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Program Details

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.


Baccalaureate degree in teaching.

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).