Location: Capital Region Delivery Method: Online

With a 25-year history of success, the Clarkson Department of Education offers the tools needed to be a successful classroom teacher.

Make a difference in young lives by using your degree to teach and inspire future generations. Our graduates consistently have a success rate exceeding 90 percent on the rigorous New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and a job placement rate of 100 percent (2017). Students graduate with confidence and hands-on experience in the classroom, placing them among the most qualified and sought-after teachers in the field.

The Clarkson online Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT ESOL) program provides candidates with a full 39-credit master’s degree in the discipline. Coursework is offered completely online to accommodate busy schedules. This degree was created for aspiring teachers who want to work with English language learners. Candidates who complete this degree successfully will receive Clarkson’s endorsement of the candidate for initial/professional pre-K-12 certification in TESOL.

For teachers already practicing in the classroom who are interested in acquiring a second certification, we also offer a 16-credit online certificate of advanced study (CAS) in TESOL pathway. This certificate will provide added skills and value to your overall teaching portfolio, ensuring more flexibility and security in the job market and allowing schools to forgo putting a second teacher in a classroom with English language learners. Candidates who complete this certificate successfully will receive Clarkson’s endorsement of the candidate for initial certification in TESOL.

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Madeline Rehm Standing in a field
“In today’s political climate it is especially important that refugees and immigrants who come to the United States be able to communicate so they have the resources to not only survive but thrive. English language competency is essential to their success.”
- Madeline Rehm, MAT ESOL

Read How Madeline Found Her Passion Teaching English Language Learners

 

Student Teaching Residency & Fieldwork Locations

All MAT ESOL students complete an intensive summer online program with a fieldwork component, that is designed to prepare aspiring teachers for their year-long residency. One semester of the residency will be spent teaching grades K-6, and the other teaching grades 7-12, providing a well-rounded experience. Each candidate's residency will be individually decided upon with the candidate based on career goals and location.

The advance certificate pathway does not require a full-year residency; however, fieldwork components are included and will be arranged and completed in the candidate's local district.

Curriculum

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The MAT ESOL program at Clarkson is 39 credit hours, with completely online coursework. Students can complete the program in as little as one year or spread their studies out. Because each semester’s course offerings differ, program completion times may vary.  Students who begin in the summer term (mid-May) can complete the degree within 12 months. Students starting in the spring semester (second week of January) can complete the degree within 18 months. Those who start the program in the fall semester (last week of August) may complete the degree in 22 months.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The CAS program is a six-course sequence that starts with an intensive three-course summer term, including a short practicum, followed by two courses in the fall and one in the spring. The program can be completed in one calendar year or spread out over two years.

TESOL Curriculum

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Career Outlook

New York state needs teachers certified to teach ESOL. With the extraordinary growth of English language learning students, teaching positions in this area are going unfilled because schools cannot find certified teachers to hire. In the current environment, a rewarding teaching position in the field of TESOL is almost guaranteed.

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See What Inspired Sabine to Choose Clarkson

Clarkson is providing me with the tools to become a teacher who is able to generate a creative, engaging and caring classroom environment.

Sabine Murphy, MAT ESOL

Sabine Murphy

Grants & Scholarships

Clarkson and the government offer grants and scholarships to help you pay for school. There is even a specific grant for prospective teachers. To learn more, visit our scholarships page below.

Grants & Scholarships

 

Tuition Rate Guarantee

In an effort to keep our educational costs affordable, we guarantee that tuition rates will remain consistent for students who remain in the same course of study and attend at least every fall and spring semester until they’ve completed their degree.

Admission

General Admission Requirements

MAT ESOL

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A bachelor's degree with 12 credits (or demonstrated fluency) in a language other than English.
  • An undergraduate liberal arts core, including courses in humanities/the arts, writing/communication, social sciences and STEM.
  • ED500 Field Experience — four days of structured observation in secondary schools. Can be arranged by the CRC Department of Education coordinator Nicki Foley; please call 518-631-9870. (Must be completed prior to summer intensive; can be completed in the fall or spring of the first year if students select the two-year program.)
  • Educational psychology — an undergraduate course or Clarkson's CRC Department of Education exam. (Must be completed prior to summer intensive; can be completed in the fall or spring of the first year if students select the two-year program.)

A complete application file consists of the following items:

  • application form
  • resume
  • statement of purpose
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts
  • GRE or Miller Analogies Test (offered at CRC) (GRE or Miller Analogies Test may be waived for applicants with graduate degrees)
  • score of 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable)
  • in-person or virtual interview

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

For students applying to the 18-month program that begins in the spring, complete applications must be received by November 1. For students applying to the one-year MAT ESOL program that begins in the summer, complete applications must be received by April 1. For students applying for the two-year MAT ESOL program that begins in the fall, applications are due by June 1.

Early and on-time applicants will receive preferential review for scholarship opportunities.

Late applicants will be considered for acceptance and scholarships based on availability.

CAS TESOL

  • Ideal students for the CAS TESOL program are currently employed K-12 New York State teachers seeking additional certification.
  • A bachelor's degree with 12 credits (or demonstrated fluency) in a language other than English.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

A complete application file consists of the following items:

  • application form
  • resume
  • statement of purpose
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts
  • proof of current NYS initial certification in another discipline
  • in-person or virtual interview

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

For students applying with a desired summer start date, complete applications must be received by April 1. For students applying with a desired fall start date, applications are due by June 1. For both the CAS and MAT ESOL, the one year program begins in the summer.

Early and on-time applicants will receive preferential review for scholarship opportunities.

Late applicants will be considered for acceptance and scholarships based on availability.

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Accreditation

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the New York State Education Department.

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