Our master's program in ESOL education is for you if you wish to obtain New York State initial/professional certification to teach grades K–12 bilingual and/or English language learners. This program is also for you if you have already obtained initial teacher certification before entering the program, but you aspire to complete both a master's degree in ESOL education and satisfy grades K–12 professional ESOL certification requirements. Our program focuses on teaching English as a new language to speakers of other languages in American educational systems: early childhood, childhood and secondary schools.
The features of our program include:
To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 30 credit hours in one of the following areas:
› Languages other than English
› A speech-related field
|Academic credential granted||Master of Education (EdM)|
|Certification option||Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for NYS Professional Certification in English for Speakers of Other Languages Education|
|Grade levels||K to 12 |
|Credits required for completion||33|
|Time to completion||2 to 3 full-time semesters|
|Course delivery||On campus|
|Career opportunities||English for speakers of other languages teacher|
|Experiential contact hours||Additional clinical experience may be embedded in content coursework|
|Application deadline||Priority Deadlines |
Fall/Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
At this time, we encourage you to utilize the at-home GRE to fulfill the admissions requirements. An at-home MAT exam is not currently being offered.
However, for those who had cancelled tests, or are having issues with taking the at-home GRE, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. There are options available for having your application reviewed while we work with you to figure out an alternative plan to complete the standardized testing requirement.
You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires that all students applying for certification as of December 31, 2013 have 6 hours of coursework or training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. As mandated by NYSED six clock hours of training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention. This workshop is available through the University at Buffalo as well as other NYSED-approved providers. If you have already completed a workshop through a NYSED-approved provider, you must submit proof of completion when you apply.
The New York State Education Department requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities for those who are entering the teacher education programs. If you have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you may take our students with disabilities course (LAI 574).
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.
If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.