in private schools, or for corporations around the world. For additional career information, visit the following sites:

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Outside the Classroom

- 10-15 hours of fieldwork observation experience per course - The Clinical Experience (student teaching) is a semester-long capstone course in collaboration with local schools


Track I: 30 credits total Track II: 30 credits total

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The Mercy Advantage

We have strong relationships with elementary and secondary schools across New York City and Westchester, ensuring that when students graduate they are prepared with experience and professional contacts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. Just a liberal arts major. Or have completed a 30-credit sequence in a liberal arts content area.

The following exams are required for initial candidates: EAS, CST(s) in your certification area(s), and the edTPA during student teaching, which is the last semester. Other state requirements include fingerprinting and workshops (DASA, Child Abuse, Violence Prevention, Health and Safety). The following exams are required for advanced candidates: CST(s) in your certification area(s).

The School of Education offers a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2; Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Secondary Education, 7-12; Teaching Literacy, Birth-Grade 12; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Educational Supervision; Educational Administration

Students seeking TESOL Certification need to have completed 12 credits in a Foreign Language prior to applying for TESOL certification with NYSED (*American Sign Language is considered a foreign language). Please note that you can apply to the TESOL program and complete the foreign language coursework either prior to beginning the graduate program or while enrolled in the graduate program.

Mercy will accept credits earned through CLEP examinations.

Program Details & Curriculum

Program and Course Requirements for Master of Science in TESOL - First Teaching Certificate

Track I: 36 Credits

Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Additional Teaching Certificate

Track II: 33 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog. 


Students must submit an Effective Educator Statement to complete their application. You can download requirements here. 

Please submit the completed statement to your application portal

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a solid content knowledge base that enables them to deliver effective educational and professional services based on current research, theory and practice
  • Employ multiple pedagogical and professional strategies and tools to enable them to be effective practitioners in educational settings and deliver services that promote students’ intellectual, social, and emotional development
  • Understand the diverse cultural, linguistic, learning, and social strengths and needs of all populations, and incorporate and demonstrate sensitivity to the richness of diverse cultures when providing educational and other school services
  • Employ technology to deliver information, instruction, and professional services to all members of the school community
  • Reflect on professional practice to make educational decisions and enhance student learning
  • Demonstrate positive dispositions that enable them to work as effective educators, citizens, and practitioners within the school and broader community

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