Master of Arts in TESOL

Fairfield University's TESOL program has been nationally recognized by the TESOL International Association since 2009. A nationally recognized program is one that has systematically assessed candidates' learning and met rigorous standards developed by the specialty professional association (SPA) in that discipline. SPA recognition informs prospective students that the accredited college or university and nationally recognized program have met national standards for the profession and operate at a high level of educational quality and integrity.

Connecticut State TESOL Certification and Cross-Endorsement Testing Requirement

Connecticut requires all TESOL initial certification and cross-endorsement candidates to pass the new PRAXIS Test Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Test #0362 with a score of 155. This score may change with new versions of the test.

Note: Candidates must meet all current state requirements when they apply for certification.

Leadership in English Acquisition Pedagogy (LEAP)

Fairfield University’s TESOL Programs offer an MA program track in Leadership In English Acquisition Pedagogy (LEAP). The LEAP track is designed for practicing teachers in K-12 schools serving English Learners. They provide scientific research-based programs of study and opportunities to develop evidence-based practices and strategies to ensure today’s English Learners’ academic success. Candidates in the LEAP program will deepen their knowledge of linguistics, second language acquisition, and second language reading development at different language levels and across content areas. Grounded in the science of teaching, LEAP prepares candidates to address the changing roles of TESOL and bilingual professionals: push-in language instruction; co-teaching; and working with teams to design and provide supplemental language support, instructional design, assessment, and progress monitoring of ELs.

TESOL Durational Shortage Area Permit

Completion of all prerequisites to student teaching is required for initial certification candidates seeking a University endorsement for a DSAP position. In lieu of student teaching, candidates will enroll in a two-semester, six-credit sequence of University-supervised teaching and a three-credit student teaching/DSAP seminar the first semester of the DSAP assignment.

Certified teachers seeking a DSAP position in TESOL must be fully enrolled in an MA or SYC program and must have completed 12 hours before being considered for a University DSAP endorsement.

Admission

After an initial application review, successful applicants are invited to campus for an interview. The purpose of the interview is twofold: to offer applicants an opportunity to review the program with an advisor and help the advisor assess the applicant's potential for success as a graduate candidate. Once a formal admission letter is received, each candidate must reply using the link provided in the letter, accept the offer of admission, and contact their assigned faculty advisor to finalize a planned program of study. Application deadlines are listed online.

Admission to the TESOL initial certification program with MA requires the following:

  1. An earned bachelor's degree.
  2. Completion of general education coursework as specified in the State of Connecticut regulations and program requirements.
  3. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.67 and a minimum 3.00 GPA in the major or certification subject area.
  4. Testing Requirements for Programs Leading to Initial Certification. Candidates must take PRAXIS CORE, SAT, ACT, or the GRE. Candidates who do not have passing scores on one or more sections of the test may be required to remediate any deficient area. Remediation may include re-taking and passing the sections that were not passed, taking additional coursework, or other remediation activities. If additional courses are required, the candidate must complete the coursework at a grade of B (3.00) or above and provide an official transcript to the Dean's office prior to student teaching. Please see advisor for additional details and recommendations.
  5. Prior to Student Teaching: Candidates must complete all program courses required for certification.
  6. Prior to Certification: Candidates in the TESOL initial certification or cross-endorsement program must attain passing scores on the PRAXIS II Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Any matriculated candidate whose relevant academic productivity is marginal or inadequate, who does not embody a socially responsible professional disposition, or who demonstrates unsuitable personal qualities, may not be recommended for continuation in the program, a student teaching placement, or state certification. Candidates are expected to behave in accordance with the State of Connecticut's Teachers Code of Professional Responsibility. In addition, the Disposition Statement presented in this catalog is applicable to this program as it is to all programs in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

