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Teacher Preparation Programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
The Warner School’s teacher preparation program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares individuals for entry-level teaching positions and advanced teacher certification. Graduates of our program become teachers who understand and champion the needs of students who are learning English as a second language.

Each year, more and more students whose first language is not English are putting down roots in urban, suburban, and rural schools across the country. By 2050, the English language learner population is expected to double, and most, if not all, teachers will need to be prepared to teach this growing population. Our TESOL program equips both pre-service and in-service teachers with the knowledge, tools, and skills to work effectively with English language learners in K-12 schools.

As a TESOL teacher, you see a microcosm of the world in one single classroom. At Warner, we prepare teachers who find innovative ways to make learning English fun, meaningful, authentic, and relevant to students from every background. They understand where immigrant and refugee students come from and capitalize on the diverse histories, traditions, and educational experiences that they bring to the classroom. And, as strong advocates for their students, they are committed to creating socially just schools and leading changes needed for increased academic achievement of all English language learners.

Through coursework and field experiences, our graduate students deepen their understanding of the English language, linguistics, and language acquisition while learning innovative and effective ways to teach this growing population. Our program aims to prepare teachers who understand that learning English includes communicative competence, cultural expertise, and mastery of the structural complexities of the English language. Students become TESOL teachers who know how to create and adapt curricula and classroom instruction around authentic materials, contexts, and purposes that engage students in the English language.

TESOL teachers are constantly learning from students, their families and communities, and the curriculum they develop around their students. By bridging planning and instructional strategies with theory and research that supports them, our graduates know how to develop curriculum and teaching practices that are learner centered—where they start from what English language learners already know and build on that to link to their students’ home and community lives. And, they seek out and develop habits of a reflective practitioner and collaborate with other professionals to improve learning opportunities and meet the diverse needs of all students. These powerful classroom practices and experiences give their students, who are learning English, an equal opportunity to succeed both in and out of the classroom and in a life beyond high school.

Programs preparing entry-level TESOL teachers (leading to NYS Initial and Professional Certification for grades K-12 plus possible enhancements for incusion, urban settings, and teaching a foreign language):
- MS (39 credits):(TT1) https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/TT1

Programs for current teachers seeking additional certification in TESOL:
- MS (Grades K-12) https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/ST1 : (ST1) or certification only: (NT1) https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/NT1

Programs for holders of initial certification in TESOL seeking professional certification:
- MS program (with 12 credits of electives): (PT1) https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/PT1

- MS + specialization in Urban Teaching & Leadership: (PT8) https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/PT8

- MS leading to a new area of certification

Programs for teaching English to speakers of other languages outside U.S. k-12 schools
- MS program (TT3) https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/TT3

New York State Teaching Certifications
To become a TESOL teacher in New York State, you need to obtain NYS Initial Teaching Certification in TESOL for grades K-12. Professional Certification and a master’s degree are also eventually required. Our Warner TESOL teacher preparation program will provide you with all the coursework needed to apply for both NYS certifications as part of a master’s degree. Provided you have the necessary content background, our program also allows you to pursue more than one certification at the same time and with minimal additional credits.

No doubt you had a teacher who took a genuine interest, who really opened your eyes to the possibilities. You can become that teacher: The one who creates a classroom where spirits soar and success is the expectation.
At Warner, you’ll grow into a thoughtful practitioner with a deep understanding of your subject and the best way to teach it. You
will develop an approach that is grounded in current research and authentic practices, that promotes social justice and supports students’ growth and development.
And you’ll do it quicker. A teaching degree from the Warner School can be completed in just 15 months. (Most take two years.) Classes begin in May, right after graduation, and run through the following August. And since New York has some of the toughest certifications around, you can take what you’ve learned just about anywhere.





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