Program Overview

Canisius College offers a Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This program is entirely online and prepares teachers to become TESOL specialists in New York. There is a growing need for skilled teachers who are certified to teach non-English speakers. Applicants should have completed their Master’s Degree in Teaching.

Students will take six courses (18 credits) in order to complete the certificate. These include courses in Cultural Issues, Theory and Practice of Bilingual/TESOL Education, Linguistics, Methods/Materials of TESOL, Evaluation/Assessment in Bilingual/TESOL Education, and Supervised Fieldwork.

Graduates are expected to have gained a number of skills. These include demonstrating content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and possessing an understanding of language as a system, including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and semantics. Graduates will also demonstrate necessary professional skills and dispositions. Lastly, students will be able to apply their acquired knowledge in order to evaluate their own professional performance and decision making.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    The Canisius College School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Richard J. Wehle School of Business is the largest private institution in Western New York accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).


    • Completion of a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
    • Evidence of teaching certification complete or in progress
    • Evidence of completion of 12 credit hours of college/university level credit in a language other than English

    • Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation

    School Overview

    In 1870, German Jesuits constructed a building to establish Canisius College in Buffalo New York. Today, this institute has grown to include 56 structures on 72 acres. More importantly, Canisius College still retains its Catholic and Jesuit heritage.

    Students can pursue over 100 majors, minors, and other programs of study, and Canisius offers students 1,000 plus courses, awarding associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. For students seeking graduate level work, Canisius offers degrees in the fields of business, education, arts & sciences, counseling & human services, allied health, and administration. Options for completion include one hundred percent online coursework, hybrid courses with short residency requirements, half-online and half campus-based courses, and blended courses taught primarily face-to-face with an added web-based component. Canisius College supports distance learners with resources, such as technical help, tutorials, and an online learning readiness webpage.


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