Teaching English as a New Language, MSEd

Campus: NYC, Westchester

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Teaching English as a New Language (ENL) prepares certified teachers to teach English Language Learners (ELL’s), in grades Pre K-12. Candidates in the Teaching English as a New Language program gain the skills and knowledge necessary for today’s linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms.


Students will receive specialized study in multilingual language, and literacy development, differentiated instruction, and culturally responsive-sustaining pedagogy approaches. This program is designed for certified teachers who want to deepen their understanding of working with ELL and diverse students.


Fieldwork and practicum can conveniently take place in the school setting, where the teacher candidate works. There are a variety of electives to choose from, depending on interest. Candidates can also choose from our faculty-led abroad courses in Italy or Ecuador as one of their required TESOL courses.


In New York state, there is a high demand for teachers who are dually certified in TESOL and/or bilingual education, as the number of students who are both multilingual and multicultural continues to grow. Candidates who successfully complete the program and meet the requirements will lead to certification in ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) Pre-K through 12 settings. The School of Education has a high placement rate with partner schools for graduates in this field.


  • 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.
TESOL Core Requirements
EDG 605General Assessment3
ED 650Research/Theory in Developing Literacy3
ED 551Foundations of Bilingual Education (15 hours of fieldwork required)3
ED 556ACMA:Teaching Eng Language & Literacy to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students (15 hours of fieldwork required)3
ED 556BCMA: Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students across the Content Areas (15 hours of fieldwork required)3
ED 557Linguistics and Grammar for Language Teachers (15 hours of fieldwork required)3
Two Courses:6
Choose from: Literacy, Special Education, Early Childhood, Study Abroad
Capstone Requirement
ED 690Teacher as Researcher3
ED 559Student Teaching or Practica for TESOL Candidates3
Total Credits30