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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Certificate of Advanced Study Program

Program Code: CAS-ED

Major Code:ESOL

HEGIS: 1508.00

School of Education, Dean's Office

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is comprised of five required content courses (15 credit hours) including 50 clock hours of field experience throughout followed by a practicum totaling 20 days divided between elementary and middle/secondary grades where ELLs are the focus of instruction. The CAS is designed to provide the skills necessary to effectively address the needs of non-native speakers of English in American educational settings. The program allows practicing teachers to broaden their understanding of language acquisition processes, pedagogical concerns, and English language content. As an initial certificate, the program requires student teaching experience with English Language Learners (ELL). This may be achieved during employment in a school with a significant ELL population. After successfully completing the program and completing all other state-mandated requirements candidates will receive a college recommendation for Initial Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Each course within the program requires 10 field/observation/practical hours for a total of 50 clock hours that are arranged by the instructor and which offer candidates the opportunity to reflect upon the application of course work in school settings. The final 20 days of student teaching are divided between elementary and secondary levels.

Admission Requirements:

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit scores from a national test (GRE or MAT). The MAT test is offered at Buffalo State: contact the Graduate School for information. More information about the GRE can be found at www.gre.org. Applicants who have below a 3.0 GPA but above a 2.5 will be subject to additional admission review; students are encouraged to check with the department.

Additional admission requirements:

Evidence of a completed undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or a nationally recognized institution of higher education in another country.

Completion of a New York State teacher-education program leading to a college recommendation for Initial Certification in a core area such as early childhood or childhood or secondary education.

Evidence of a minimum of 12 credit hours at the higher education level in the study of a foreign language (NB: This requirement can be fulfilled during the program of study for the CAS.)

Evidence of English language proficiency for candidates whose native language is not English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, local proficiency exam, or bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking university).

Program Requirements

Required Courses

18 - 21 cr

ESL 503

Foundations of Foreign and Second Language Education

ESL 540

Second Language Acquisition Theory

ESL 600

English as a Second Language Methods

ESL 602

Assessment in Foreign and Second Language Education

ESL 613

Content Area English as a Second Language Instruction

EDU 500

Practicum in Education (3-6 credits)



50 hours of field experiences distributed in coursework followed by 20 days of student teaching in high need schools divided between elementary level (1-6) and secondary level (7-12).

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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