ESL Graduate Programs in New York

Jun 02, 2020

Graduate degree programs for English as a Second Language are often known as TESOL programs, which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The master's programs and their coursework and admissions requirements at five institutions in New York are covered below.

Institution Location Graduate Tuition and Fees (2019-2020)*
Manhattanville College Purchase, NY $17,310
Niagara University Niagara University, NY $14,525
Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY $16,806
The College of New Rochelle New Rochelle, NY NA
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY $26,134

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

Overview of New York ESL Graduate Programs

Manhattanville College

Manhattanville College offers two TESOL master's programs: one for all grades and one for adult and international settings. Each program combines practical application with educational theory. The school also offers an advanced certificate in TESOL that requires 30 credits of study. Students must possess a bachelor's degree in order to apply for the master's degree programs. Those pursuing the certificate will need to already have a master's degree. The admissions process involves submitting an online application, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resume. Students will also need to submit their scores from the GRE or MAT tests, along with a non-refundable application free of $75.00.

Niagara University

Niagara University also offers two TESOL master's degree programs. Students can pursue a Master of Science in TESOL, which is for those who hold a degree in education and New York initial state teacher certification. An 18-credit advanced certificate program in TESOL is also available for those with current teacher certification. The second master's program will provide students with initial teacher certification, which requires students to complete two full-time student teaching assignments. Students will need to mail their undergraduate transcripts to the university. They will need to submit two references (via mail or online) and a statement of intent and a resume online. Students will also need to mail their testing scores from the GRE, Accuplacer, SAT, or ACT.

Mercy College

Students will need to complete an online application for the graduate program at Mercy College. The college requires a non-refundable $40 processing fee and undergraduate transcripts. Additional documentation can include a personal statement, recommendation letters, resume, and test scores. Mercy College offers a Master of Science in TESOL with two possible tracks. The first one is for students who require initial reaching certificate and includes a fifteen-week student teaching rotation. The second track is for students who possess a teaching certificate in another subject area and includes 20 days of experience in an ESL PreK-12 class. An advanced certificate in TESOL is also available at Mercy College for currently certified teachers who already hold a master's degree.

The College of New Rochelle

The College of New Rochelle's admissions process includes submitting an application, bachelor's degree transcripts, resume, personal statement, and two recommendation letters. Students must have a 3.0 GPA for their content area, along with a 3.0 overall GPA. Admittance into the TESOL graduate program also requires that students earned a minimum of 12 credits in a foreign language. The master's degree program emphasizes cultural understanding, linguistics, and ESL teaching methods.

Hofstra University

Hofstra University awards several TESOL graduate degrees. The Master of Science in TESOL will provide students with an initial teaching certificate. Students can pursue a TESOL degree with specialization in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which is for those who already have teaching certification in another content area. The college also offers a dual degree in TESOL and Languages Other Than English (LOTE). Similar to the other schools, Hofstra also has an advanced certificate option in TESOL for current teachers with a master's degree. Hofstra has an online graduate application and requires students to provide supporting documentation like transcripts and letters of recommendation via its web portal.

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