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TESOL Teacher Education Program

(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

In recent years, the TESOL Teacher Education Program has been a locus of growth and change at Stony Brook University and in the field.  New courses and external funding have strengthened the program and its uniqueness and have greatly enriched the professional growth of its graduates.  As a result, the program has become nationally and internationally recognized for its innovative orientation in preparing teachers of students with linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. 

The program is housed within the  Department of Linguistics and prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate level to become teachers of English as a New Language (ENL) in grades Pre-K through 12.  Students study linguistics and pedagogy, design and implement workshops to raise cross-cultural awareness, and gain extensive practical experience in a  variety of educational settings, which include pre-schools, elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and adult education programs. The program’s curriculum is informed by analysis of English Language Learner student test data and the integration of technology.  The program interweaves intellectual rigor in the academic discipline, diverse educational approaches, and professional growth with pre-service teachers across disciplines and in authentic classroom contexts.

Alumni of the program are employed as teachers and coordinators of language programs in over 55 school districts and educational agencies on Long Island, in schools across New York State, and in English language programs in countries around the globe.


A program leading to a master’s degree in Linguistics and initial NYS TESOL teaching certification.

Prospective students must first be admitted to the MA TESOL Program in the Linguistics Department and the Graduate School before being admitted into the TESOL Teacher Education Program. 

Application deadlines for the following Fall semester:
International students: April 1st
Domestic students: July 1st 

Graduate + Extension

A program leading to a master’s degree in Linguistics and eligibility to apply for the TESOL Teaching Extension from NYSED.  

For graduate students who currently have another NYS Teaching Certificate and want a TESOL Teaching Extension, which is the Individual Evaluation for an Additional Classroom Certificate (Initial Certificate).

This certificate is awarded by the New York State Education Department and the determination of your eligibility for the alternate route certification can only be made by the NYS evaluators, who will look at your transcript and determine, on a case-by-case basis, which requirements you have met and what remains for you to do. You must earn a grade of B or better for a course to be accredited toward certification.

This program is also appropriate for graduate students who may be interested in teaching abroad. More information can be on the NYS Education Department site.

Additional questions may be addressed to Barbara Meskil of Nassau BOCES: (516) 997-8700; Patricia Mastrodomenico of Western Suffolk BOCES: (631) 549-4900; Nicole Cowan of Eastern Suffolk BOCES: (631) 687-3020. 




Teacher Certification

The TESOL Teacher Education Program is resolute in maintaining standards beyond the minimum required by New York State Education Department.  ALL students, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, seeking New York State TESOL teaching certification must successfully complete all requirements set forth by Stony Brook University as well as the New York State Education Department. This includes submitting and having an accepted edTPA Teacher Performance Assessment to New York State Education Department.  Find a full list of requirements at the  edTPA portal. The department has already implemented the edTPA requirements for certification. 

New York State requires teacher candidates to have completed the following seminars and passed the following tests: 

NCE 600: Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse
NCE 601: Identification and Referral of Substance Abuse
NCE 602: Prevention and Identification of School Violence
NCE 604: Training in Harassment, Bullying & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention (DASA)

Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Content Specialty Test (CST)

Note:  Non U.S.-residents can earn an initial certification (license). However, they must have an appropriate via in order to remain in this country and work upon completion of their studies. Prior to earning their professional certification (license), the non-resident alien must get a non-resident ‘green card’ or become a naturalized citizen.

Contact Information

Dr. Annette Shideler, EdD
Director of TESOL Teacher Education Program 
Department of Linguistics
Phone: (631) 632-8003
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Dr. Jose Elias-Ulloa
Director of Undergraduate Program in Linguistics
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Mariann Coogan
TESOL Student Teaching Clinical Supervisor
Phone: (631) 632-7737
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