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TESOL Advanced Certificate

NYSUT’s Education & Learning Trust (NYSUT ELT) and Mercy College have partnered to make it easier for teachers to pursue New York State Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification through its expanded online program.

Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (12 credits)

Applicants to the program are required to possess a master’s degree and NYS teaching certificate other than TESOL, and provide documentation of 12 credits in a language other than English. The NYS certification in ESOL requirements include successful completion of the Content Specialty Test in ESOL, training for the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), and participation in a 20-day clinical practice experience teaching ESL to ELLs.

NYSUT ELT Core Course:
EDUC 505 Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits)

Mercy Courses:
EDUC 629 Modern English Structure and the Teaching of English as a Second Language (3 credits)
EDUC 636 (Pre-requisite for EDUC 707) Methods and Materials of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits)
EDUC 707 Mentoring Seminar in TESOL (3 credits)

*After completing NYSUT core course(s) with a grade of B or above, students formally apply to Mercy College for matriculation in order to complete remaining requirements.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Students are NOT eligible to register for a Mercy sponsored course through NYSUT ELT or UFT if:

  • they have already completed 15 Mercy College credits through NYSUT ELT or UFT
  • they are currently enrolled in a Mercy College degree or Advanced Certificate Program
  • they are on a financial hold with Mercy College OR
  • they were academically dismissed by Mercy College

ELT is not responsible for reimbursement of tuition for students who register for any Mercy courses if they meet any of the above criteria.

NYSUT ELT is an approved provider of DASA training. Please contact us for more information.

For information on Supplementary Certification in TESOL, view NYSUT’s Fact Sheet 16-04: Requirements for Supplementary Certificates for Teaching English Language Learners in NYS.

Be mindful: New York State regulation (effective Fall of 2016) requires that all graduate schools of education use a standardized test as part of the admission process. If you are planning to matriculate into a Graduate Education Program, you will have to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in order to meet this new regulation.