MA in TESOL for Non-K-12 Educators

Education Courses
ED 0429Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 0512Contemporary Schooling in Society3
ED 0552Participatory Research and Advocacy in School and Community Settings3
or ED 0499 Introduction to Educational Research
MD 0400Introduction to Educational Technology3
TESOL Courses
SL 0423Foundations of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education3
or SL 0467 Language Acquisition
SL 0436TESOL Methods and Materials Development3
SL 0475Sociolinguistics3
SL 0527Testing and Assessment in TESOL and Bilingual Programs3
SL 0099Comprehensive Examination in TESOL and Bilingual/Multicultural Education0
Select three elective courses in consultation with advisor9
Total Credits33

MA in TESOL with Initial Certification

Education Courses
ED 0429Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 0442Educational Psychology3
MD 0400Introduction to Educational Technology3
SE 0403Foundations in Research and Evaluation of Psychoeducational Issues in Special Education3
TESOL Courses
SL 0423Foundations of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education3
or SL 0467 Language Acquisition
SL 0433Elementary TESOL/Bilingual Advanced Practicum 13
or SL 0489 Secondary TESOL/Bilingual Advanced Practicum
SL 0436TESOL Methods and Materials Development3
SL 0441Teaching and Learning within Multicultural Contexts of Education3
SL 0451Infusing Content Language Instruction into TESOL/Bilingual Programs3
SL 0527Testing and Assessment in TESOL and Bilingual Programs3
SL 0530Content Language & Reading Acquisition for English Language Learners and Students with Special Needs3
SL 0540Capstone Seminar in English Acquisition Pedagogy3
Select 1-3 elective courses in consultation with advisor 23-12
Additional Certification Requirements 3
SL 0581Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching 46
or SL 0588
SL 0589
Directed Observation I for TESOL/Bilingual DSAP Candidates
and Directed Observation II for TESOL/Bilingual DSAP Candidates
SL 0582TESOL Student Teaching and DSAP Seminar3
Additional MA Degree Requirements
SL 0099Comprehensive Examination in TESOL and Bilingual/Multicultural Education 50
ED 0598edTPA Portfolio 60
Total Credits48-57

Notes

  • The State requires 9 credits of bilingualism/language study. (This may include undergraduate courses.) Candidates who have not taken world language coursework have the option of taking College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests and receiving college credit to fulfill this requirement.

MA in TESOL: Concentration in Leadership in English Acquisition Pedagogy

English Syntax and Composition
SL 0422Teaching Grammar in Second Language Settings3
Language Theory
SL 0420Linguistic Foundations of English Acquisition3
Linguistic and Academic Assessment
SL 0421Linguistics and Language Assessment3
Culture and Intergroup Relations
SL 0441Teaching and Learning within Multicultural Contexts of Education3
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching ESL
SL 0419Special Learners in the Bilingual/ESL Classroom3
SL 0436TESOL Methods and Materials Development3
SL 0530Content Language & Reading Acquisition for English Language Learners and Students with Special Needs3
Additional Courses
SL 0433Elementary TESOL/Bilingual Advanced Practicum3
or SL 0489 Secondary TESOL/Bilingual Advanced Practicum
SL 0540Capstone Seminar in English Acquisition Pedagogy3
Select two elective courses in consultation with advisor6
Total Credits33

MA in TESOL with Cross-Endorsement

Education Courses
ED 0429Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 0512Contemporary Schooling in Society3
ED 0552Participatory Research and Advocacy in School and Community Settings3
or ED 0499 Introduction to Educational Research
MD 0400Introduction to Educational Technology3
TESOL Courses
SL 0423Foundations of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education3
or SL 0467 Language Acquisition
SL 0436TESOL Methods and Materials Development3
SL 0475Sociolinguistics3
SL 0527Testing and Assessment in TESOL and Bilingual Programs3
Select 4-6 additional courses from the TESOL program in consultation with advisor 112-18
SL 0099Comprehensive Examination in TESOL and Bilingual/Multicultural Education0
Total Credits36-42

Cross-Endorsement in TESOL without the MA

Select 30 hours of approved coursework, including study in each of the following areas:30
English Syntax and Composition
Language Theory
Culture and Intergroup Relations
Linguistic and Academic Assessment
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching ESL
Total Credits30