TESOL and Bilingual Education

The TESOL and Bilingual Education programs are offered at the Master’s and Sixth Year Certificate levels. The MA degree programs are designed for prospective teachers seeking initial certification or certified teachers seeking a cross-endorsement in TESOL or in elementary or secondary bilingual education. Candidates in the certification programs are prepared to educate K-12 students who are learning English as a second or additional language. A TESOL MA only option for candidates interested in teaching adults is also available. Applicants interested in the bilingual education cross-endorsement must be certified teachers (elementary K-6 or secondary 7-12 in an academic area) and must demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other language in accordance with current Connecticut State Department of Education regulations.

The Sixth Year Certificates (SYC) are designed for certified teachers with an MA in TESOL or bilingual education or an MA, professional development training, or some coursework in TESOL or bilingual education, and extensive experience working with language minority populations.