M.S. in Teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) (combined with advanced certificates) TT4

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the TT4 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (7-12 Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (4-9 Additional Credits)
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (7-12 Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 30 credits. The detailed M.S. in Teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) (combined with advanced certificates) TT4 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) (combined with advanced certificates) TT4

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods

Choose a course on diversity; choices include but are not limited to:
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
ED437 Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
EDE436 Diversity and Equity in Education

Specialization Courses   
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice
ED480 Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
EDU435 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)
EDU463 Implementing Innovation in Foreign Languages and ESOL Education
EDE465 Master's Essay: TESOL

Chose two other literacy electives; choices include but are not limited to:
ED409 Language and Literacy in Education
EDU414 American Educational and Linguistic Practices
ED432 Professional Writing and Communications
EDU467 Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development


Choose electives for a total of at least 5 credits.

Optional Field Experiences   

We recommend that you enroll at least once in these optional field experiences to better understand the U.S. education system and culture and thus inform your reading of the research literature:
EDF444 Field Experiences in American Higher Education (variable credits)
EDF444 Field Experiences in American Higher Education (variable credits)


1. This is a combined program that includes at least one advanced certificate (among the ones listed on page 1 of this form) in addition to the basic master’s degree. This means that your master’s degree will not be conferred until you have also completed all the requirements for your chosen advanced certificate(s).

2. You will be able to change your choice of additional advanced certificate(s) after your program of study has been approved; however, this will require prior written approval of your advisor and an amendment of your program of study. International students will also need to check in advance with the University International Student Office (ISO) if the proposed change requires a change in their completion date.

3. Engaging in the field experiences organized through in EDF444 is optional, although highly recommended for international students who have no prior experience studying in the U.S. " especially in their first year. These field experiences will provide international students with opportunities for observations and experiences that deepen their understanding of U.S. education and thus enable them to get more out of readings and discussions in any of their other courses.

4. As per New York State regulations, credits earned from field experiences and other internships cannot be counted as coursework; therefore, credits earned through EDF444 or any of the practicum/internship experiences required by your chosen advanced certificate(s) cannot be counted towards the minimum of coursework credits required for the master’s degree or as electives for that program.

5. Consistent with the University of Rochester policy, no more than 10 credits of coursework from other institutions can be used to meet the requirements for this master degree, and also no more than 1/3 of the credits required by each of your chosen advanced certificates can be transferred from another institution.

6. Students are encouraged to choose their electives strategically so as to meet some of the requirements of their chosen additional advanced certificate(s). However, each additional advanced certificate included in the combined program needs to add at least an additional 3 credit hours to the minimum credits required for the master’s degree.

7. The number of credits required to complete this enhanced program will depend on the chosen additional advanced certificate(s), the choice made for electives, and whether you choose to take advantage of the optional field experiences.

8. International students are required to carefully plan with their advisor the sequence of courses and field experiences needed to complete all the requirements for their master’s degree as well as chosen advanced certificates, so as to ensure that they maintain full-time status for the duration of their program. An expected program completion date needs to be identified early in the program and communicated to ISO; any changes in expected completion date need to be communicated and approved in advance by ISO. In particular, please keep in mind that a program extension to complete a culminating assessment (i.e., Master’s Thesis, Essay or Portfolio) might be allowed for at most a semester and it is considered an exception rather than the norm.

9. You are expected to register for credits in EDE465: Master’s Essay Seminar " TESOL in the semester when you start working on your master’s essay. We recognize that completing this key program requirement may take more than one semester for international students whose first language is not English. If this is the case and a student cannot complete the master’s essay within the semester when s/he first enroll in EDE465, s/he will still be able to receive a satisfactory grade as long as the seminar’s requirement have been satisfied; however, the student will have to once again attend and register for EDE465 the following semester " as well as register for ED899: Continuation of Enrollment to maintain full-time status. The credits earned through the second registration cannot be used to meet the minimum of 30 credits required for the M.S. in TESOL. Students who do not complete their master’s essay by the second time they take EDE465 will be involuntarily withdrawn from the program.