Literacy Specialist and TESOL, MSEd

The Literacy Specialist and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) MSEd is a dual degree program for certified teachers that seek to enhance their careers. With a focus on instruction and literacy development, this program is ideal for teachers with linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. The Literacy Specialist and TESOL MSEd connects language knowledge fundamentals with attention to cultural experiences, for today’s globalized classroom.

Program Overview

The Literacy and TESOL MSEd, modeled after the current Literacy MSEd and TESOL programs, integrates contemporary theory and practice in a variety of educational areas including language and literacy development, culturally responsive teaching, digital literacies, children and adolescent literature, as well as learning strategies for children who struggle to read or write.

Field Experience

Literacy and TESOL students complete substantial fieldwork and mentored experiences that surpass state requirements. Candidates can choose from our faculty-led abroad courses in Italy or Ecuador as one of their required TESOL courses.

Certification and Career Outcomes

Graduates leave Pace with the knowledge and skills to lead and meet the changing educational needs of their communities. Some career options include:

  • K-12 ESOL Teachers and Literacy B-6 or 5-12 tracks;
  • Literacy/TESOL Coaches who assist teachers in developing curriculum that better serve student’s cultural differences.


  • New York State classroom teaching certificate (Initial or Professional)
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution (official transcripts documenting degree must be submitted).
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.
  • Submission and review of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended.
  • Completion of the application process, including a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and, in some cases, an admission interview.
  • Twelve (12) credits of study in a language other than English or equivalent. Missing credits can be taken after admissions.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ED 556A CMA:Teaching Eng Language & Literacy to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students 3
ED 755B Literacy Instruction & Technological Applications for a Diverse Population of Middle Grade Students 3
ED 551 Foundations of Bilingual Education 3
ED 650 Research/Theory in Developing Literacy 3
EDG 605 General Assessment 3
ED 556B CMA: Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students across the Content Areas 3
Summer 1-1
ED 557 Linguistics and Grammar for Language Teachers 3
Year 2
ED 655A
Early Literacy Development in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Settings
or Adolescent Content Literacies in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Settings (Grades 9-12)
ED 690 Teacher as Researcher 3
ED 677 Literacy for Children with Special Needs 3
ED 693B
Literacy Practicum II: Birth - Grade 6
or Literacy Practicum II Grades 5-12
ED 559 Student Teaching or Practica for TESOL Candidates 3
 Total Credits36