Program Overview

Canisius College offers a Master of Science degree 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 bachelor’s degree.

Students will complete a number of courses that are designed to prepare them to teach English to speakers of other languages. These include Cultural Perspectives in Multilingual Education, Theory and Practice of Bilingual/Multilingual Education, Linguistics, Methods and Materials of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Evaluation Assessment in Bilingual/TESOL Education, College Supervised Fieldwork in TESOL, Measurement and Statistics, and Research Methods. Students will also be required to choose two of the following courses as electives: Native Language Arts, Methods of Teaching the Subject Areas in the Native Language, Reading & Writing in the Content Areas, Adolescent Literacy, or Emergent Literacy.

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: Master

    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).


    Baccalaureate degree in teaching.

    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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