TESOL Checklist and Timeline

The Master of Science in TESOL is designed to prepare prospective teachers of English language learners from grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Students successfully completing this course of study who pass the teacher certification content specialty exam in TESOL, will be eligible for New York State Initial Certification.

For individuals who are only interested in an additional certificate and not the M.S degree, the College also offers an additional classroom-teaching certificate in ESOL.

Fall: July 1
Summer: May 1
Spring: December 1

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into this program applicants must:

  • Have a New York State Initial Certification in discipline other than TESOL
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have earned a 3.0 minimum undergraduate or 3.5 GPA
  • Have fulfilled 12 credits in a foreign language or sign language/documented on an undergraduate/graduate transcript or equivalent credit on College Level Examination Program or NYU Proficiency Test

Application Requirements

Complete an Application
Submit your application

Applicants should send their official transcripts in sealed envelopes, from each college or university they have attended. All credentials from foreign institutions require a World Education Services (WES) evaluation.

Two Letters of Recommendation 
Two (2) letters of recommendation—one professional and one academic preferred.

References and transcripts can be sent separately or as part of the complete application. Both references and transcripts should be sent in envelopes sealed by the individual issuing the reference or the college issuing the official transcript. Copies and open envelopes are unofficial documents and will not be accepted.

New York State Certification
For those who hold Initial New York State certification in an area other than TESOL, the College will verify certification through TEACHONLINE. For those who hold Professional Certification, the College requests a copy of the New York State Certification.

Standardized Test Scores
An official copy of your GRE or MAT test scores. Although test scores are not required for an admission decision, admitted students must submit test scores within the first semester of the program.

Test scores submitted must be less than five (5) years old.

On-site Interview and Writing Exam
All applicants must conduct an admission interview and complete an English essay exam with the program coordinator. No special preparation is required for this exam. Successful applicants will be contacted by the program coordinator.

Please note: International applicants to the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent will be required to submit additional documents. International applicants must submit a TOEFL or an IELTS score report. International students should score 80 or better on the TOEFL exam, or 6.5 or better on the IELTS.

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