English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education

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.

If you already have obtained your teacher certification and are looking to add to your professional skill set, our ESOL certificate of advanced study is for you. Our extension program focuses on teaching English as a new language to speakers of other languages in American educational systems: early childhood, childhood and secondary schools. To be eligible for this program, you must have native or near native proficiency in both English and Spanish. 

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Why English for Speakers of Other Languages Education at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • research and evaluation projects, including field experiences and projects in collaboration with local schools' bilingual and second language programs
  • study of English language learners and bilingual education students
  • study of foundation of bilingual, dual and second language education
  • study of bilingualism and first and second language acquisition
  • study of developmental readers, second language reading processes, and reading instruction at elementary grades; second language literacy; adolescent literacy practice; language, literacy and culture; children's and young adult literature; and classroom reading and second language assessment

English for Speakers of Other Languages Education Programs

Initial / Professional Professional Extension
Prerequisite

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 30 credit hours in one of the following areas:

›  English
›  Languages other than English
›  Linguistics
›  A speech-related field

Program Overview

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

Spring:
Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1
Summer:
Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15
Fall:
Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15

 

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.