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Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is November 1, 2024.

Guaranteed 65% Scholarship

Online Learning Options

Possible Job Embedded Placement

Program Overview

Few careers give people the opportunity to impact individuals and communities like teaching. Can you think of a specific teacher who made a difference in your life? Would you like to become that kind of teacher? 

Teachers who work with speakers of other languages in K-12 schools are increasingly important, given the growing number of students who need to learn English as a new language. Warner will prepare you to become an innovative TESOL teacher, committed and able to help all students succeed. If you want to complete the master’s program leading to initial teaching certification full-time in 15 months, you must start the program in the summer.  

Key Program Features

  • Shortest Program: Preservice teachers can complete the program in 15 months of full-time study (if starting in summer); certified teachers seeking additional certification in TESOL may require less time.
  • Focus on TESOL: Includes three courses as well as internships (taken concurrently with methods courses) that are specific to teaching and learning a new language.
  • Focus on Teaching ALL Students: Includes courses on diversity and working with students with disabilities (may be transferred in for certified teachers).
  • Option to Add Specializations: For a few extra credits you can pursue additional NYS certifications or Warner advanced certificates that can can strengthen your effectiveness with diverse learners and make you more marketable.
  • Hybrid-Online Courses: Some of the courses are offered online, and can be taken from all over the world, allowing students to personally experience the potential of online learning and to shorten residency on campus.
  • Flexible: The program can be pursued full time or part time, allowing you to go at your own pace.

Prerequisites (as required by NYS)

  • Undergraduate degree in a liberal art (BA) or science (BS).
  • At least 12 credits in languages other than English.

Prerequisites (international)

  • Undergraduate degree (although undergraduates can begin the advanced certificate while completing their program).
  • Experience learning another language.
  • Proficiency in the English language (for international students, this means TOEFL scores of 90 or above, or equivalent in other recognized tests). Occasional exceptions may be made; contact us

Scholarships, Tuition, & Financial Aid

Guaranteed 65% Tuition Savings

Byron Williams Teaching Scholarships

Partnerships with Area Colleges


International Students

The demand for people who can teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and English as a foreign language (EFL) is growing, both in the United States and abroad. While there may be no required credentials for TESOL/EFL teachers outside of U.S. K-12 public schools, the quality of preparation matters! With a degree from Warner you will stand out as an TESOL/EFL teacher who can be effective, innovative, and culturally responsive.

We recommend international students consider non-certification options

(Not eligible for guaranteed 65% tuition)

  • Opportunities for Field Experiences: International students can benefit from a wide range of internships and volunteer opportunities, gaining important learning experiences in area schools, colleges, and community agencies, while also strengthening their English skills.
  • Leverage our collaboration with international universities in China and Mexico.
  • Network of International Alumni: Past students have come from various countries, including the United States, China, Kosovo, Chile, and Turkey.

Degree & Certification Options

I want to obtain a master's degree leading to initial and professional New York State teaching certifications in TESOL.

MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Grades K-12)

I want to obtain a master's degree leading to a professional certification in TESOL.

  • Additional prerequisites: initial certification in TESOL

MS in Professional Study: Generalist (ESOL 7-12)

To add an additional content area certification, refer to that content area page.

I want to obtain a master's degree leading to a professional certification in my original subject area and my TESOL professional certification.

  • Additional prerequisites: initial certification in a subject area other than TESOL and 30 credits in TESOL

MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Grades K-12)

I want to learn how to teach English to speakers of other languages, but I am not seeking a New York State teaching certification.

  • For those interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages in learning environments other than NYS public K-12 schools (e.g., independent, private or charter schools; community colleges; professional or technical schools; colleges and universities outside of the United States; or other more informal settings

MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Non-Teacher Certification)

I want to develop a specialization in one of these areas for as few as three additional credits.

Urban Teaching & Leadership

Teacher Leadership

Online Teaching

Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools

I want to add TESOL as a second New York State certification.

  • Additional prerequisites: a master’s degree; can be completed concurrently

Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (K-12)

Customize Your Degree

Our degrees are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations. Whether you want to add an advanced certificate or specialize in a distinct area of emphasis, we can help craft the best option for you.

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is November 1, 2024.

University of Rochester Teacher Residency Programs

ROC Urban Teaching Fellows Program and Monroe Regional Teacher Residency Consortium are a paid teacher residency programs designed to collaboratively prepare and sustain skilled teachers to effectively serve the varied needs of students, families, and school communities.

  • 1 year paid teacher residency while studying
  • $15,000 toward tuition
  • Earn your Master's in Teaching with Initial Certification
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Program Director

Nicole King

Assistant Professor (Clinical)

International Director

Hairong Shang-Butler

Associate Professor (Clinical)

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